Cinnamon Squares

Looks pretty with flowers from my mom's yard

Looks pretty with flowers from my mom's yard

This week’s TWD baked goodie was selected by Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. You have to visit her blog, she has a lot of goodies (sweet and savory) to share with you and her photos are really beautiful. Tracey picked Cinnamon Squares and she did it 2 ways – as a cake and as a cupcake. My version of Cinnamon Squares wants to be Tracey’s version when she grows up!

I was really pleased with this week’s pick because I LOVE cinnamon! Cinnamon and chocolate together? What could be better than that? (Other than more cinnamon and chocolate…)

I always read the P&Q post for helpful hints because I usually tend to bake over the weekend and most of the TWD bakers are a lot timelier than me. A really good hint was to make the bottom layer of the cake thicker than the top layer because the cinnamon/chocolate layer in between tends to sink a bit. I followed that advice and unfortunately, my cinnamon/chocolate layer still sunk towards the bottom! Although it was really deceiving because as it was cooling on the rack I was admiring it – the middle layer looked exactly like that – a middle layer! I was feeling pretty pleased with myself (I think I remember myself doing an impromptu happy dance, and yes, I was all by myself in the kitchen).

Doesn't it look like it's in the middle??  Soo cruel to tease me like that.

Doesn't it look like it's in the middle?? Soo cruel to tease me like that.

I let it cool to room temperature and then wrapped it in saran wrap to take to my mom’s house for a family get together. The only thing that bothered me a little bit was that it looked a little over baked at the edges. That doesn’t bother me because I like the burnt edges of cakes, cookies, brownies, anything really. But I wasn’t eating this cake all by myself; although that cake batter was sooo tasty I totally had to restrain myself from liberally tasting it, just to make sure there was enough cinnamon you know. But not everyone likes burnt edges…

At my mom’s house I made the chocolate frosting. How simple was it you might ask? Just melt chocolate and butter together and you’re done! You can even microwave it to get it done more quickly. Sheesh, so simple and really delicious – just ask my mom, she was licking the bowl! HAH! A change from when I used to be the one licking the bowl while she was doing the baking!

I am not proficient at all with making my frosting look nice and pretty like Dorie did with hers or Tracey with her cake and cupcake, and most of the other TWD bakers. I need a lot more practice. But I just pretended that the frosting was too warm and thin for me to make it look pretty and frosted the cake. My mom was disappointed that the frosting didn’t cover the whole cake. She got over it when the cake was sliced because my niece pointed out that she loved how thick the frosting got on top! It was a baking success with the family, everyone loved it!

The frosting does look pretty thick on top!  =)

The frosting does look pretty thick on top! =)

Don’t forget to visit Tracey’s blog and I suggest you copy the recipe and try this one for yourself – especially if you love cinnamon! And definitely visit the other TWD blogs to see how their Cinnamon Squares turned out because there’s always lots of different takes done by the TWDers!

Next week: Parisian Apple Tartlet
Last week: Chipster-Topped Brownies

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33 responses to this post.

  1. Looks great and glad the whole family enjoyed it. I think your frosting looks perfect.

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  2. And look at your cinnamon/chocolate swirl in the middle! Looks perfect. Mine sank, but this cake was still DEE-licious!

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  3. Don’t worry – I think it was impossible to have the filling exactly in the middle – it looks great! And I’m sure everyone enjoyed it – glad your mom did too! Frosting looks perfect!

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  4. Your frosting is so nice and thick on top! I think your swirl looks perfect, too.

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  5. I’m whit you, I love cinnamon!
    Nicely done, love that glistening ganache!

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  6. The frosting looks nice and thick in that last picture. nice work!

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  7. oooo, it looks wonderful. The frosting is nice and thick. And I do not consider that swirly as sunk, it looks great!

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  8. I think your chocolate filling layer looks absolutely perfect!

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  9. I agree, yours is not sunk. It’s thick and lovely right where it should be. Well done!

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  10. I am loving your glossy chocolate frosting! I think it looks fabulous. Mine did the deceptive “middle layer” thing as well – looked good on the outside, then I sliced into it only to find it had sunk …

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  11. Your cake and frosting look picture perfect! My favorite thing this week is looking at all the different chocolate ribbons threading throughout the cakes…they are all different! Sort of magical and fun to see them all. Nice post, great photos, great food! Kudos to you!

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  12. I’ve been known to do a victory dance in my kitchen on occasion. Nice job!

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  13. you’re right….your cinnamon,coffee,sugar,chocolate layer is RIGHT in the middle. great work!
    i’m with you, i couldn’t for the life of me make my icing look like Dorie’s….oh well, the taste is everything 🙂

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  14. Posted by Joy on June 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Your frosting looks great! Pretty flowers, too 🙂

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  15. I’ll do a happy dance for you, your filling looks great. You should dance again!

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  16. Glad the family enjoyed!

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  17. I think your filling layer looks perfect! I got my cappuccino chips at Cost Plus World Market, they really are good.

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  18. oh, wow, your cake looks stunning! what a perfect swirl, and what glossy, thick frosting. yum!

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  19. Your cinnamon squares look already pretty grown up to me, you know… the swirl and frosting are perfect! …and I’m in total agreement with you… nothing gets better than that (other that more of that! LOL)

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  20. Yours has a lovely swirl, well done! I love the Problems and Questions section, since I always bake on the weekend, too. Glad it was a hit!

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  21. Your filling looks absolutely perfect to me, as does the swirl!!
    Paris was great!! We had lovely weather so it was perfect!!!

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  22. I think you did a beautiful job with your frosting! Mine was hard as a stone by the time I got around to cutting it. Great job!

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  23. I think your frosting looks perfect, all shiny and delicious! How great that you could make this at your mom’s and share it with her (and letting her lick the bowl…that’s love!)

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  24. Your swirl looks great, even if it did sink a bit. Mine just sort of vanished into the batter.

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  25. I think your cinnamon squares are beautiful! Wasn’t it nice to have such an easy recipe! I love my KitchenAid mixer, but sometimes I girl just wants to stir up something with a spoon!

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  26. Glad this was a hit! I think this one is definitely a keeper, because it works well even without chocolate. Oh, I think your ganache looks great – thick and irresistible!

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  27. that frosting is to die for. It is so thick! Yum. Great job.

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  28. Posted by Karen on June 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    i love when i get to do happy dances in the kitchen! 🙂 i love the pics of the cut ones, that frosting is really thick.

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  29. Good job, it looks great. I really enjoy cooking with the TWD bakers.

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  30. Yes, this was the perfect cake for a cinnamon fix. 🙂 You did a great job on your cake!

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  31. I think your cake looks just lovely, and I’m happy that everyone enjoyed it!

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  32. I adore the thick layer of frosting on top! So good!

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  33. wow you got a really good swirl in the middle!

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