Vanilla Pudding Snickerdoodle Cake Recipe

This vanilla pudding snickerdoodle cake recipe has just 6 ingredients, and one of them is a cake mix! It’s easy, delicious, and quick to make. The cinnamon chips are the “icing on the cake!”

pieces of snickerdoodle cake

Everyone needs a quick and easy dessert recipe in their arsenal for the holiday season. This vanilla pudding snickerdoodle cake recipe is so good that you will find yourself thinking up reasons to make it! This recipe is a variation of the original pudding cake recipe I shared a couple of years ago. The original cake is chocolate, so this version tastes completely different. At the end of the post, some of my friends are sharing more inspiration for Thanksgiving, so make sure to take a look before you go.

snickerdoodle cake recipe ingredients

The thing that makes this cake so moist is, you guessed it, the pudding. The original recipe called for a can of Thank You brand pudding, which could always be found in the baking aisle of every grocery store. About a year ago, it disappeared. I looked for months at various grocery stores and finally gave up. An excellent substitution, and still very easy, are five single serve pudding cups. Any brand will work, and the pudding adds not only flavor, but a moist texture as well. 

dropping cinnamon chips on snickerdoodle cake

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About the Cinnamon Chips

Cinnamon chips can be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store. They usually appear in September, and disappear after Thanksgiving. (I found mine at Walmart.) If you can’t find them, click {HERE} to order them online. This link is for a pack of four bags, but they freeze well. Just put them in a resealable bag, and pop them in the freezer. Plus, they are delicious in my Snickerdoodle Bread Recipe or in Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cupcakes. 

If you can’t find the cinnamon chips, and don’t want to order, a good substitute, that’s a little easier to find, is Nestle’s Pumpkin Spice Morsels. Other ideas are caramel morsels or butterscotch morsels. 

snickerdoodle cake recipe with cinnamon chips

pieces of snickerdoodle cake

Vanilla Pudding Snickerdoodle Cake Recipe

This vanilla pudding snickerdoodle cake recipe has just 6 ingredients, and one of them is a cake mix! It's easy, delicious, and quick to make.
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Servings: 12 pieces
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
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For the Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 5 single serve vanilla pudding cups (3.25 oz. each)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips

For the Brown Sugar Whipped Topping

  • 1 8 oz. container Cool Whip or any whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl, add the cake mix, pudding cups, and eggs.
  • Mix on low speed just until combined. Turn mixer up to medium-high and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Put cake batter into prepared 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture evenly on cake batter.
  • Top with the cinnamon chips.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool and serve with brown sugar whipped topping.
  • To prepare the brown sugar whipping topping: add the brown sugar and cinnamon to the 8 oz. container of whipped topping. Stir well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
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  1. 5 stars
    This looks so good. Going to make it for my card club. Thank you for sharing.
    Joanne M

  2. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Thanks, Ann, for this recipe! I looks so delicious! I am going to make this on the weekend! Thanks for all you do for us! We appreciate you so much!

  3. Hi, Ann:
    This is probably a silly question, but do I follow the cake mix directions for water or are the pudding cups and eggs the only liquid for your vanilla pudding snickerdoodle cake ?
    “add the cake mix, pudding cups, and eggs”

    1. No…don’t follow the directions on the box. Just the cake mix, pudding cups, and eggs!

      1. Awesome, Ann: How easy!!!

  4. I love cinnamon chips on top of my pumpkin bread. No one sells them where I live, so I order!
    Thanks for this yummy looking cake idea!

  5. Annie Roach says:

    Oh, Ann! My young daughter is absolutely OBSESSED with your Snickerdoodle cinnamon bread recipe since I found you last year. I’ve made that at least once a month because my kids eat it so quickly. She is going to go nuts over this one! I’m going to make it today to surprise her. And those chips were super hard for me to find in CA, but back in Indiana… We bought 12 bags at Wal-Mart to stock up. Thanks so much for the freezing tip! Keep up the great work on the blog, it’s something I look forward to every time you’re in my inbox. Next up for dinner is your Vegetable Beef soup!

  6. This looks so good and so easy. My favorite kind of cake. This is one I will definitely make.