Simple Cinnamon Cake

‘Tiny cinnamon cakes perfect for a tea time over snowy days’

Nobody in our household has a crazy sweet tooth but Christmas brings out the cosiest time to bake. If it is not for you, let it be for those unexpected guests or friends coming over for drinks or coffee. I love making small sized cakes, so none of it ends up in waste as my hubby and I don’t really eat that much sugar. I also have a mild obsession with old-fashioned cake tins, particular French ones that I have “accidently” collected over the years. Gladly all of them are put to good use, especially over chilly dark winter days. I wanted to share this classic cinnamon coffee cake recipe, as cinnamon and Christmas go hand in hand.

This cinnamon cake is really simple and delicious, very similar to a layer cake and bullet proof easy even if you are not good at baking. I added a little icing on top, as a little sugar drizzle never hurt anyone, but that is totally up to you.

Cinnamon cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberry

Icing Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Mix all the ingredients together for a running icing


Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease the cake tin (1 large 10-inch or several small ones) and lightly flour.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cranberry, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, mix together the sugar, butter and vanilla with a handheld whisk. Add in the eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour mixture while beating at the same time and simultaneously adding in the milk.

Pour the batter into the cake tins and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until the toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Sometimes the smaller cake tins cake a shorter time to cook so keep an eye on it occasionally. Allow the cake to cool before removing it from the tin.

Make the glaze and drizzle on top once the cake has cooled. Garnish with powdered sugar, dried cranberry and rose buds.

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