Cinnamon Chip Coffee Cake

What are your thoughts on birthdays?  Not everyone else’s, but your own.  Do you love them?  Do you hate them?  Do you celebrate alone, with family and friends or do you just want to forget they exist?
I love my birthday.  Love, love, love my birthday!  I love that there’s one day out of each year that is my day.  I get to do whatever I want and I think to myself “it’s my birthday, why not?!”
It was my birthday last weekend.  Guess what I did.  I cooked and baked and cleaned my house and then babysat for some friends.  Huh… that didn’t really go as planned.  So maybe I need to re-think this whole birthday thing.  Maybe it’s not the best day ever.  Nah.  I’m going to persevere =o)  Maybe next year I’ll get to celebrate and whoop it up like I always think I’m supposed too.  (I keep saying that.) 
I don’t think this Bundt Cake even needs an introduction.  Right?  I mean, seriously.  Look at it.  It’s a Bundt cake.  It has cinnamon chips in it.  And it has a glaze on top.  “Nuff said!
Anita over on Aunt Nubby’s Kitchen posted this not too long ago.  It was one of those “holy-cow-I’m-so-making-that-this-weekend” things.  And am I glad we did!  We gobbled it up instantly!   It was delicious – moist and cinnamony and perfect.
Cinnamon Chip Coffee Cake
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup applesauce
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
one 10 ounce package of Hersheys Cinnamon Baking Chips
 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
3-4 Tbsp. warm water
In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and beat well.  Add vanilla and applesauce and mix until blended.  Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well.  Gently mix in the cinnamon chips.  (You can also add pecans or walnuts but we chose not too.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.  The kind with flour works best.
Spread batter into pan and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Cool in the pan for about 15 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack until slightly warm.
It’s pretty darn good just like this!
But doesn’t it just look a little “fancier” with frosting drizzled on it?
To make the glaze, add vanilla and cinnamon to the powdered sugar.  Add the warm water one tablespoon at a time and mix well after each addition.  You want all the lumps out of it while it’s still thick.  Add enough water to make it the consistency you want.  You want to be able to pour it over the coffee cake but not so thin that it runs down the sides and just pools on the plate.
And because we can never leave anything alone… drizzle a little more frosting on it =o)
Enjoy warm or cold.
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  1. Erin
    Oh, this makes my mouth water. I love a good cinnamon flavored coffee cake! They disappear around our home quickly too.
    Happy Belated Birthday to you. Hey, there’s always next year to do something fun. That’s what I always say anyways. 😉

  2. I hope you had a good birthday! I love cinnamon chips – so good!

  3. Wow, this looks great and sounds awesome. I am definitely making this one.
    Have a great day,

  4. Happy birthday Erin! I’m not loving how fast my birthdays are coming around now, but I do love this cake! I have been on an all day field trip with my grandson today, so didn’t get a chance to check it out sooner. Your photo looks yummy!

  5. You are my new favorite person! Hands down 😉

  6. This looks amazing!

  7. Happy Birthday Bundt Cake–this looks amazing. Well, my birthday is in October and the 1st day of October I have a birthday month kick off! All of October I celebrate–go to lunch with friends, buy little things I want (that don’t break the bank). Mostly I remind myself just how awesome I am!!
    On my actual birthday hubby takes the day off and we do something fun. Go to lunch and dinner. Shopping etc. I usually make my favorite treat which is Black Forest Brownies!
    Then on the 27th I’m sad cause ‘my birthday’s over’!

  8. Hi Erin,
    What a great Coffee Cake! Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. You are right, the icing does make a difference!

  10. These look delicious!

    Love your blog! Would love for you to link up on A Peek Into My Paradise T.G.I.F. Link Party on Friday!

    Cathy @

  11. MMMMM… I might try this tomorrow morning!

  12. Yummy!! Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing on Much Ado About Monday. 🙂


  13. My hubs would love this. He loves coffe cakes!

  14. I love cinnamon chips in just about everything. This looks wonderful!