Nutty Cinnamon Roll Apple Cake

This nutty cinnamon roll apple cake is full of sweet flavor and packed full of spiced cinnamon rolls. This dish is super decadent and perfect for fall.Β 

Nutty Cinnamon Roll Apple Cake by Nutmeg Nanny

Sometimes you make a dessert that makes you think “why in the hell did I make this?!?!” You then take pictures of said dessert and afterwords find yourself eating {almost} the whole cake. With your hands. Like a cave man.*Hangs head in shame*Β 

Nutty Cinnamon Roll Apple Cake by Nutmeg Nanny

What is it about cinnamon rolls that call to me like cake to a fat kid? Or maybe cinnamon rolls to a fat kid? All I know is that after I indulged I felt horribly guilty. Nothing is worse than food guilt. Anyone else experience this? This witty e-card can explain my life better than I can.

Am I right?

I also had to share this picture of my cat Nermal who felt he needed to see what in the heck was going on. Don’t worry. He didn’t eat any of the food.

Nutty Cinnamon Roll Apple Cake by Nutmeg Nanny

So wanna know what it’s this delicious cake? Cinnamon rolls, pecans and apples. Simple, flavorful and sooooooooo good! You could be classy and serve it with a fork or silently eat it in the kitchen with your fingers. It’s your choice. I won’t judge.

Nutty Cinnamon Roll Apple Cake by Nutmeg Nanny


Nutty Cinnamon Roll Apple Cake

This nutty cinnamon roll apple cake is full of sweet flavor and packed full of spiced cinnamon rolls. This dish is super decadent and perfect for fall.

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cups small diced apples, peeled (divided)
  • 1 (12.5 ounce) can cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup

Adapted slightly from Pillsbury


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a glass 9-inch pie plate with non-stick spray. Put 1 cup diced apples into the bottom of pan, set aside.

Open cinnamon rolls and set icing aside. Cut each cinnamon roll into quarters and add to a medium sized bowl. Add in remaining 1 cup diced apples and 3/4 cup chopped pecans.

In a small bowl add melted butter, dark brown sugar and light corn syrup. Stir until combined and add to bowl with cinnamon rolls, apples and pecans. Mix gently to combine all ingredients. The nuts will stick together a bit but try your best to keep everything evenly mixed.

Top apples in the pie plate with the cinnamon roll mixture. Try to make the top as even as possible.

Bake for about 35 minutes until the top is golden brown and the cinnamon rolls are cooked through.

Let cake rest in the pan for 5 minutes and flip over onto a plate or cake stand. Take metal lid off the icing and microwave for about 20 seconds until the icing is melted and pourable. Drizzle over the cake and devour!

66 Responses to “Nutty Cinnamon Roll Apple Cake”

  1. #
    carrian — March 29, 2013 at 10:16 am

    oh thin mints ,I miss you already. And this, well this just looks unreal. GET IN MY BELLY!

    • Brandy replied: — March 29th, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

      I’m sad to report I only ate two (as just two tiny cookies) this year. I had them at work and when I went to get more and they were all gone πŸ™

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

    HAHAHHAHAHA. love that card.

    • Brandy replied: — March 29th, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

      Story of my life!

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    Samantha — March 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I know that feeling all too well. Every time I make a dessert I ask myself why. Then when I shove a handful of whatever it is into my face I remember… *Sigh*

    • Brandy replied: — March 29th, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

      Exactly! I say I will be good and then eat it all…sigh.

  4. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

    For Real…. that looks ridiculously amazing.

    • Brandy replied: — March 29th, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

      Thank you Sommer! I couldn’t stop eating it πŸ™‚

  5. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

    That cake looks amazing and as a food blogger, there is always way too much tempting and delish food around..and this is at the top of that list! Beautiful, Brandy!

    • Brandy replied: — March 29th, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

      I’m glad you know my pain! It’s so hard to not be tempted!

  6. #
    Kathy @ FoodWineThyme — March 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Thats a very pretty cake. Cinammon rolls, apples and pecans – oh yeah

    • Brandy replied: — March 29th, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

      Thank you! It was sooooo addicting!

  7. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — March 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Now I’m depressed, because I don’t have enough apples. *sigh*

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 9:56 am

      I hope you had a chance to pick up some apples and give this a try πŸ˜‰

  8. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Whoaaaa this looks insane! And that pic of your kitty is super cute. What kitty wouldn’t love that glaze?!

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 9:58 am

      He is such a rascal! He is always trying to steal some sort of sweet treat πŸ™‚

  9. #
    Joanne — March 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I totally have those moments…like daily. At least, daily for one very specific week out of every month.. UGH. But at least this looks so delicoiusly worth the indulgence!

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 9:59 am

      Agreed! That week is one hell of a sugar overload!

  10. #
    hungryandfrozen — March 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Oh my lord, this makes me wish we could get ready-made cinnamon rolls in New Zealand. So bad.

    Food guilt is the worst! It took me a really long time to shake it, and I don’t even know what made me click over into not being bothered by it, so I won’t try and just tell you to not be guilty when I don’t even have any better advice than that. All I know is that the media sends women a zillion mixed messages a day that are almost impossible to ignore, and also if I feel like eating food then I should be able to eat it and feel only happiness at the deliciousness. SIGH.

    Finally, your cat is adorable!

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:00 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚ It’s hard to not feel the guilt but like you said, I have a right to feel happy and enjoy the deliciousness πŸ™‚

  11. #
    Emily — March 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I hear ya! I’m the same way with cinnamon rolls. I thought I was the only one! This looks sooo good!

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:01 am

      Not at all! I’m a sucker around cinnamon rolls. I cannot be stopped…haha!

  12. #
    dessertfortwo — March 30, 2013 at 9:16 am

    This looks like a combination of apple fritters and cinnamon rolls. I think you invented the best thing on earth. Must make!

  13. #
    katie — March 30, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Stop it!!! This looks to die for! I too had food guilt when I ate just one cinnamon roll the other week… this looks divine.

  14. #
    Gina — March 30, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Drooling over here. Christina hit the nail on the head, this is totally an apple fritter + cinnamon roll combo which for me, are the two most tempting things in any bakery. So yeah, I would’ve sat in the corner eating this with my hands if it was in my house too. No judgement. πŸ˜‰

  15. #
    I'm At Home Baking — March 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Yum, this looks amazing!

  16. #
    Donalyn@The Creekside Cook — March 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    That looks sinfully wonderful – some of my favorite desserts, all rolled into one!

  17. #
    Tracey — March 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Oh I don’t blame you one bit – I suspect I would have done the exact.same.thing if I’d made this cake! Cinnamon rolls are my kryptonite!!

  18. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I have a huge love for all things-cinnamon-sugar. This is fabulous. And I’m pretty sure I’d eat the whole thing by myself too. No shame here!

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:02 am

      Cinnamon sugar is the perfect combination! I’m glad I’m not the only who can’t resist its deliciousness πŸ™‚

  19. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — March 31, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Wow, those photos are gorgeous and this looks so amazing. That card is hilarious, by the way.

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:03 am

      Thank you Jen! That card is the story of my life…haha

  20. #
    Mom — March 31, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Wow!!!!!!! That looks scrum-delicious … Oh I am a sucker for cinnamon rolls. I just can’t resist cinnamon rolls. Oh those can melt in my mouth any day ….

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:03 am

      Thanks mom!!!!

  21. #
    Veronica — March 31, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I gave up food guilt over a year ago….and have gained 30 pounds since then. So maybe food guilt is a healthy thing. LOL! I would NOT feel guilty about going caveman on this cinnamon roll apple cake! YUM!

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:03 am

      Sometimes going caveman is the best decision ever πŸ™‚

  22. #
    grace — April 1, 2013 at 3:05 am

    oh my. i can hardly wrap my head around how delicious this would be. those canned cinnamon rolls are dangerous. πŸ™‚

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:04 am

      Canned cinnamon rolls are the devil! I cannot be trusted around them πŸ™‚

  23. #
    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — April 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I literally laughed out loud at the thin mint meme. I swear its SO easy to eat a whole sleeve. I think they make the wrapper extra flimsy on purpose so when you open it, all the cookies come flying out and there’s no sense in wasting another container to keep them in, might as well eat the sleeve. ha ha

    THIS cinnamon roll cake looks amazing. Cinnamon rolls are my fave decadent treat. And I love the cake stand!! I have my eye on one in an Etsy shop.

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:10 am

      I think you might be on to something about those flimsy thin mint packaging! I got my cake stand at an antique store in Ohio. I love it because it sits really low to the ground. Plus I love the ruffled edges πŸ™‚

  24. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Aww Nermal is making my day πŸ™‚ And so is this cake!

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:12 am

      Nermal is always trying to sneak a sweet treat. He is like a child…but furry…haha πŸ™‚

  25. #
    Mommypage — April 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    That looks amazing! Those pictures make the dessert look so amazing! I’m excited to try the dish.

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:13 am

      Thanks! It was so hard to stop eating! I hope you give it a try πŸ™‚

  26. #
    Ashley @ Baker by Nature — April 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I’m pretty sure this cake should have a WARNING label! I wouldn’t stand a chance against it in all its gooey glory!

    Happy I found your blog! xx

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:16 am

      Hi Ashley! I’m glad you found my blog! Also, you’re right. This cake should have a warning label πŸ™‚

  27. #
    Reeni — April 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t think anyone could resist this Brandy! I have zero willpower myself and would have dug right into to this delectable creation! Nermal is so cute – just like my Moon- got pictures of him this week doing the same thing.

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:16 am

      I think Moon and Nermal would be great friends!

  28. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 2, 2013 at 7:44 am

    This looks insanely good! And suddenly I’m hungry for breakfast #2. πŸ™‚ How could someone resist this?!

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:17 am

      Breakfast #2 is always the best breakfast! It usually consists of extra donuts and other sweet treats πŸ™‚

  29. #
    Peabody — April 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    There are no words.

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:19 am

      Hahaha πŸ™‚

  30. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    This looks so amazing and I could eat it all, never share a drop and not feel a bit of guilt!

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:20 am

      I almost didn’t save any for the hubby but knew I would be found out when he got online and saw this posting…haha

  31. #
    Katrina — April 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Somehow I didn’t eat a single Girl Scout cookie this go-round. But I sure want to make this and-how and-now. Yes, I would have a hard time not snitching on this.

  32. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — April 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Holy mackerel this looks delicious!!! And your photos make me wish I could reach through my computer screen and grab a handful. There is nothing I don’t like about this recipe.
    p.s. Nermal is a cutie kitty.

  33. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — April 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    this is like a monkey bread cake but BETTER!!!!!!!!!!

  34. #
    Kate | Food Babbles — April 9, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I think everyone endures food guilt. Some more than others. It’s an evil evil thing!! Food is too wonderful not to be fully enjoyed and it should be guilt-free. This cake is absolutely, insanely tempting and there’s no way I could resist eating a gigantic hunk of it. Perhaps with my hands as you describe πŸ˜‰ But I would enjoy every moment of it and then get back on track with the next meal. So now, I seriously need to make this cause it’s just gorgeous!

  35. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — October 14, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Oh My…that looks crazy good!

  36. #
    Angela |Mind Over Batter — October 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

    That card is hysterical and if you change it to Samoas and a whole box instead of a sleeve, that would be me. Seriously, this cake is amazing. I’d at least jog in place while eating it with my hands over the sink. With the water running. Getting rid of evidence.

  37. #
    meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — October 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Oh food guilt how I despise you! Usually comes around after I polish off that ice cream pint….This cake. So gorgeous!

  38. #
    Jennifer | Bake or Break — October 14, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This looks all kinds of good. I could definitely see me hunched over the kitchen counter with a fork doing some damage to this cake!


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