Ahhhh…back to school time; time for books, new shoes and simple desserts that are the perfect ending to long school days. During this time of the year, I’ll admit that our schedule is undergoing some major adjustment. The boys are both struggling with waking up at a new, earlier time. I’m doing my best to kick myself out of lazy summer gear and ensure that everyone is where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there. These days are long. And full. And honestly, some of my favorite of the year. With the kids still excited about new friends and learning, it gives me time to focus on creating special treats that make back to school even sweeter, like my can’t miss Cinnamon Crunch Cake.
This easy to make cake was born out of a recent trip to Food Lion to pick up one of my boys’ favorite cereals: Malt-O-Meal® Cinnamon Toasters. Really, any time I’m shopping I make sure to pick up bags of all their favorite Malt-O-Meal cereals like the Cinnamon Toasters, S’Mores and Golden Puffs.
With bigger sizes and easy to store bags, they are the perfect choice for my family. And with tons of options, at amazing prices, I’m able to stock up on what everyone likes without having to worry about high costs or needing extra room in the pantry! So, it stands to reason that we always have plenty of these great bags of cereal in my home. But as I stood in the cereal aisle of Food Lion and looked at the varieties, an idea struck me. While these Malt-O-Meal cereal options are pretty much a given for breakfast, I had the idea to turn them into a breakfast inspired dessert that I was sure my boys would love and that would make back to school evenings sweet. To start, I picked up my Malt-O-Meal cereals. Then I headed home to create a Cinnamon Crunch Cake inspired by the Malt-O-Meal Cinnamon Toasters.
What You Will Need:
1 Bag of Malt-O-Meal Cinnamon Toasters
1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix
4 Ounces of Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 Cup of Sour Cream
1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup of Water
2 Sticks of Butter
8 Ounces of Cream Cheese
4 Cups of Confectioner’s Sugar
2 and 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoons of Cinnamon
How to Make It:
This Cinnamon Crunch Cake is seriously so easy to make and it incorporates the favorite childhood flavor of Malt-O-Meal Cinnamon Toasters. To start, I whipped up my semi-homemade cake batter by mixing together my box cake mix, instant pudding, sour cream, eggs, vegetable oil and water until a batter had formed.
Next, I poured half of my batter into each of two greased round baking pans.
Into the oven at 350 degrees my cakes went for twenty-six minutes, until they were golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle came out clean. Once my cakes were done, I removed them from the oven and allowed them to cool completely.
With my cakes cooked and my Malt-O-Meal Cinnamon Toasters ready, all I needed was a perfect way to bring them all together. After creaming together my butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and cinnamon in the mixer, I slowly added in my confectioner’s sugar until a somewhat thick frosting had formed.
Since my cakes were cool and I didn’t have to worry about the frosting melting, I immediately placed one of my cakes onto a cake platter and spread on a generous amount of the cinnamon frosting, topping my frosting with a thick layer of Malt-O-Meal Cinnamon Toasters.
Gently, I placed my second cake on top of my layer of cereal.
Then, all that was left to do was frost and add a little crunch to the outside of my Cinnamon Crunch Cake. To start, I spread on a generous amount of my frosting, smoothing it down the flat side of my knife as I went.
After frosting my cake completely, I used my hands to gently push the Malt-O-Meal Cinnamon Toasters into the icing, creating a crunchy crust to the cake that was packed with cinnamon flavor!
After covering the entire outside of my cake with my cereal, it was ready to serve.
Let me say, after a long day at school, this is one dessert that will brighten my boys’ faces. And while they will always love their Malt-O-Meal cereals for breakfast, it’s a fun and delicious way to take a favorite cereal and totally transform it into a dessert that brightens any day.
After cutting into my cake and revealing the layer of Cinnamon Toasters on the inside, both my boys couldn’t wait to give it a try.
With moist cake, tangy icing and the crunch of Malt-O-Meal Cinnamon Toasters in each and every bite, they immediately declared that this was a cake worth going back to school for!
If you’re ready to think outside the box with it comes to cereal choices your family will love, I encourage you to pick up a variety of Malt-O-Meal cereals at Food Lion today! Before you head out to stock up, be sure to check out the 34 fun flavors and great recipe inspiration here. You’ll find tons of ideas to inspire your own creation, like my Cinnamon Crunch Cake!
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Tell me, which of the Malt-O-Meal cereal varieties does your family enjoy most?