How to Make a Snickerdoodle Cake

Introduction: When it comes to desserts, few treats evoke the cozy comforts of home quite like a snickerdoodle cookie. The delightful combination of cinnamon, sugar, and buttery goodness is a beloved classic. But what if you could take that beloved flavor profile and transform it into a luscious cake? Enter the snickerdoodle cake – a heavenly confection that marries the flavors of the beloved cookie with the moist, tender crumb of a cake. In this article, we’ll explore how to make your very own snickerdoodle cake, perfect for any occasion that calls for a touch of sweetness and nostalgia.


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream

For the cinnamon sugar swirl:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the cinnamon sugar topping:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan or two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
  6. In a small bowl, prepare the cinnamon sugar swirl by combining the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.
  7. Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared pan(s), spreading it evenly. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar swirl mixture over the batter.
  8. Carefully spread the remaining cake batter over the cinnamon sugar layer.
  9. In a small bowl, prepare the cinnamon sugar topping by combining the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the top of the cake batter.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes (for a 9×13-inch pan) or 25-30 minutes (for two 9-inch round pans), or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Allow the cake to cool in the pan(s) for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Serve slices of this delectable snickerdoodle cake on its own or with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra indulgent treat.

Conclusion: Making a snickerdoodle cake is a wonderful way to enjoy the comforting flavors of the classic cookie in a new and delightful form. Whether you’re baking for a special occasion or simply craving a sweet treat, this recipe is sure to satisfy. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to savor every delicious bite of this irresistible snickerdoodle cake.

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