Cinnamon Chocolate Bundt Cake

Friday, April 3, 2009

Food Librarian - Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt
Cinnamon Chocolate Bundt Cake

One of our two seasons here in Southern California (the other, of course, is summer).

And what comes with Spring? Besides in influx of pollen that can destroy your quality of life (oh, I digress and yet would like to take this opportunity to say the Neti-Pot isn't just an Oprah is a miracle worker!)…Okay, back to Spring. What's else in the in air? It's love. Yes, love is all a'swirling.

Or at least in my oven.

Recently, I was looking at Amy’s Sing for your Supper blog and saw her beautiful Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt cake . She has a fancy new Bundt pan. Go look at her cake. Go ahead. I’ll wait for you.

Cute, huh?

Food Librarian - Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt
It was love at first sight and bite!

And the love continues. I have made this cake four times in one week (to four different groups of people)! Yes, I'm so in love.

This recipe is so awesome simple! Don’t have to get anything to room temp and you don’t need a KitchenAid mixer. The secret is bringing 1 c water, ½ c oil, 1 stick butter and ¼ c + 1T (or 5 T) cocoa powder to a boil and then adding it to a 2 c flour, 2 c sugar and ½ t salt mixture. Add in ½ c buttermilk and 1 t baking soda. Mix 2 eggs, 1 ½ t cinnamon and 1 t vanilla in a small bowl and combine with batter. That's it!! Bake in a Bundt at 375 for 30-35 minutes (the original recipe says 25 minutes but mine has been raw at this point). Cool in the pan (I took depanned mine after about 20 minutes with no problems).

Oh geez, I just typed the recipe from memory. I’m seriously head-over-heels in love.

Food Librarian - Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt
One time, I added 1 t instant espresso powder to the boiled mixture and it was good, but it muted the cinnamon flavor. Ina Garten just did a Barefoot Contessa show where the secret ingredient in her chocolate recipe was coffee…and I agree with her…but not in this one so I'm sticking with the original. Also, I've made it with both Dutch-processed and regular Hershey's cocoa powder - and it was fab both times. I'm telling you - this cake rocks.

Food Librarian - Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt
Do your friends, family and co-workers a favor...make this cake!
You'll fall in love this Spring too!

Amy’s Sing for your Supper
Play-by-Play photos on Vintage Victuals (who adapted the recipe from the recipe from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, that is gorgeous and it sounds like such an easy recipe! I love your photos and the pretty green background :) I wish spring would arrive here!

Treehouse Chef said... [Reply to comment]

This cakes looks delicious! I also love using Bundt pans. They make a nice presentation.

Pearl said... [Reply to comment]

that cake looks so moist!

i have a quick question: what is the difference between dutch processed cocoa and the regular? does it make a difference in the cake, and if so, how?

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

That looks so pretty! Hmm.. cinnamon and chocolate.. I never thought about combining the two.

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

I kind of want to make this immediately. Oh my goodness! I absolutely adore chocolate and cinnamon together. One of those perfect combinations.

Angie said... [Reply to comment]

Gee, must you be so convincing? Okay, I shall bake them next week then. Btw, thanks for sharing the recipe and OMG! They look so delish! :D

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Looks wonderful! I can't believe you've made 4 times in one week. Wow.

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

great flavours and that is a perfect slice.

kristina said... [Reply to comment]

Looks absolutely delicious! Must go look for my Bundt pan now... K x

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

oh looks amazing! you re so enthusiastic about this cake that now I have to try it for sure. Looks awesome ! Wish I had a slice

Shari said... [Reply to comment]

I love how simple and gorgeous bundt cakes are. Yours looks great!

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! said... [Reply to comment]

Cakes like this are the best, cinnamon and chocolate are great partners.

Siri said... [Reply to comment]

Such a pretty bundt- I love the addition of cinnamon!

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

Yummy - I will have to try this soon - especially since it was so easy to make.

Ellie said... [Reply to comment]

I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe! It is a long-time favorite in my family. :-)

Kerstin said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful - I would love a piece! I always enjoy cinnamon and chocolate together.

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

a love letter to a cake! this is my kind of writing! and I love having a stash of recipes that are simpler than the usual (like not needing softened butter ALL the time). This looks worthy of all that love...I can't wait to try it in one of my 13 bundt pans (sigh).

Ninette said... [Reply to comment]

Great tease on tastespotting, and I was even more pleased to read your enthusiastic prose. Then to top it off, the recipe was something I could do. I'm a cook not a baker, but this kind of baking (easy) is up my alley. Thank you.

Elyse said... [Reply to comment]

I love chocolate and cinnamon together. This bundt cake looks stellar. I wish I could have a slice right now. YUM!!

Mary Jo said... [Reply to comment]

mmm, that looks so good. 4 times in one week it must be great!

Reeni said... [Reply to comment]

It's so dark and rich and moist! I love that cinnamon is the star here!

Jaime said... [Reply to comment]

what a lovely bundt cake!

Mary said... [Reply to comment]

OK..this is just an idea and you can ignore it if you want, but I SERIOUSLY think you should write a cookbook all about coffee cakes..every time you make a bundt cake it looks perfect and you have a ton of different recipes..and how cool would it be to see YOUR book on the library shelves!

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

If you've committed it to memory, that sounds like a sure-fire winner!

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

Four times in one week, huh? I'm sold. If it's that good I'm definitely making it soon, soon, soon. And an added bonus: I love bundt cakes. Thanks, Mary!

betty geek said... [Reply to comment]

I like the green background! Very spring indeed!

I have this unused Williams-Sonoma bundt pan which has not been used. Need to do something about that! :)

Thanks for sharing and your bundt cake is gorgeous! I might make it for Earth Day.

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

You had me at the title. Im a fan of all things cinnamon and chocolate...I'm drooling!

And I totally agree with you on the Neti-Pot. We're best of friends.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said... [Reply to comment]

A beautiful cake! A real temptation!



Verena said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, if the cake tastes as good as the really should be awesome!
I just loved this recipe and will be reading through the other ones in the blog!
Congrats for the great recipe!
Hugs from Brazil!

vibi said... [Reply to comment]

I can't say I'm a great fan of cinnamon and chocolate together... but this cake simply looks so moist and a perfect base for many others, I might just try it... perhaps with cardamom instead!

How To Eat A Cupcake said... [Reply to comment]

Mmm it looks fabulous! And I love your cake stand!

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

As always, it looks gorgeous. I don't know what we have here in South Texas. We have summer and mild summer, I guess! :)

J.L. Danger said... [Reply to comment]

your cake looks so beautiful!

Creative Classroom Core said... [Reply to comment]

I love cinnamon and chocolate together... these sound heavenly!

Deeba PAB said... [Reply to comment]

OH YAY...another beauty & worth memorising! Gorgeous!!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Questa ricetta è fantastica,appena la farò la pubblicherò nel mio blog,è troppo buona ,dopo Pasqua,in questi giorni sono indaffarata a preparare i dolci pasquali della tradizione napoleta.

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Wow 4 times in one week! That is serious cake love. I'll have to save the recipe. =)

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

I love chocolate and cinnamon together this is a great looking cake!

Foodiewife said... [Reply to comment]

I made this cake. My bundt pan was a disaster. The cake is ugly, but sure tastes good! I figure if you can be so honest about your baking disasters (with such great humor), then I can too.

Thanks for this wonderful recipe. You were right. It's simple to make, and very good.

Deeba PAB said... [Reply to comment]

Off to make it....came back to copy down the ingredients! Thanks

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Love your blog! Librarian and food, what could be better?

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I just made this cake and it is now 10:30 on the East Coast and I had to have a piece. The cake is moist, moist, moist with a wonderful crumb. I had to bake it for almost an hour but I had to put it in an angel food pan because I can't find my bundt pan. thanks so much for posting this recipe! I love your blog!!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I made this cake for work and topped it with a semi-sweet chocolate ganache, and everyone loved it!! I recommend this recipe.

Chaya said... [Reply to comment]

This is a cake of many merits. It is easy. The ingredients are accessible. Based on what you said, it is good and it can be played with, trying out an extract or as you did with the coffee.

I will have to try a bit of expresso in my next plain chocolate cake if there is such a thing as plain chocolate.

Bridget The Internet Chef said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Honey!

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful recipe!

I love it so much I've included it in "My Top 21 Chocolate Cake recipes on Twitter" posts.

Keep up the great work!

Bridge x

Alex said... [Reply to comment]

I remember when i was young there were mixes you could buy at the store that included the tunnels. I remember a cinnamon swirl one, a chocolate cake with a white creamy type filling, and mostly I remember and drizzle. Does anyone know if there is anywhere that still sells them or have a chocolate/caramel bundt recipe? Not only can i not find a recipe but i can't even find a nostalgia page that acknowledges them.

Bundt Cake Pans said... [Reply to comment]

I really love it. It really looks Delicious. I am sure am not good cake maker. Good Job. Nice Post.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Looks like a fab recipe!Would love to know what the weight of a butter stck in your country is? In Australia it is 250g THANK YOU!

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]


Try these for 1 stick of butter (United States)
1 stick of butter = 1/4 pound
1 stick of butter = 1/2 cup
1 stick of butter = 8 tablespoons
1 stick of butter = 4 ounces
1 stick of butter = 113 grams

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