Snickerdoodle Cake — The interior of this addicting snickerdoodle cake is soft, buttery, dense, and has an almost pound cake-like texture. The cinnamon-sugar filling is my favorite part!
Easy Snickerdoodle Cake Recipe
Snickerdoodle fans are going to be in heaven with this bundt cake. The interior is soft, buttery, dense, and has an almost pound cake-like texture. Greek yogurt (or sour cream) helps keep the cake moist and also provides an ever-so-slight tanginess that snickerdoodle cookies have.
The snickerdoodle cake is coated with cinnamon-sugar and there’s a cinnamon-sugar filling that runs through the center of the cake. It’s a happy tunnel of cinnamon-sugar love that turns crunchy while the cake bakes. The texture contrast of the crunchy crust and filling with the tender crumb of the cake is wonderful.
My family raved about the cake, saying it was the best coffee cake ever and told me I should start selling it.
Being that it’s already coated with cinnamon-sugar, there’s no need to make frosting or spend time frosting a cake. A win-win.
What’s in This Snickerdoodle Cake?
To make this snickerdoodle bundt cake recipe, you’ll need:
- Granulated sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Unsalted butter
- Light brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Greek yogurt or sour cream
How to Make Snickerdoodle Cake
Before making the cake batter, you’ll need to prep the bundt pan. Generously spray the pan with cooking spray, then evenly coat with cinnamon-sugar. Once that’s done, make the batter.
Cream together the butter, sugars, and eggs, adding each ingredient one at a time, being sure to whip the mixture thoroughly between each addition. Stir in the yogurt and dry ingredients, then turn half the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar, then top with remaining batter.
Bake the snickerdoodle cake until the top is lightly golden brown and set, and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Don’t overbake because the cinnamon-sugar crust will become overly crunchy.
Can I Make This in a Regular Cake Pan?
No, the cake batter won’t fit in a single 9-inch round cake pan. I’ve only ever made this as a bundt cake, but if you don’t have a bundt pan you may be able to use a 9×13-inch pan instead.
Can I Freeze Snickerdoodle Cake?
Most likely, but I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t say for sure.
Tips for Making Snickerdoodle Cake
When preparing the bundt pan, you will only need about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cinnamon-sugar, but try to evenly coat the inside surface of the pan, including the tube. You want to get into every nook and cranny of your pan with the cinnamon-sugar!
When making this cake, be sure to follow my instructions to a tee. You really need to take the time to properly cream together the wet ingredients, otherwise your pound cake will turn out incredibly dense.
Note that I used 0% fat Greek yogurt in this recipe, but any plain Greek yogurt or sour cream will work.
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For Preparing the Pan and Creating the Filling:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
For the Cake:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream (I used Greek yogurt)
- To a small bowl, add 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and whisk to combine; set aside.
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Generously spray a 9-inch (12-cup) Bundt pan with floured cooking spray (or grease the pan with shortening), being careful to cover all the nooks and crannies, as well as the center tube. Gently dust the entire inside of the pan with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. You will only need about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cinnamon-sugar, but try to evenly coat the inside surface of the pan, including the tube.
- Save the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture for layering in as the filling; set everything aside.
- To a large bowl, add the flour, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and whisk to combine; set aside.
- To the mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer), add the butter and beat on medium-high speed for 1 minute.
- Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add 1 cup granulated sugar and mix on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the brown sugar and mix on medium-high speed until the mixture looks light brown and uniform in color, about 2 minutes.
- Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the eggs one at a time, mixing on medium speed for 1 minute after each egg.
- Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the vanilla and mix on medium speed to incorporate, about 30 seconds.
- Add half the flour mixture, half the Greek yogurt or sour cream, and mix on medium-low speed until incorporated, about 1 minute.
- Add the remaining flour mixture, remaining Greek yogurt or sour cream, and mix on medium-low speed until incorporated, about 1 minute.
- Turn half the batter out into the prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. The batter is quite thick and that’s okay.
- Evenly sprinkle the reserved cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of the batter, which creates the filling as the cake bakes.
- Turn the remaining batter out into the pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for 55 to 62 minutes (I baked for 59 minutes), or until top is lightly golden brown and set, and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Don’t overbake because the cinnamon-sugar crust will become overly crunchy.
- Allow cake to cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Preparing the Pan
Making the Cake
Recipe adapted from Dozen Flours.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 488Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 328mgCarbohydrates: 105gFiber: 2gSugar: 73gProtein: 9g
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