This Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bundt Cake is such a quick and easy dessert to throw together if you’ve got to take a dessert somewhere.
It is also a major crowd pleaser! The flavors are simple, warm and inviting. And a bundt cake always looks so fancy and gorgeous.
The cinnamon sugar, once the cake has been turned out creates a crackly cinnamon sugar topping that’s delicious with those swirls of brown sugar…yowza!
Let’s Get this Party Started
This brown sugar cinnamon bundt cake is all about the brown sugar cinnamon pockets you scatter throughout the cake. I always make the brown sugar bits first because it needs to be cold when it is added to the batter. Mix the cold butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together and then stick it into the fridge to chill while you make the cake batter.
Bundt Pan Prep
Making a bundt cake can be fear-inducing! You know that moment of truth when you turn the pan over and just pray to the bundt gods that that cake comes out clean. We honestly have found that thoroughly spraying the pan with nonstick cooking spray does the trick the best. For this cake, we coat the pan with a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Once baked, the cake comes out with a beautiful crystallized sugar coating on the outside that makes this cake sing! Letting the cake cool completely also helps with the cake coming out clean and perfect.
Brown Sugar Obsessed
I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I’m completely obsessed with brown sugar. It is SO. DANG. GOOD! Whenever I get out the brown sugar, I always search around for the little bits that have clumped together and then eat them. That is how this cake is. Little clumps of brown sugar goodness pop up in ever bite.
What Exactly is in a Cake Mix?
The batter for this cake starts with a white cake mix. Using a boxed cake mix simply cuts out some measuring of dry ingredients. A white cake mix contains flour, super fine sugar, baking soda, and salt. This recipe is all about keeping things simple so boxed cake mix it is!
When a boxed cake mix is used, it is quite often paired with a pudding mix as well. Adding pudding to a boxed cake mix adds flavor and moistness to the cake. For this recipe, we like to use the French vanilla instant pudding. It add so much substance and flavor to the cake. It also gives the cake a beautiful moist texture. Make sure the pudding mix is the instant pudding and not cook and serve, and go ahead and skip the sugar free stuff. That just won’t turn out right.
The cake mix and pudding packets are all the dry ingredients. Those are mixed together and then wet ingredients are added (eggs, water and oil). Make sure to mix everything thoroughly but to not over mix it. Pour half of the batter into the prepared bundt pan and then add the brown sugar butter bits. Top with the rest of the batter and bake!
We love this simple cake, and it really does get devoured whenever we take it anywhere. The good news is that if you keep pudding mixes on hand, then you probably have everything you need for this cake in your pantry already. You’re going to love this one!
Looking for a few different cake recipes other than our Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bundt Cake? Here are just a few to get you started: Very Best Banana Pudding Bundt Cake, Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting, Strawberries and Cream Jello Cake, Chocolate Sheet Cake, Vanilla Cake with Fresh Strawberry Frosting, and finally, Lemon Jello Cake.
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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bundt Cake
- 1/4 Cup Cold Butter cut in cubes
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 White Cake Mix
- 3 ounce French Vanilla Instant Pudding
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1 Cup Water
- 1/2 Cup Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon Sugar
For the Brown Sugar
- In a bowl, using your fingers, mix together the brown sugar, butter, flour and cinnamon, set aside in the fridge.
For the Cake
- Heat the oven to 375 and spray a bundt pan with nonstick spray.
- Sprinkle the Cinnamon Sugar in and set aside.
- In a bowl, stir together the cake mix and pudding powder.
- Add remaining ingredients and pour half into the bundt pan.
- Take clumps of the brown sugar mixture and drop into the bundt.
- Add the rest of the batter on top and bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Allow to cool and turn out on a platter to eat.