Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Cinnamon Squares -- Tuesdays with Dorie


Time for Tuesdays with Dorie! Our treat of the week this week: Cinnamon Squares, picked by the wonderful Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, you can visit her fun blog for this recipe. Thanks for a great pick, Tracey! I can't believe I'm posting so late, I like to usually write up my TWD post the night before and set it to post at midnight, but I wasn't able to make today's recipe until this morning. Good thing it was an easy one!

Cinnamon squares is a very basic recipe, I did change up a few ingredients though...I substituted buttermilk for the whole milk, I love the little something that buttermilk adds to baked goods and I had some to use up in the fridge so I thought, why not?

I also substituted cinnamon chips for the chocolate chips in the middle layer, and for the espresso powder, I subbed in instant French vanilla nut coffee.

The cake baked up and was done at 40 minutes, I used a standard 8 by 8 by 2 pan by wilton, I love that Dorie mentions in the recipe that she uses a basic Baker's Secret square pan, which are easy to find at just about any store that has a baking aisle. I have a few Baker's Secret pans and love them. I skipped the parchment paper and sprayed my pan with Crisco spray with flour for baking, no sticking problems, thank goodness!



For the chocolate frosting I used semisweet chips and melted them with the butter and added a few tablespoons of cream to give it a more ganache look.

The frosting spread easily with an off-set spatula, I tried my best to get it to look all swirly like in the book...

And that is all! A simple, moist, and very cinnamon-y snack cake :)

16 comments:

Leslie said...

This looks fantastic! Great idea to add cream to the frosting.

Megan said...

Great pictorial!

This was easy-peasy, and very tasty too!

Flourchild said...

Your cinnamon squares look wonderful. It sounds easy to make. I will have to try it soon! Im so busy these days but hope to get back in the kitchen soo!

chocolatechic said...

Perfect for breakfast.

Pamela said...

Look at how perfect your cake turned out! I added cinnamon chips to mine, too. It was so good!

vibi said...

Niiiiiice! Love the shinny glaze and all those detailed pics!
Very well done, Andrea!

pinkstripes said...

Your cinnamon squares look great!

Tracey said...

Thanks for baking with me this week! Your did a terrific job making the frosting swirls - they look great. I used cinnamon chips too in my playing around version, which wound up being my favorite!

natalia said...

Very very good !!! I like your step by step photos too !

Jessica said...

Those look absolutely delish! I love your swirly chocolate frosting.

lasinthekitchen said...

Wow, I can't believe how smooth your Cinnamon Square cake came out when you flipped it onto the cooling rack! I used wax paper and a bit of it stuck. The frosting looks beautiful, nice and shiny!

Debinhawaii said...

Great pictures--it looks delicious!

Cathy said...

So glad you enjoyed this, Andrea! It looks beautiful. I LOVE the cake part of this too. Not the biggest fan of chocolate and cinnamon together, but still enjoyed it. I think this one's a keeper!

Natashya said...

Looks totally yummy, great with an afternoon cup of tea.... like right about now..

Michele said...

Your cake looks wonderful!

Snooky doodle said...

oh this cake looks so good!

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