Chocolate Cinnamon Cake Recipe

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Categories: American, Chocolate, Dessert

Submitted By: The Spice House.

Chocolate Cinnamon Cake Notes

This recipe comes to us courtesy of The Junior League of Chicago. It is from their cookbook, "Celebrate Chicago! A Taste of Our Town."

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1package (1 pound) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
Serves / Yields

18-24 servings

Preparation Instructions

Sift flour and sugar into large bowl.

Bring 1 cup butter, 1/4 cup cocoa and water to a boil in saucepan. Pour over flour mixture; mix well. Add buttermilk, baking soda, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla, eggs and salt and mix well.

Pour into greased and floured 10x15-inch cake pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.

For the frosting, bring 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup cocoa, milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla to a boil in saucepan; remove from heat. Add confectioners' sugar gradually, mixing until spreading consistency. Stir in pecans. Spread over hot cake.

Cake may be baked in 9x13 inch cake pan for 40 to 50 mintues.

Helpful Hints

This is a great cake to make when you are short on time or want to make it ahead. It is always a hit.

Quick Shopping List

Dutched or Natural Process Cocoa Powder
Natural, in a glass jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 2.5 oz.
Vietnamese "Saigon" Cassia Cinnamon, Cracked or Ground
Ground, in a glass shaker jar
1/2 cup in shaker jar, net 2 oz.
Madagascar "Bourbon Islands" Pure Single-Strength Vanilla Extract
Pure Extract
4 fluid oz.

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Paula O. Said:

This cake is a family favorite and makes wonderful little muffin sized cupcakes for individual servings....or gifts.

Make it Again? Paula O. would make this recipe again.

Jansen L. Said:
  1. Mix flour sugar into sauce pan on stove.
  2. Add two tbsp of concentrated coffee to frosting, then milk as required.
  3. Increase cocoa in frosting to taste.

This is a recipe my mother has made for the last 30 years - in Forked Deer Tennessee ( 10mls south of Nutbush)

Make it Again? Jansen L. would make this recipe again.