Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Baking With Dorie: Cinnamon Squares

While I love both cinnamon & chocolate and don't mind combining them together in a dessert, this recipe disappointed me a little (Sorry, Dorie!).

I made the Cappuccino version suggested in the book but even with addition of extra espresso, the cinnamon flavor was too over-powering for my family & even myself. I liked the chocolate & crunchy-sugar-cinnamon-y swirl in the middle of the cake as well as the chocolate frosting & the cake was very moist. But overall, this was not my favorite bake from BFMHTY. Which makes me very glad that I cut the recipe in half and baked mini-cakes. Maybe I wold have liked it better had I made the original version so that is something I would like to try out at some point in the future. 

I was aiming to get mini heart-shaped cakes (despite the fact that I'm a Valentine Grinch), but I over-filled my molds and ended up with some mushroom-topped cakes that looked nothing like hearts. Oh well, better luck next time. 

Please check out Chaya's blog Bizzy B. Bakes for the recipe (or pages 210-11 of Baking from my hoome to yours by Dorie Greenspan) and the blogroll here to see everyone else's versions. So far they've all enjoyed this cake better than I have. Next up we're baking Brownie Buttons. If you'd like to be a part of our baking challenge, please email  me at needfulthings at ymail dot com. We'd love to have  you bake along with us!


Sage Trifle said...

You may have been disappointed in your cakes and true, they don't look like hearts. But they are very pretty. I would probably agree with you on the flavor--cinnamon and chocolate are not my favorite combination of flavors.

Bizzy said...

Grrrrr. I wrote something, was told, it did not go through but who knows. Will come back later to see if you got it. I did love these, though. Yours are adorable.

laurie said...

I loved all the cinnamon! Next time I'll try it with the chocolate..yours look so good!

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

They dont look like hearts , though one does :-) but they sure look cute!!
I actually reduced the cinnamon a bit ,by a tbh in the batter i think and increased the filling by 1 tbh vanilla sugar so many thats why i didn find it too cinnamony!
Oh my baby ones , that the cinnamony sugar formed a nice crunch atop :-)
That tin is the silicone and metal one no?
I cant place the name now :-(
Ur chocolate toppin sure looks fantastic!
Happy day Grapefruit!

Beth said...

Mini-cakes sound perfect! Sorry you weren't happy with this recipe.


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