Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

One of my favorite desserts…since I was a little child, is cinnamon rolls. I simply can’t get enough of the sweet, fluffy layers of cinnamon crusted dough. Smothered in a thick sugary icing. It truly is to die for. 

If you know me, then you know I sometimes like to take a twist on traditional recipes. So, what better twist than a cinnamon roll in cupcake form? Convienent, fast, but doesn’t lack any of the flavors. 

A fluffy vanilla cupcake embedded with a cinnamon struesal and smothered in a simple powdered sugar icing. 


Yes…I broke the cinnamon roll rules, but if it results in a mouth drooling creation than who cares, right? 

This recipe is extremely easy to make. It starts with a basic vanilla cupcake recipe. It is then layered with a cinnamon struesal mixture, which is swirled in. Drizzled with a simple icing of powdered sugar and non-dairy milk.


This recipe is…

  • Simple 
  • Easy 
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free 
  • Quick 
  • Oh so delicious! 


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Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A fluffy vanilla cupcake embedded with a cinnamon streusel and smothered in a simple powdered sugar icing. 

Course: Dessert
Keyword: cinnamon roll cupcakes
Servings: 1 dozen
Author: Taavi Moore
Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cane sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 1 egg replacer (or flax egg)
Cinnamon Streusel
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp non-dairy milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. 

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate smaller bowl, stir together vanilla, milk, water, butter, and egg until combined. Add wet mixture into dry. Stir until combined. 

  3. In a separate bowl, prepare the streusel. Combine all ingredients until thick and smooth. 

  4. Pour 2 tbsp of vanilla cupcake batter into each cupcake liner. Swirl in 1 tsp of streusel, followed by another 2 tbsp of cupcake batter. Bake for 25-26 min. until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

  5. Whisk together powdered sugar and milk to make icing. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, pour over a bit of icing. Alternatively, you can eat the cupcakes warm and still pour over the icing, just keep in mind it will be a bit messy. Enjoy! 



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