Large chocolate cinnamon cake

Chocolate Cinnamon Cake

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

Yield: 18-24 servings
Collections: American Chocolate Dessert

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Chocolate Cinnamon Cake Recipe

  • 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
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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.

Yield: 18-24 servings
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.


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jansen l

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)

Paula O

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


Easy to make and tastes incredibly yummy, especially warm with vanilla ice cream on top. The stovetop method was new to me, but I liked it. I baked the cake in a 9x13 Pyrex for 37 minutes and it was way too long. Next time I will test it at 30 min. Will definitely make again!

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