“I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.”
 – J. H. Jowett

“Many have an idyllic and sweet idea of revival. And they pray to
this end. But our prayer should be to expose sin and lies, first in
our own hearts and then in the churches. To pray for a great
conviction of sin and that man would crumble and surrender at the
terrifying presence of a Holy God. Then they would find the sweet,
rapturous joy of being at peace with their God!… Do you still want
revival? We must pray and PREACH to this end. If we are silent,
or silenced, many in the churches will perish.” – Jeri Woods.

“To the church, a revival means humiliation, a bitter knowledge of
unworthiness and an open and humiliating confession of sin on
the part of her ministers and people. It is not the easy and glorious
thing many think it to be, who imagine it fills pews and reinstates
the church in power and authority…. It comes to scorch before it
heals; it comes to condemn ministers and people for their unfaithful
witness, for their selfish living, for their neglect of the cross…”
– James Burns

“Some people become tired at the end of ten minutes or half an
hour of prayer. What will they do when they have to spend Eternity
in the presence of God? We must begin the habit here and
become used to being with God.” – Sundar Singh

“There is no power like that of prevailing prayer, of Abraham
pleading for Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night,
Moses standing in the breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow,
David heartbroken with remorse and grief, Jesus in sweat of blood.
Add to this list from the records of the church your personal
observation and experience, and always there is the cost of
passion unto blood. Such prayer prevails. It turns ordinary mortals
into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It
brings life. It brings God.” – Samuel Chadwick

“To strive in prayer means to struggle through those hindrances
which would restrain or even prevent us entirely from continuing in
persevering prayer. It means to be so watchful at all times that we
can notice when we become slothful in prayer and that we go to
the Spirit of prayer to have this remedied. In this struggle, too, the
decisive factor is the Spirit of prayer.” – O. Hallesby

“Oh brother, pray; in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer;
rather neglect friends than not pray; rather fast, and lose breakfast,
dinner, tea, and supper – and sleep too – than not pray. And we
must not talk about prayer, we must pray in right earnest. The
Lord is near. He comes softly while the virgins slumber.”
 – Andrew A. Bonar

“A man can not lead others where he is not willing to go himself.
Therefore, beware of the prayerless church leader who no longer
readily admits his own need for more of the person and power of
Jesus Christ. Only a seeking, praying heart can truly encourage
spiritual HUNGER in others!” – David Smithers



Cinnamon Swirl Cake

This Cinnamon Swirl Cake is irresistible! The tender vanilla cake and is swirled throughout with cinnamon. It is the secret ingredient that sends the flavor over the the top and keeps the cake unbelievably moist!

Cinnamon Swirl Cake in a pan served for a sweet breakfast

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Cinnamon Swirl Cake – The EASY Way!

My entire family loves this cake. When I say love… I mean LOVE! If you enjoy cinnamon rolls, I think you might just love it too.

This Cinnamon Swirl Cake is everything cake should be:

  • Light
  • Tender
  • Amazingly flavorful

The coolest part of this cake is that it uses a special ingredient that elevates the flavor, allows you to use less ingredients, AND keeps the cake super moist and tender. More on that below! It is an EASY way to make a huge impact, and I think you will be so excited to try it.

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This Cake is Perfect for

Cinnamon Swirl Cake is wonderful for many occasions. Here are a few that this cake is perfect for:

  • Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Brunch
  • For a new baby or family in need – can double as dessert or breakfast

Recipe Notes

This Cinnamon Swirl Cake recipe is as simple as promised! Just a few every day staple ingredients for a family friendly meal.

In this section I am going to go through a few tips and tricks I use when making this recipe to get the absolute best and most delicious results.

Make sure to scroll to the bottom for the FULL recipe card.

Ingredients for cinnamon swirl cake including flour, sugar, melted ice cream, butter, eggs, salt



  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Melted Breyers Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Eggs
  • Melted butter
  • Milk- if needed

The batter is a pretty basic vanilla cake, with the exception of our special ingredient! Using Breyer’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream that has been melted and incorporated into the batter both transfers that iconic flavor AND keeps the cake super moist and tender!

Breyers Homemade Vanilla ice cream is thick and smooth like it was just
churned. It’s how homemade should taste, which makes it the perfect
pairing to your favorite homemade treats, and incorporating that amazing taste into other treats like our Cinnamon Swirl Cake!

Cinnamon Swirl

  • Softened butter 
  • Brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon

The cinnamon swirl ingredients are basic, but perfect. This will make enough to give you a moderate swirl throughout the cake with a good cinnamon flavor. If you really love cinnamon, you can double this filling to get more swirl and more cinnamon taste.


  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Salt

The glaze gives the cake that something extra to top it off. I have always added just a dash of salt to my glaze, which will make the flavor more complex and compliment the cake better!

Process photos for how to make cinnamon swirl cake


  1. Batter Consistency – Depending on how precisely you measure the batter may end up being a little more thick or thin. The perfect batter should be a thicker cake batter, but not so thick that it is lumpy or is hard to stir.

    If the batter ends up a little too thick, you can add milk a bit at a time until the cake batter reaches the perfect consistency.

  2. Melted Ice Cream – As I mentioned above, this is the key ingredient! You will want to make sure and measure it already melted. To do this, you can leave the carton in the fridge over night or microwave the ice cream until it is just melted through.
  3. Creating the swirl – To create the perfect cinnamon swirl in the cake, there are a few key tips.
    • Evenly dollop the mixture over the entire cake
    • Use a knife to swirl it in. Don’t be shy, really get in there and swirl all the way down to the bottom and even swirl through areas multiple times until it has the beautiful swirl effect you want.
    • Don’t miss the edges! Get all the way to the sides and bottom. Try not to leave any larger dollops of the cinnamon mixture sitting on the top or sides.
  4. How long to bake the cake – I suggest you bake the cake for 25-30 minutes. We live at sea level so if you are at a higher altitude, you may have to make adjustments.

    You want to make sure the cake is done by ensuring a toothpick will come out clean in the middle of the cake.

    Be careful not to overcook the cake because this can also make it more dry or crumbly.

Recipe Short Cuts

If you need to make this recipe, but are extra short on time, here are a few ideas that can help make this recipe even faster!

  • Measure the dry ingredients ahead of time– You can prepare the dry ingredients as far ahead of time as you want. Then it is just like using a mix when you are ready to bake.
  • Prepare the cinnamon swirl in advance– you can prepare up the cinnamon mixture up to 48 hours in advance. Keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake the cake.
  • Make the cake and freeze– You can prepare and bake the cake, then allow it to cool and freeze. Then when you want to serve it you can skip straight to the glaze step.

Lifting a slice of cinnamon swirl cake on a spatula

Freezer Instructions

This Cinnamon Swirl Cake freezes beautifully when using this method. You can prepare the cake in advance and then as it thaws it tastes just as fresh and tender as it did on day 1 out of the oven!

  1. Prepare and bake cake as directed. Do NOT glaze.
  2. Cool.
  3. Wrap cake tightly in plastic wrap and then foil.
  4. Freeze flat.
  5. When ready to serve, unwrap and lightly cover. Leave on the counter to thaw.
  6. Prepare glaze and spread over thawed cake. (This will be hard to do if the cake is still cold or frozen.)

The cake has the best flavor when eaten within six months of freezing.

Cinnamon Swirl Cake Leftovers

If you have leftovers after everyone has a slice, you can cover the pan with plastic wrap and leave it on the counter for up to 48 hours. If it is longer than that, I prefer to transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.