Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

Happy 2015, everybody!

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been absent. It was totally beyond my control this time. That flu epidemic the CDC declared the other day found its way into my house. I’ve never been so sick in my life. A week down, unable to do anything but moan. And in the process, my blog just kind of stopped.

But now it’s back, and it’s a new year! Don’t expect me to go with the trend here and start posting healthy recipes. I have very strong feelings about resolutions this time of year. It’s not that I don’t believe in making healthy decisions, but doing it on January 1st is just plain odd. Why would you want to? That date seems to have an alarming failure rate.

Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

And by the way, so does dieting. 95% of all diets fail because they’re unsustainable. What is sustainable is moderation. So by all means eat this amazing cinnamon breakfast cake, but then don’t have a giant brownie after lunch and a milkshake with dinner. Your coronary arteries will not be happy with you.

Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

This cake is sheer, unadulterated cinnamon goodness. It’s got a thin layer of chocolate and cinnamon toward the bottom and then the rest is just light and fluffy. It’s perfect for breakfast when you’re in the mood for something a little less hard-hitting than your average cinnamon pastry but don’t want to sacrifice any of that flavor.

Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

Incidentally, this guy is gluten-free. No, that’s not code for “healthy.” That just means that I used certified gluten-free oat flour in this cake, and it worked out beautifully. Oats and cinnamon are a perfect pair! The bottom layer is also quite joyous, combining not just cinnamon and chocolate but also a touch of coffee. So if coffee is your beverage of choice in the morning, you’ll be quite the happy camper.

Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

I’ve missed you, and from the bottom of my heart, I curse the flu. Stay healthy out there, and I’m not talking about your food choices. Wash your hands and stay away from schools, day care centers, and doctors’ offices!


Cinnamon Breakfast Cake


1 and 3/4 cups oat flour, labeled gluten-free
1 and 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cup milk (I used 2 percent)
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1/4 cup cinnamon chips (Hershey brand)
1/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8 x 8 pan with enough foil to hang over the sides and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Using a different bowl, mix the milk, eggs and vanilla together. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until you have a smooth batter. Fold in the melted butter until just combined.
  4. In a small bowl, make the filling. Mix the sugar, cinnamon and coffee. Do not add the chocolate or cinnamon chips, but hold them in reserve.
  5. Pour 1/3 of the batter into the cake pan. Sprinkle on the filling, and then evenly distribute the chocolate and cinnamon chips. Pour the remaining batter on top.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I hope you’re feeling better, Mir! Everyone is getting sick around here and it’s no fun! This cinnamon breakfast cake looks fantastic! I love how moist and fluffy it looks. And anything with cinnamon is a winner to me. Yum!
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    1. Mir

      It’s very cinnamony, Gayle! Makes me feel much better after this awful flu. What a bummer!

  2. Mira

    Sorry to hear you’ve been sick Mir… Not fun at all!!! But glad you are getting better!
    This cake looks fantastic! Love the cinnamon flavor! Pinned!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks for the well wishes and the pin, Mira! I always forget what the flu is like. It’s a doozy!

  3. Annie @Maebells

    Oh that is terrible!! I had the flu last year and it was HORRIBLE! I seriously didn’t get up for four days and I hardly remember it! I am glad it has passed!
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    1. Mir

      I’m glad you blocked it out! Nothing good to remember about it, that’s for sure!


    Oh my…I’m so happy to hear you’re feeling better! Not fun! Now this cake on the other hand…fun! Sounds delicious! recently posted…English Muffin Toast with Blueberry Fig JamMy Profile

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Annie! It’s good recovery food. I need calories right now!

  5. Dina

    Looks delish! Now suppose I wanted to make this with regular wheat flour? Or ww flour? Any idea on how much to use?

    1. Mir

      Use the same amount of flour, Dina. That said, I’m not sure how it will come out with whole wheat. I’d recommend whole wheat pastry flour if you want to go that route. Hope it turns out well!

  6. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    I’m glad you’re feeling better! I’m right there with you on resolutions and diets. #fail. Moderation is where it’s at. I might not be able to hold back on this cake though. Yum!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, though moderation ain’t as easy as you’d think. But I try every day! Thanks, Lindsay!

  7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I’m so sorry you were sick! That’s the worst. 🙁 I hope you’re all better now. LOVE this cake!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Dorothy! It pretty much sucked. But now I get to build back up!

  8. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Cake for breakfast? Count me in! This looks absolutely fantastic! Hope you’re feeling better Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Trish! I’m definitely starting to eat again, so cake for breakfast seems deserved. 🙂

  9. Danielle

    Glad you’re feeling better! I agree about the resolutions, I think starting them in January is never the best idea. I love this cinnamon breakfast cake! It looks so soft and moist!
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    1. Mir

      It’s so silly, right? People suddenly get healthy for about 2 weeks. I don’t get it, Danielle!

  10. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Glad you’re feeling better Mir! I’m hoping the flu shot pays off this year and we manage to avoid it. I’m totally with you on everything in moderation rather than trying to diet, it works so much better. This cinnamon cake looks fantastic!
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    1. Mir

      Bad news, Stacey. I got the flu shot. The clinic explained that the flu virus has mutated this year and the shot is offering pretty limited protection. So wash your hands a lot and stay safe!

  11. Queen of Spices

    sorry you were sick. i have a sick daughter this week and am looking for some deliciousness to get her appetite back.

    1. Mir

      Good luck with your daughter! Whenever my kids are sick, I let them eat whatever they feel like eating, but it’s so hard when their appetites just aren’t there. The poor things don’t even want chocolate or candy!

  12. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Nothing like cake for breakfast to make you feel better! Hope you 2015 is great 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Yours too, Medha! May your 2015 be full of cake!

  13. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    I’m so glad you are feeling better. You definitely rebounded with a beauty of a cake for sure. Looks delicious!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Jocelyn! Cake helps everyone rebound faster!

  14. Ashley @ ashleymarieskitchen

    Glad to hear your feeling better Mir! This cinnamon cake looks fantastic and the perfect way to start the day 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Ashley! It’s much better than starting the day with oatmeal. Or eggs. Or anything else!

  15. Jason

    How can this not have gluten… amazing!

    1. Mir

      You flatter me, Jase. Love you, honey!

  16. Linda

    I’m totally with you on the swing to obsessive dieting like that is some atoning for gluttony over the holidays. People will go unhealthy to avoid fat in the diet and that isn’t a bad thing unless you go nuts with it. You are right about moderation. You can have your cake and eat it too during the holidays and come out the other side still at a decent weight, still feeling good about yourself and energetic without starving yourself and investing in chemicals to avoid fat. Good for you!! Sorry you were sick but it sounds like you have your mojo back and this great recipe proves it! Thanks for one that doesn’t go the obsessive extreme and gives GF folks a great treat too!!

    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Linda! You and I are in the same camp here. I’ll never deprive myself of something good, but extremes either way are really dangerous. Eat that brownie! Just eat your veggies, too.

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