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Cinnamon Chocolate Cake

A healthy hint of cinnamon gives this chocolate cake an extra step up over the expected sheet cake. Its sweet frosting is full of crunchy pecans. —Victor Clifford, San Jose, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the butter, oil and chocolate. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat. Add the water; pour into a mixing bowl. Cool to room temperature. Beat in the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; add to the chocolate mixture alternately with buttermilk. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Remove to a wire rack.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the butter, milk and chocolate. Cook and stir over low heat until the chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth; fold in pecans. Spread over warm cake. If desired, sprinkle with additional chopped pecans.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 575 calories, 30g fat (12g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 291mg sodium, 74g carbohydrate (57g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • ebohuch
    Nov 10, 2020

    What the heck...this used to be a sheet cake recipe and they've completely changed it. Not happy.

  • lvarner
    Aug 3, 2019

    This cake tasted really good. I like the extra flavor the cinnamon adds, as well as the crunch and flavor from the pecans. This reminded me of a Texas sheet cake. I actually prefer a thicker cake, but overall this turned out well.