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Cinnamon Chocolate Cake Recipe

Cinnamon Chocolate Cake Recipe

The best thing about this cake is how good it tastes. The next best thing is I can prepare it in about 45 minutes, since it gets frosted while still warm. I've even dashed home from work at lunch, baked this dessert and returned with it for an afternoon celebration. —Rosemary Woodrow, Sparks, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:24-30 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. In a saucepan, combine the water, oil, butter and cocoa; bring just to a boil over medium heat. Pour over dry ingredients; mix well. Add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and baking soda; mix well. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • 2. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack.
  • 3. Meanwhile, for frosting, combine the butter, cream, cocoa and cinnamon in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is heated through. Remove from the heat; beat in sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in walnuts. Carefully spread over warm cake. Cool completely. Yield: 24-30 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 260 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268477
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

"We fixed this dessert for a group from our church and everyone loved it!!"

[email protected] User ID: 2545920 261113
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2017

"This is my family's all-time favorite. I have to bake this for every birthday. So good!"

TeriJean762 User ID: 6539994 15805
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"I've made this for years, and is far and away the most requested dessert recipe when I'm baking for someone. PERFECT balance - not too rich or sweet. I don't mix the chopped pecans in the frosting, though - I sprinkle them on half of the cake as some family members don't care for them."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 48211
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"I had prepared this recipe when it was first featured in Taste of Home-in fact, I'd contributed it

to a Ladie's meeting at our chapel back in 1998 & was asked for the recipe! I made adjustments on the recipe by adding 1 tsp. salt to the dry ingredients. Instead of whipping cream, I'd used 1/3 cup half and half when preparing the frosting. I baked for 20 minutes
and I'd greased and floured the 15x10x1" baking pan. I admit that I prefer to grease AND flour my baking pans-for me, it helps to get the cake out of the pan-in THIS case, cut the iced cake and having it easily served without the cake sticking to the pan! RosemaryWoodrow, thank you for sharing this recipe! DELowenstein"

schield User ID: 888201 48205
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

"I make this all the time. It is fast and amazing!"

homemaker27 User ID: 6063773 19803
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"This is the most scrumptious chocolate cake I have ever eaten. Anywhere I take it there is hardly none leftover. It's awesome! Thanks, homemaker27 :)"

katwalken User ID: 4000281 21576
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2009

"This is the chocolate cake my mom always made to. Couldn't be better. Very moist. Wouldn't try it as a layer cake though, it's so tender it falls apart. I like to put the icing on the hot cake so that it soaks in. DELICIOUS!!"

Grandma Foos User ID: 2390689 43159
Reviewed May. 3, 2008

"The kids in my family call this "Grandma's chocolate cake." She added her own touch to this cake by topping it with the coconut and pecan icing usually reserved for German chocolate cake. Pour it over the hot cake and then let it cool. If I serve it with the chocolate icing for a change the whole family complains."

Tracey Ellen User ID: 2827991 43903
Reviewed May. 3, 2008

"This recipe has been in my family since at least the 1950's. My grandmother called it "Texas Sheet cake" and it's my favorite chocolate cake!"

pattie2 User ID: 1796053 15804
Reviewed May. 2, 2008

"RE: Cinnamon chocolate cake

Wonderful recipe. My mother-in-law gave it to me 40 years ago. She had made it for years. quick, easy, great taste."

ek38 User ID: 89735 22756
Reviewed May. 2, 2008

"In the Nutrition facts, why did you not say how much sugar the receipt has?"

esommars User ID: 1565047 19801
Reviewed May. 2, 2008

"This is basically the same recipe as Texas sheet cake. I've made it many times. Nothing new."

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