Cinnamon Swirl Cake with Lemon Icing

Cinnamon Swirl Cake with Lemon Icing

 When your day starts at 4am because your teething, sleep regressing baby boy felt that there was no point in postponing the inevitable, well then you truly need a sugary fix to get through the day! Now I don’t need much more excuse than that to start baking – baking is like therapy to me, but in this cake Elliot and I happened to be expecting his little bestie and her mum for lunch! aka perfect excuse to get baking. As most people know I’m a sucker for Hygge and Hygge calls for cake.

Cinnamon swirls Fixes Everything

So I had a rummage through the kitchen to see what ingredients I had in, and luckily I still had an excess amount of cinnamon left from all the Christmas baking – I do love Cinnamon, and one of my favourite bakes is the Cinnamon Swirl! I’ve been wanting to try this variety for a while, and no time like the present. Now if I do say so myself it turned out better than expected! Baking the buns in a tray, allowing them to “grow together” results in a really moist Bun. Perfect as a Tare-and-share cake and it can easily be scaled up. This batch filled my smaller round baking tin.

Cinnamon Swirl Cake

  • 50g butter (unsalted)
  • 1 dl whole milk
  • 1tsp Sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp Cardamom
  • 1 egg
  • 25 g fresh yeast
  • approx 250g plain white flour

Filling – Cinnamon Remonce

  • 100g soft butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 2,5 tbs Cinnamon


  • 4 tbs icing sugar
  • 1 tbs milk
  • juice of half a lemon

Melt the butter, set aside.  Dissolve the yeast into the milk. Add salt, sugar, 1 egg and Cardamom. When the mixture is even add butter, then flour. You want to add enough flour to be able to knead the dough, but the dough should be smooth. Leave it to proof for 3o min in a bowl covered with a damp tea towel or cling film. Whilst the dough is rising, mix together the ingredients for the filling, set aside. After the 1st proof roll out dough to a square (approx 35×45 cm) now butter on the filling, make sure to make it even and cover all the dough. Then roll up the dough, starting from where the square is widest. Cut roll into approx 10 slices (they should be about 3 cm wide). In a round baking tin lined with baking paper, place the swirls and leave to proof for 1,5 hours, again covered. Bake at 180 degrees C for approx 25 min or till golden brown. Once out of the oven, mix together ingredients for icing and swirl on top of the cake, I add lemon to the icing as I like the zingy contrast to the sweetness, but it’s not a must. Serve while it is still warm. Enjoy!

TIP I get my fresh yeast from the bakery at Sainsbury’s or Asda, sometimes you can be lucky to find it on the shelves in Morrisons, but I find that the bakeries are 9/10 happy to give you a little bag of their fresh yeast free of charge.

Happy Baking!


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13 thoughts on “Cinnamon Swirl Cake with Lemon Icing

  1. Omg I read this the other day because it just looked SO good I wanted the recipe. I am bit scared it is beyond my baking skills but it does sound too good not to try. Man if you lived closer I would round for tea and cake all the time hehehe Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx

    1. It really isn’t that difficult, the proofing part of it is the time consuming part! I promise if you’re ever up this end let me know and we shall have a bloggers meet with baked treats 🙂 xx

  2. Wow cinnamon is my favourite spice. I use it all the time 😀 I’ve never used fresh yeast though – I hadn’t thought of asking the bakers for it! I’ve heard it doesn’t keep for that long in the fridge though? The cake looks amazing and I bet your family adored it 🙂 #familyfun

    1. I’ve always used fresh yeast with my baking, I find it works better than dried. As for making it last, it’s true it doesn’t last as long as dried, however if you wrap it up in cling film I’ve had fresh yeast lasting me for a good month 🙂 thanks for stopping by! Xx

  3. Josefine!! How dare you do this to me!! Your such a good baker and I’m so glad I live close enough to try some of your wares from time to time! These look Amazing and as I am indeed up at the crack of dawn would be right up my street. That’s a great tip on the yeast at supermarkets btw! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

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