Cinnamon Cake Squares

I am damned if I do and I am damned if I don’t!  The husband does complain at times about the “fresh baked” treats that adorn our kitchen counter(no one else seems to complain…).  And when I do take a break from endless hours in the kitchen, and there is nothing under the glass dome, he sighs, makes a comment, and pouts.

This past Friday night was one of those occasions.  We had just finished a lovely Friday night dinner of roasted salmon with homemade teriyaki sauce, baked brown rice, and sauteed zucchini.  No dessert.  I did, however, have frozen cookie doughs in the freezer, but that wouldn’t do.  Although it wasn’t what he wanted, the kids talked him into a Pinkberry run.  I was perfectly happy with my mini yogurt with fresh berries, but I knew that baking was going to be part of the weekend agenda.

On Sunday morning, I accessed the provisions on hand and pulled out a few books.  I settled on Dorie’s Cinnamon Squares. By the time everyone woke up that morning, this lovely cake was cooling on the counter.  Dorie’s directions said to layer the chocolate pieces in the center of the cake.  I added half the amount of chocolate to the batter and the rest I put in the middle of the cake.  This is a cross between a coffee cake and a sheet cake.  Thus, can be eaten pretty much any time of day!

Cinnamon Squares


for the cake:
1 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
1 Tbsp. plus 2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. instant espresso powder
1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of sea salt
3/4 cup whole, organic milk
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
10 Tbsp(5 oz.) unsalted, organic butter, melted and cooled
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped small
for the frosting:
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chipped
2 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted, organic butter, cut into 4 pieces


• preheat oven to 350*
• butter an 8″ square baking pan.  line the bottom of the pan with parchment. set on a baking sheet.
for the cake:
• combine 2 tablespoons of the sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons of the cinnamon, and the expresso powder in a bowl, and set aside.
• in a large bowl, whisk the flour, 1 1/4  cups of sugar, baking powder, salt, and 1 tablespoons of cinnamon.
• in another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla. add the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.  whisk to combine.
• fold in the melted butter to the batter.
•add half of the batter to the prepared pan. sprinkle the chocolate over the batter and then the cinnamon, sugar, espresso mixture (I actually added half of the chocolate to the batter).
• sperad the rest of the batter over the chocolate mixture.
• bake for about 40 minutes (check it after 35 minutes). cool on a wire rack.
• invert the cake after 30 minutes and remove the parchment.  let cool completely before frosting.
to make the frosting:
• place the chocolate and the butter in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. when melted, let cool before spreading over cooled cake.
• allow the frosting to set on top of the cake, then cut into squares.
• delish

The Urban Baker /

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  • Reply

    I guess we ladies can never win. My BF, whom I see a couple times per month, said yesterday, “You haven’t cooked me dinner in awhile.” I love cooking him dinner, but every time we’ve seen each other recently he wants to go on a date.

    P.S. I need to make these soon. The smell of cinnamon is getting me in the mood for Fall.


    • Susan

      We can’t win. That’s why are our gal pals are so important!

  • Nancy@acommunaltable

    ROFLMAO!! There has GOT to be something in the male DNA – I have the exact same problem in my house!!

    This looks exactly like something my crew will love – so guess what I will be doing later this week?
    Making this cake, of course!!!

    You are a wonder Susan – truly!!

    • Susan

      The perils of being the only girl in the household. And they want a dog – and I am sure it will be a male!

  • Georgia Pellegrini

    I love the idea of having cinnamon be the star in a recipe. I have some fresh cinnamon that someone just gave me as a gift that it worthy of a feature 🙂

    • Susan

      Thanks, Georgia, for reminding me that fall is right around the corner. I need to gear up for my favorite season of all!

  • Kim

    It’s the same thing in my home. My boyfriend is always complaining about dessert: either there is too much or not enough… Why is that????? I really don’t understand it… These squares can surely please him (and me, of course)…

    • Susan

      I think us gals just got to do what we got to do and not worry about the outcome. In my midlife – I am finally realizing that I am not here to serve nor please. I am doing what I love and if you want to come along for the ride then lucky you!

  • Brooke @ Food Woolf

    See what happens when we spoil them? 🙂

    • Susan

      Isn’t a shame, Brooke, that doing what we love and are passionate about can ruin or spoil those around us? My eldest came to me a few months back and said, “mommy, I am in trouble. I am in trouble because no one is going to cook like you”. I immediately responded by saying, “you don’t need anyone one to cook for you, you can learn and be better than the one you love”. Now, once a week, he picks the dish, gives me a list of ingredients and we cook together. It’s a beautiful thing!!! Men who cook are so sexy – don’t you agree?

  • Amanda

    I really love your adaptation of this… it is perfection!! (you always impress me though) 🙂

    • Susan

      You impress me, Lady!

  • Esi

    I have been wanting to make this for years. Thanks for reminding me

    • Susan

      Make it, Esi, you won’t be sorry!

  • Reply

    It is late. I am exhausted. I would love to dive into this cake right now. Fall asleep with it actually 😉 Looks heavenly.

    • Susan

      I wish I was your neighbor, Esi. I would have brought you a big hunk of it!

  • jocelyn

    i don’t even know how to respond to this- but YUM come to mind.

    • Susan

      yum it was (sadly it disappeared before I could say YUM)!

  • Patricia Scarpin

    I’m so in love with your baked goods and your pretty photos! I feel like running home to bake something, Suz. 😀
    That is such a good idea for me to bake for work (lots of coworkers, so I need a recipe that can feed a crowd). Delish!

    • Susan

      Patricia, you will love this cake. Prepping the ingredients in advance made assembly super easy. And I bet you have everything on hand -no need to run to the store to buy special ingredients! xx

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