Foodie Friday: “Guys in the Kitchen.” {Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Cake}

{Today Iowa City Moms Blog is starting a new series entitled Foodie Friday. We’re starting off the series with a recipe prepared by Gabe Claussen, the husband of our lovely contributor, Tara. Why? Because there is simply nothing better than seeing your GUY IN THE KITCHEN!!! So save this recipe to your favorites, pin it to your Pinterest board, print it off and stick it in your recipe book. And maybe, just maybe, you can convince your guy to make it too!! And if your guy can cook, we’d love to feature him in one of our Foodie Friday posts too! So send a recipe and a pic of your guy putting it together (and a great apron picture please) to [email protected]!!}

From our “Guy In The Kitchen,” Gabe Claussen:

So, I am not saying my wife is a procrastinator…actually that’s exactly what I’m saying.  I got home from work Tuesday night around 8:30, like any other night, and sat down to watch Netflix with my wife. Around 10:30 or so, Tara looked at me and says, “BTW, I need you to cook something for a blog post by tomorrow morning.”   WHAT!?!?  If any of you know me, you would know I am not an early riser. But, I told her I would do it because I really don’t mind cooking, I guess.  I go to sleep and next thing I know I am woken up early by the dreadful sound of my alarm. Did I mention I am not a morning person? So I get up, shower, and get dressed, and just as I’m sitting down on the couch to relax before I leave for work – I’m reminded by Tara that I still have to bake something.  Now the problem with this is that I tend to make A LOT of messes when I cook and I already had my work clothes on. (Another thing about me is if I don’t want to do something I will do EVERYTHING I can to get out of it.) I thought that since I was wearing my dress attire I could get away with not doing it.  NOPE!  Tara throws my kid’s Lowes tool-apron at me and says, “Get to it.”  Long story short, I whipped up some cinnamon thing that I “hand picked” out of a recipe book (wink, wink) and stuck it in the oven before I left for work. I’ve been told that they taste great, but I’m sure that my kids *cough* wife *cough* will have devoured them by the time I get home to try them. 🙂

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Cinnamon Roll Cake

cinnamon roll cake icmbCake:

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9×13 pan.


  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon

For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the cake batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.


  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

While warm, drizzle the glaze over the cake. Eat, and Enjoy!

{Special thanks to Gabe for sharing this recipe (and his apron picture) with us! Remember, we want to feature your guy in the next “Guys in the Kitchen” post!! So send your recipe and pictures to [email protected]!!}



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