Cinnamon Crown Cake

If you are looking for a groovy bundt cake from the 70’s, today is your lucky day. I found this in an old Pillsbury cake booklet, and it’s awesome. “Cinnamon Crown Cake” is a moist yellow cake with a big ring of cinnamon-nut cake running through the center. Aside from being pretty and tasty, it’s simple. You don’t need any fancy equipment, just a hand held mixer.

crown cake

If you happen to have a kitchen scale it will come in handy because you can weigh out the flour, but you can make it without the scale as well. Just be careful not to use too heavy a cup of flour, which is one major reason some cakes turn out dry. This is one I’ll be making quite often now that I’ve finally tried it. In fact, next time I make it I’m going to put on a Bee Gees album.

A few notes. That thing near the bottom on the right side is a pecan. The center is full of nuts and very flavorful. The cake is much moister than it appears here. But don’t take my word for it, just bake it!

Cinnamon Crown Cake
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Cinnamon Crown Cake is an double flavored Bundt cake.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, aerate the flour and measure carefully or weigh out 13.5 oz
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened, use salted or add an extra 1/2 teaspoon salt to recipe
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup chopped, toasted pecans
  • ½ cup oats, quick cooking
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12 cup bundt pan with flour added baking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, thoroughly stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a mixing bowl, using a hand held mixer, beat together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla and continue beating for 1 minute or until batter is light. Scrape sides of bowl. By hand, stir in flour mixture alternately with milk.
  4. Pour half of the batter into pan. I weighed the batter, and half of the batter weighed about 24 ounces. If you have a scale, you can weigh out half the batter and pour the rest in. If not, just estimate.
  5. Stir remaining ingredients (pecans, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and applesauce) into remaining batter in bowl; Spoon into pan so that it sits on top of first batter.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Turn from pan and let cool completely

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  1. says

    That looks so good. I’m definately going to try this. I’m going to parents for the weekend so I may make it to take for snacks. It helps that is has my favorite pecans in it!

  2. Anna says

    Brenda, let me know what you think.Sharmini, I weighed the flour. I used 13 1/2 ounces.Pumpkinpie, I was thinking a chocolate version would be good too. Specifically, a chocolate/cinnamon tunnel. You could either melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and add them in or just use unsweetened cocoa powder. Another thought was to use a bit of cocoa powder and sub prune puree (prune baby food) for the applesauce. OR you could just make it as is and add a chocolate glaze.

  3. Sharmini says

    Mmmm… this sounds (and looks) so good! I’m gonna try this one. May I know how do you usually measure your flour? Dip and sweep? Or spoon and level?Would you happen to know the weight of 1 cup of flour measured your usual way? Sorry, I’m just more used to baking by weight. Thanks so much.

  4. pumpkinpie says

    I would like to make a chocolate version. Do you have any suggestions? Chocolate and cinnamon are so good together…

  5. Gigi says

    This looks totally yummy! My mom is coming to watch the house and babysit the cat while we go on vacation (the Hawaiian cruise I won from Ghirardelli) and I think this would be a nice treat for her to snack on while we’re gone.I’m glad your back from the desert. Although, I will admit that when I first read your post I thought you said you were going to the “dessert.” 🙂

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