Cinnamon Flop Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Cinnamon flop cake is an old-fashioned recipe your mother or grandmother may have made years ago.  It is really easy and is wonderful for breakfast with coffee.  If you love cinnamon, (my family can’t get enough of it), you will absolutely love this cake.  Make is when you need something in a hurry for dessert because it would be great with whipped cream or ice cream.  It makes a great gift. Just double the recipe and make two and give one to a friend.

Cinnamon Flop Cake Ingredients Needed?

All-purpose flour

White granulated sugar

Baking powder

Baking soda

Butter, melted

Vanilla extract



Topping Ingredients for Cake:

Brown sugar light or dark

Ground cinnamon

Butter, melted

It keeps well in a cool spot for several days and is easily reheated in the microwave or oven.  The butter, brown sugar and cinnamon that is added to the top will soak into the cake while it is cooking to make a delicious flavor.  Your house will smell wonderful, too. Don’t ask me why it is called flop cake because I have no idea!  I have added a powdered sugar glaze to this cake but it really does not need it. You might also like to check out our recipe for honey bun cake.

I added a simple powdered sugar glaze to the top of this and it was a wonderful addition! This cake is fantastic and so simple to make. Definitely save this one. It would be a great addition to any brunch!

Tips on Cinnamon:  Cinnamon should keep for at least six months in a dark cool, dry place. Do not store near heat. Rub a pinch between your fingers and smell to see if fresh or taste it.  Cinnamon  should have a sweet spicy flavor. Cinnamon sticks stay fresh for about a year. Some studies show that cinnamon helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


Cinnamon Flop Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Cinnamon Flop Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Cinnamon Flop Cake

Judy Yeager
This old fashioned recipe is easy and absolutely delicious!
3.95 from 35 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg

Topping ingredients for Cake:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar light or dark
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted


  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar in a bowl. Stir in melted butter, vanilla extract, buttermilk and egg. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. I have made this in a deep dish pie plate and a 9 x 9 baking dish, both work fine. Spread cake batter in dish.
  • In a bowl whisk together the dark brown sugar and cinnamon for topping. Pour in melted butter and mix until all ingredients are wet. (I just do this with my hands) Sprinkle over cake batter. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes until center tests done. Makes 1 layer cake or 6 to 8 cake slices.
Keyword Cinnamon Flop Cake
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