TWD: Cinnamon Squares

by Holly on June 2, 2009

I have to admit that cinnamon and chocolate haven’t ever really been a combination that I’ve really thought to go together, but through Tuesdays with Dorie I’ve learned that it is a combination that I really like – at least the way Dorie does it!

The cinnamon squares are a lightly flavored cinnamon cake, with a layer of chopped chocolate, cinnamon and sugar, all topped off with a luscious and creamy layer of good chocolate on top kept creamy by a little bit of butter so that it doesn’t harden up too much.

This week’s recipe for Cinnamon Squares was chosen by Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. This is one the recipe photos in the book that I have been really eyeing for a while – that heavenly swirl of chocolate on top was just calling my name. Thanks Tracey!!

I am very happy to report that we all loved this! The cinnamon flavor is just a hint in the cake itself and some more lovely spots of it in the filling, along with the chocolate. Nothing, in my opinion, overpowered anything else – it was all a lovely balance and something nice and different.

Make sure to check out how the rest of the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers fared this week for more cinnamon and chocolatey goodness!

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Manggy June 2, 2009 at 8:44 am

This is THE photograph in the book that made me drool all over it! (This was in the days when I only bought books on sale, though πŸ˜› ) I’m glad you liked it, though I’m not too well-versed in the flavor combination either. But seriously, how can you say no to such a lovely frosting, right? πŸ˜‰

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Amanda June 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I’m glad this worked out for you! It did smell Heavenly, but something went wrong with mine. Amazingly, my ribbon didn’t sink LOL

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Pamela June 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Um…can you say luscious?! Your cake looks amazing!! Loved this one.

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Cristine June 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Your squares look perfect!

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Shari@Whisk: a food blog June 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Beautiful job! Lovely ribbon! They look just perfect!

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chocolatechic June 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I just knew yours would come out perfectly.

I was right.

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Maria June 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

I love cinnamon, I don’t know why I haven’t made these yet! They look incredible!

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Leslie June 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm

This looks perfect! I’m so glad the entire family enjoyed it. I thought this was a real keeper (and I loved how easy it was!)

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haleysuzanne June 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Those look absolutely delightful. That glossy chocolate frosting makes me want to dive right in.

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Ronnica June 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Oh, those look good!

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What's for Supper? June 2, 2009 at 3:18 pm

It looks great! We liked this recipe too.

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Kim June 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm

The chocolate layer in the cake looks like a smile. Looks fantastic.

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vibi June 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I’m in total agreement with you… we all loved it too!

Nicely done, love that glistening ganache!

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isa June 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Your cake look beautiful! We all loved it too. Great job!

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lasinthekitchen June 2, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Luscious is exactly what I thought when I saw your cinnamon squares! The frosting is fantastic! The best part is how easy it is to bake (cake & frosting)!

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Clivia June 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I was also happily surprised by this flavour combination. Glad you enjoyed.

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Erin June 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Your chocolate layer and frosting look fantastic!

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pinkstripes June 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I’m glad it was a success. They look wonderful.

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Martha June 2, 2009 at 11:53 pm

These squares look divine. I’ve been a fan of cinnamon and chocolate ever since discovering Mexican hot chocolate a few years back. Need to add this to my growing stack of must try recipes.

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carol peterman June 3, 2009 at 1:08 am

Spectacular looking cake! I loved this one too, but I am a long-time fan of chocolate and cinnamon. Glad you like the flavor combo.

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Tracey June 3, 2009 at 1:19 am

Thanks for baking with me this week! Haha – I'm with you on the photo – it totally sucked me into choosing this recipe. Your cake looks perfect – I'm glad it was a hit!

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margot June 3, 2009 at 6:08 am

That photo in the book is just so inviting. Glad you ended up enjoying this cake so much, yours looks perfect!

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Mommyof2girlz June 3, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Stopping by from SITS to say hi. Great blog, love all the recipes…yummm! Have an awesome day πŸ™‚

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steph- whisk/spoon June 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm

looks really good! especially that perfectly swirled frosting!!

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TeaLady June 3, 2009 at 11:48 pm

your cake is smiling. That's how good it was.

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Jacque June 4, 2009 at 3:13 am

I have to admit to not being a cinnamon + chocolate fan. But I think I'll make this soon anyway.

Yours looks so cool with that bowl-shaped chocolate stripe. Nice work!

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Mermaid Sweets June 6, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Wow, I love all your photos, the cakes looks divine.

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The Food Librarian June 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Love your swirlings on the top! Yummy!

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