Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake (Easy & Gluten Free)

Sure, cinnamon rolls are great … if you have 4 to 24 hours to spare! But now you can get all the delicious flavor of ooey gooey cinnamon rolls in a much faster and beautiful breakfast with our Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake. Tender coffee cake batter gets infused with a ribbon of cinnamon roll filling and pecans that runs through the middle of each slice. Simple, easy to serve, warm, and ready in under an hour. Now that’s how we like our cinnamon rolls!

Overhead view of a round cinnamon roll coffee cake with a white frosting drizzle and chopped pecans sprinkled on top.

Cinnamon Roll Flavor in Easy-to-Make Coffee Cake

We’ve taken all the best parts of cinnamon rolls, from the tender crumb and gooey cinnamon filling to the crunchy pecans and glaze on top, and turned it into an easy-to-make coffee cake. We’ve tried our hand at gluten-free cinnamon rolls and we are always a bit frustrated by the effort and time it takes to make a batch. There had to be an easier way! This recipe makes it easy to scratch an itch for homemade cinnamon rolls, and it comes together easily in coffee cake form.

A slice of gluten free coffee cake being lifted from the round cake with a silver serving utensil.

Ingredients to make Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

Our Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake calls for simple, everyday ingredients from your pantry and refrigerator. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Gluten-free flour blend – if you don’t want or need gluten-free coffee cake, you can use the same amount of unbleached all-purpose flour. For gluten-free flours, we recommend Bob’s Red Mill One-to-One Gluten-Free Baking Flour or King Arthur Measure-for-Measure Gluten-Free Flour.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Ground cinnamon – a little goes in the batter and a lot goes in the cinnamon roll filling
  • Plain Greek yogurt – yogurt helps create a moist and tender coffee cake; we recommend using full-fat plain Greek yogurt for the best consistency. For dairy-free, we recommend you use a non-dairy yogurt and add 1-2 additional tablespoons of flour if the yogurt is thin. Alternatively, you can use 1/2 cup of coconut yogurt and 1/4 cup of coconut cream (the thick cream from the top of a can of canned coconut milk)
  • Eggs – you’ll need 2 whole eggs for this recipe. For egg-free, replace the eggs with a flax egg mixture (4 tablespoons flax meal mixed with 8 tablespoons water); please note, the texture of the coffee cake will be a little gummy like most egg-free baked goods, but overall a success
  • Cane sugar
  • Milk – use dairy or unsweetened non-dairy milk of choice
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Brown sugar – brown sugar gets used in the ribbon of cinnamon roll filling
  • Butter
  • Pecans – omit for nut-free
  • Powdered sugar – use a bit of powdered sugar in the glaze on top
All ingredients for cinnamon roll coffee cake arranged in small bowls and measuring cups

How to make gluten-free cinnamon Rolls into coffee cake

Follow these steps to turn the delicious flavors of gluten-free cinnamon rolls into a coffee cake that looks like one large cinnamon roll.

  • Make the batter: Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl: the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients: the yogurt, eggs, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined into a thick batter.
  • Pour half the batter into the pan: Pour a little less than half the batter into a misted 9-inch springform pan or cake cake pan. Use a spatula to spread it evenly.

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