6/2/09

TWD: Cinnamon Chocolate Cake


This week's amazing Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was chosen by Tracey of Tracey's Culinary Adventures. The recipe is actually called Cinnamon Squares but I decided to do it in a round pan and put in on my cake stand because the recipe sounded too delicious to be made into ordinary squares! The combination of a cinnamon batter with a ribbon of cinnamon sugar, espresso powder, and chopped chocolate running through the middle of it and a delicious chocolate frosting is such a beautiful pairing that I cannot believe that I was ambivalent about the cinnamon and chocolate combo! As a matter of fact, many of the TWD bakers weren't impressed with the idea of combining the two potent (but rarely seen together) flavors... then of course they tried a bite and fell in love! Seriously, I am so surprised that I loved this so much!

When I popped my cake out of the pan I was a little nervous because it looked like a fair amount of my chopped chocolate had sunk to the bottom of the cake and the cake itself fell a little in the middle.
It smelled so wonderful though and it still looked presentable so I went ahead and frosted it with the simple chocolate/butter frosting and that dressed it up quite a bit. When I cut into the cake I found that the ribbon actually looked fairly intact (although it was closer to the bottom of the cake than Dorie's picture) once the pieces were sliced up- so I guessed I worried needlessly!


This was such a winner- I honestly think I'm going to make it again tomorrow for my little brother who just graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design last week and will be heading home to NOLA. I just can't stop thinking about that delicious cinnamony chocolaty goodness!

7 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

I was converted over to the chocolate/cinnamon combo when I made a recipe for Mexican Chocolate Pudding. It was great!

The cake looks excellent!

Tracey said...

Thanks for baking with me this week! Your cake looks beautiful on the stand. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much :)

Cristine said...

Gorgeous cake! I loved it, too!

Lady Baker said...

WOW, your cake looks great! So it sounds from your comment on my TWD post that we both have babies coming about the same time! Best of everything to you! :) I'll add your blog as one I come back and "visit" each week!

lasinthekitchen said...

Wow, your Cinnamon Square cake looks beautiful on your cake stand! I love how you swirled the frosting!

Susan @ SGCC said...

Oooh! Your cake is so pretty! I'm glad you loved it. Beautiful job!

Pamela said...

I just loved this cake! Did you make it a second time? Honestly, I had to fight myself out of the kitchen so I wouldn't make it again. I ate way too much the first time! :o)