I apologize for being a Debbie downer, but I just wasn’t feeling this month’s Tuesdays with Dorie choices. Apples and cinnamon scream fall and winter to me, peaches won’t be ripe for another month, and two more celebration cakes? Really?
But it’s okay. I’m sure I’ll find something to enjoy about each one. I’ve made three already, and so far, so good.
The cinnamon cake really does look great, with its tender base, layer of cinnamon, and swirls of chocolate frosting. But I thought if I could cheat by skipping the frosting and reducing the chocolate in the filling, and get something closer to a muffin than a cake, then I could give them to Dave as a morning snack, freeing me up for another dessert recipe I was eager to make last week.
It wasn’t too far of a stretch, since the cake batter was mixed like a muffin – the dry and wet ingredients are mixed separately before being combined. Half of the batter is spread into a pan, a mixture of espresso powder, sugar, and cinnamon is sprinkled over the batter, then some chopped chocolate, and then the remaining batter. Dorie gives a cappuccino version of the recipe as well, where more espresso powder is mixed into the batter, and I made that variation in an effort to make this feel even less like a winter treat.
I was very happy with the result. The muffins were light and tender, with an interesting mix of flavors from the espresso, cinnamon, and chocolate. They’re certainly no replacement for our weekend cappuccino habit, but it’s not a bad substitute for a workday.
Tracey chose this recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie and has the recipe posted. I halved the chocolate in the filling, only used about 2/3 of the cinnamon sugar mixture, made the version with extra espresso, skipped the frosting, and baked the cake in muffin tins (use 12 for a full recipe) instead of a cake pan.
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