Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcake
New Photo from my cookbook “Your Cup of Cake”

The Story:
         Whenever I see cinnamon sugar, I tend to laugh at myself a little bit.  When I was 10 years old, I remember being in the kitchen on a Saturday morning and making myself a piece of cinnamon sugar toast.  But our little glass jar of cinnamon sugar was empty.  I promptly walked down the long hallway to my brother in the TV room and asked, “Paul, how do you make cinnamon sugar?”  And he said, “Think about it.” [end-story]

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes


Cinnamon Cake:
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
¾ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup sour cream
Vanilla Cake Mix (not white cake mix)
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
(There used to be cereal pieces in the batter, but that has been removed due to comments saying it's better without it)
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Buttercream:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch powder
(Crush the cereal in a bag and then sift out 2/3 cup)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with 20-22 cupcake liners.
2. In a large bowl, gently combine eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla.
3. Mix in sour cream.
4. Add cake mix and cinnamon and mix until smooth.
5. Stir in lightly crushed cereal.
6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
7. Buttercream: Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add Cinnamon Toast Crunch powder. Add vanilla and powdered sugar. Adjust the consistency using milk if it is too thick.
8. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with cinnamon sugar and Cinnamon Toast Crunch squares.


161 thoughts on “Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Heather says:


  2. 2
    Tracy says:

    Haha great story. 🙂 These look so good though – I love cinnamon toast crunch!!

  3. 3
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    My boyfriend would die for these. That's his favorite cereal, even as a 28-year old.

    • 3.1
      morganraymorris says:

      Me tooo! Totally hooking these up and serving them next to the eggs the next day we’re off together. 🙂

  4. 4
    Jess says:

    These look fabulous. Great idea! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Joy says:

    Yum! I love cinnamon and sugar combos! I know you've mentioned that you make all your cupcakes the morning of an event- when you have quite a large number, do you put the one's you've already frosted in the fridge, or just leave it out. If you do put them in the fridge, does condensation develop on the frosting at all? Just curious 🙂

  6. 6 says:


    question though – the cereal for the cupcake batter, is that 1 cup before or after crushing?

  7. 7
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Joy- If I have a big order to fill, I bake all of the cupcakes and seal them in tupperware when they are done and then I decorate all of the cupcakes at the same time on location of the event. No fridge required 🙂
    ItsSimplyComplicated- 1 cup in the batter after crushing! Good luck!

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    Jessica says:

    This looks amazing, I can`t wait to try it out. Thank you!


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    alskamom says:

    What a great recipe! Your cupcakes look so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    Anonymous says:

    I made these a couple of days ago and brought them into work. I got a lot of compliments on them, they were a hit! Thanks!!!
    I was thinking about making a "Take 5" cupcake. I saw a couple of recipes online, but was curious how you would make it? Love your recipes and blog!

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    Hm, I LOVE Take 5's, maybe I will have to make that next week. Though that is a tricky candy bar to recreate, I will need to do some research.

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    HiLLjO says:

    My hubby's favorite cereal is this flavor and he would be blown away at this fabulous recipe! I am SO making these.

    Love your story. "Think about it." HA!

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    Jake and Courtney says:

    Ok, so this is probably a silly question, but for the vanilla cake mix, do you mix the cake mix before adding it to the mixture or do you just add the powdered mixture. I don't bake very often, but would love to make these for my husbands birthday this weekend.

  14. 14
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Courtney, I am a little confused by your question. But if you are asking if you mix the cake mix by the directions on the back of the box first, the answer is no. Just use the cake mix powder as an ingredient. Good luck!

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    Kristina says:

    Thank you so much for posting these! I found them on Pinterest and made them for my family gathering this past weekend and everyone went crazy over them!! They were fantastic!

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    Anonymous says:

    i'm 19 and i just made these for my boyfriend/family and they just about died. love them! 🙂

  17. 17
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Good! I am so happy they are turning out so well for everyone!

  18. 18
    Trish - Sweetology101 says:

    wow. amazing…came here from pinterest and I am not leaving. From one cupcake lover to another, you rock.

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    Anonymous says:

    This is probably a stupid question, but do you use a whole box of cake mix?

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    Anonymous says:

    I make cupcakes a lot and I don't know what happened but whereever the cereal was within the cupcake was kinda tough. So mine aren't very good. Any ideas?

  21. 21
    Jenn/Organic Mama says:

    Sounds delicious!

  22. 22
    Kate says:

    Tried making these, TURNED OUT GREAT!

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    Krista says:

    My boyfriend is getting so anxious about getting older, so for his birthday I am doing a "back to childhood" theme in the little things I'm planning… this works out so great! Thank you!!!! BTW-one of his favorite cereals!

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Do you use a whole box of cake mix?

  25. 25
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Yes, the whole box of cake mix! But only use the ingredients I have listed, don't add what the box calls for

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    Anonymous says:

    do these need to be refridgerated? i just made some!

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    toast000 says:

    I also encountered tough cereal pieces inside, almost like soggy chewy pieces…. anyway to prevent this?

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    sanda says:

    I would love to make these for my mom's 60th birthday party however I'm a little afraid after reading that some people have gotten tough cereal pieces inside…. do you have any idea why it would turn out that way? could the cereal pieces be too big?

  29. 29
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Sandra, yes I think people have been leaving the pieces much too big. If you are really nervous, you could leave them out or make a simple crumble with them to top the cupcakes as they bake. Good luck!

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    Lauren says:

    If there is no vanilla cake available…what would be the best option?

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    Use a white cake mix. But follow the egg quantity on the back of the box. It may call for only egg whites. You can do that, or substitute 2 egg whites for 1 whole egg.

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    Anonymous says:

    Where can you get Vanilla cake mix?

  33. 33
    Lizzy Mae says:

    You can also use a white cake mix. But instead of using 4 egg whites, use two eggs whites and one full egg. I get my vanilla cake mix from Winco. Only some grocery stores carry vanilla mix.

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    Anonymous says:

    My mixer is broken so making the icing will be an issue…any suggestions on a flavor to get and just add the cereal to?

  35. 35
    Lizzy Mae says:

    If you are buying frosting, just get a basic vanilla and mix the finely crushed cereal into that. Good luck!

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    common mommy says:

    This is awesome! I'm so excited to try it. Cinnamon Toast Crunch has always been my favorite cereal. I like your story about how to make cinnamon sugar. 🙂 My niece called it "toast and dirt," because she had no idea what her mom was doing to her toast, but she loved it, and it looked like dirt!

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    Traci says:

    These were the best cupcakes I've ever made, thanks so much for the recipe. They were the perfect addition to my daughter's Sweet Sixteen "Breakfast Club" themed party.

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    Anonymous says:

    These look amazing! I cant wait to make them. Do you beat the batter or just fold by hand?

  39. 39
    Lizzy Mae says:

    With cake mix recipes, I always mix by hand using a spatula.

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    Amanda says:

    Any way to substitute the buttermilk? Im allergic and I really want to try this… :'(

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    Lizbeth says:

    I just made these (still have the second tray in the oven), and they are AMAZING. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

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    EffectVsCause says:

    Love this! My family is going to bake a batch for our pre-Oscar coffee mixer this weekend! I’ll use gold foil liners and top with golden disco dust…Talk about Oscar GOLD!!!
    Thanks so much for the recipe!

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    Bianca says:


    Looks amazing!! Im not a big cream cheese fan, is there anything I can substitute the cream cheese with in the frosting?

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    Trisha says:

    My kids loved these!! They are super rich. I could barely finish one. Ha ha

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    CC says:

    I found this recipe on Pinterest. I love your website. We will be taking these to a school carnival for the cake walk. When I drop them off the night before the event will it be an issue if they do not refrigerate them since the frosting has a lot of dairy?

    • 47.1
      Lizzy Mae says:

      No, they will be totally fine! If you refrigerate them, the buttercream will be rock solid, so don’t do that 🙂 I LOVED cake walks when I was younger!

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    Amanda says:

    These are great! I made them for my daughter’s class for her birthday. Part of the batch was made into mini-cupcakes which were a perfect bite of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

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    Kerry says:

    What size cake pan would you use for this batter if you didn’t want to do cupcakes? And how long would you bake them for? I need to make a bunch of cakes and cupcakes are more work to transport..

    Also is this enough icing to cover the entire cake or would it need more.. I can’t wait to try this for my mom’s 60th birthday next weekend.



    • 51.1
      Lizzy Mae says:

      Two regular 9 inch pans would work just fine. They will bake a little longer, probably about 20-25 minutes, But just check them with a toothpick or a knife because every oven is different. The icing amount should be good for a cake! You can do some fun decorating with the cereal around the sides of the cake 🙂 Happy Birthday to your mother!

  52. 52
    Kerry says:

    The 2nd half of the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon vanilla is this vanilla extract?? Thanks I can’t wait to make these tonight!!!

  53. 53
    Amanda says:

    What size cake mix do you use? I know there are usually two different sizes and I didn’t want to use a big box if I should use the smaller one.

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    Eva McHarg says:

    Made these tonight and they are delicious.I used my food processor to crush the cereal and it was a powder in no time..looked much like brown son tried one and he likes them.Not sure how many will make it till morning.What is left I will be taking to work for morning coffee break and share them with the girls I work with.I better take the recipe with.This is a recipe that will be made again and again…mmmmmmm.

  55. 55
    Eva McHarg says:

    These are delicious…I made them and took them to work for our coffee break snack and shared them with the girls I work was a hit.Didn’t know how many would have made it as my son,the night before,was wanting to eat them on me.Now I have more to make…one dozen for my son to take to work and 2 dozen for my husband to take to his friends at work.Looks like I will be having a ‘cupcake’ weekend.

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    Angela c says:

    These look so good! I think I am going to make these for my fiancé’s birthday. I will probably make them the night before serving them, so do they have to be refrigerated overnight since the frosting has cream cheese in it?

  57. 57
    Pam says:

    These cupcakes were so good and so moist! I didn’t even make the buttercream frosting because by the time I was ready to frost them, half of them had already been eaten. SO good!

  58. 58
    Gina T says:

    Sooo I made these cupcakes last night and omg, they came out amazing. Very simple to make as long as you can follow directions. Me & my roommate have been totally demolishing them — so delicious. Also, I didn’t exactly get the cereal down to a fine dust, nor did I sift it before putting it in the icing, but we liked the semi-crunchy icing. I also added a few tablespoons of buttermilk to the icing — came out great.

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    Kristol says:

    I rarely use boxed cake mixes and I was wondering you have ever used a homemade mix to make these? I wanted to make them this evening but I would prefer to use the ingredients i have on hand rather than go back to the store 😉 Thanks!

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    My favorite cereal!!! MUST. MAKE.

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    Christie says:

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    Megan says:

    I am making vanilla cake from scratch, would you recommend still using the sour cream or is that just to make the box mix moist?

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    Amber says:

    Hey! My son and I made these cupcakes together and they were amazing! Not to mention we had a great time making them as well. I featured them on my blog this week. Thanks so much for a great recipe!

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    Bailey says:

    these look soooo good! one of my favorite cereals!! you have such great ideas, Lizzy! how do you do it?! haha 😀

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    angie says:

    Hi I was wondering is vanilla cake mix the same as yellow cake? If not can i use french vanilla mix and once again if not do you have any other ideas because i cant find just vanilla any where lol Thanks a bunch

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    chelsie says:

    I’m making these for a brunch Sunday but thinking if making them in a mini long should I bake them? I’m so excited, they sound delish.

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    chelsie says:

    These look Sooo good. I was going to try them in a mini muffin pan…what should I adjust the baking time to?

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    Sophia says:

    Just made these cupcakes for my husband’s 30th birthday and they were a huge hit! It’s his favorite cereal, so when I saw this recipe a few months ago I knew I had to make them for him.
    They were perfectly moist and the right amount of sweetness!

    Thank you!

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    Lissa Grigg says:

    OMG! I just started using Pinterest recently, mostly for recipe ideas, and so far I’ve made 2 of the cupcake recipes I’ve found. This will ABSOLUTELY be my next! Cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors and I have no doubt these will be delicious! I can’t wait!!

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    These look cute and yummy!

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    Leigh says:

    These are AMAZING!!! The only suggestion i have is NOT to put the little piece of cereal on until right before you serve them, they get soggy if you do it too early. I can’w wait to try the Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocoalte Mascarpone cupcakes!! I tell everyone about your site….I just LOVE your ideas!!!

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    morganraymorris says:

    Could you send me the recipe with the cereal in the cake batter? I think I’d like to try that out.

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    Alycia Ceballos says:

    Is this yield (20-22 cupcakes) for mini or full size cupcakes?

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    Daina says:

    Why don’t you try a cinnamon toast crunch crust? Crush them and then as some butter and then compress a little into each liner….:P

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    Carrie says:

    Question…any reason all of the ingredients can’t be put in the mixing bowl like usual and mixed? Just curious….can’t wait to try these…sound delicious!

    • 95.1

      Sifting the cake mix first removed the lumps and clumps that can make for dry pockets in a baked cake. And combining the liquid ingredients together first also help with the texture of the cake. If you combine everything at once it’s easy to over the eggs as well.

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    Laureen King says:

    Love the icing recipe.

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    I made these today and they taste so great! Thanks for the recipe!! 🙂

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    Kristine says:

    For anyone that loves Cinnamon Toast Crunch, there is a liquor out now called Rumchata, that tastes just like it. Comes in a white bottle. Tastes excellent on the rocks and could probably even be incorporated into the recipe some how.

  102. 102

    My mind is blown! I’ve loved Cinnamon Toast Crunch since I was little and even today as I share a morning bowl with my son I still find myself loving it.

    These cupcakes are pure genius! I can’t wait to give them a try.

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    Paula O. says:

    Question: I’m thinking of making these into Cupcake mini’s. Would the instructions change any? What’s the recommended bake time if I turned these into mini’s? Excited to make these for my husband’s 30th birthday this weekend!

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    NIkki says:

    Sorry if I missed this someplace – about to make these for my son’s bday. For the butter for the frosting, is it salted or unsalted butter?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Devin says:

    Totally making these for church tomorrow!!!!

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    Colette says:

    Just curious, and maybe you already answered it, but why do you use a cake mix and not make the cupcakes completely from scratch?

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    Samantha says:

    Hi!! It says to add cinnamon pieces to the batter, but not how much…. or was this connected to the comment about leaving them out of the batter? Thanks!! Can’t wait to make them. 🙂

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    Bianka says:

    In the process of making these for my wedding tomorrow. I’ve told several guests about them and they are all very excited. Must say, I am too!!

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    I made these last week for my husbands’s 30th birthday, and our family just LOVED them! Amazing!

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    Miss.rookie says:

    When u make the batter, and when u put the sour cream in it do u taste it???

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    Courtney says:

    I made these last Xmas. They are now in high demand from everyone I know!!

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    Salsabeel says:

    Hey I have a question. I was really counting on making these today and I don’t have any sour cream. I can’t go back to the store because I just came back. What would be a good substitute for the sour cream in this recipe?

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    Salsabeel says:

    Soo good!

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    Briana says:

    What kind of oil?

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    Vikki says:

    Just made this recipe into a cake for my boyfriend for his b-day (his fav cereal) and it was spectacular! Made the cake look like CTC with swired cinnamon sugar and everyone thought it was great- Thanks SO much for the recipe!

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    Jessica says:

    In your buttercream do you use unsalted butter? I love your blog, good luck with everything

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    Jessica says:

    Sorry 1 more question, in the cake mix do you use unsalted or salted? I’m going to try and make this cupcake for my daughter’s bake sale. seeing as I don’t cook hopefully I can bake. Thanks

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    Dawn says:

    I cannot wait to make these! I just have a question about the cake mix. The boxes used to come in 18 oz, but I noticed recently they are now 15/16 oz boxes. Will that affect this recipe at all? I am assuming I keep all measurements the same of the ingredients? Thank you so much in advance for all your help! 🙂

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    Evie says:

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