Cinnamon Squares…

by Jamie on June 1, 2009

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe for Cinnamon Squares was chosen by Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. I love cinnamon, but something about a cinnamon and chocolate combination does not go over well with me. I left the decision up to the boyfriend; he ended up choosing cream cheese frosting over the chocolate from the recipe. Cream cheese frosting is his favorite, so I do not even know why I bothered to ask his opinion…I think he would eat it dolloped on a pickle. I also left out the espresso powder because I did not have any on hand. This cake came together with ease, baked up beautifully in 47 minutes. Once the cake was cooled to room temperature I slathered on the cream cheese frosting and placed it in the fridge overnight. After cutting the cake, I was pleased to see that my cinnamon and chocolate swirl did not sink to the bottom as some TwD members stated in the P&Q. Overall, we though this cake was delicious, I would love to try adding chopped apples to the batter. The cream cheese frosting was an amazing addition to this cake, and I will definitely be making this again!
For the recipe, check out Tracey’s blog or flip to pages 210-211 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. For more variations on this delicious recipe, head over to the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

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The Food Librarian June 1, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Looks beautiful. The cream cheese frosting sounds great.


Megan June 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm

mmmm – cream cheese frosting. What a great idea!


vibi June 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm

LOL I knew someone else would make this! LOL I too am not a great fan of chocolate and cinnamon, perhaps we both come from the same cabbage patch!
I didn’t leave it to anyone else though, to decide to make cream cheese frosting… come to think of it, the pickle idea is not too bad, ya know! LOL

What I enjoyed most about this cake with the cream cheese frosting, was that it was just like having a great cinnamon bun!

Very well done, Jamie… I’m glad you guys enjoyed it!


What's for Supper? June 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm

What a beautiful picture…I love the green accents.


Katrina June 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm

I don’t really love cinnamon and chocolate together either, but thies was good. Love your photos!


Leslie June 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm

The cream cheese sounds like it was a great combo with the cinnamon. Your cake rose so nicely! Mine ended up a little flatter but still delicious.


Steph June 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm

So many people talk about not liking cinnamon and chocolate before, but I’ve never tried that combo.. or at least I don’t think so. I was more freaked out at how much cinnamon was going into the cake! Your squares look beautiful. You can’t go wrong with cream cheese!


oneshotbeyond June 1, 2009 at 11:00 pm

I have been seeing cinnamon everywhere lately. This is one of the ones I’d really want to try…looks like my perfect square just waiting patiently!


The Cooking Photographer June 1, 2009 at 11:20 pm

That looks sooo good right now.


Amanda June 2, 2009 at 6:32 am

I’m glad this worked out for you! It did smell Heavenly, but something went wrong with mine. Amazingly, my ribbon didn’t sink LOL


Em June 2, 2009 at 6:35 am

Gorgeous as always!


Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] June 2, 2009 at 6:51 am

I am in LOVE with those little green spoons. Super-adorable!! :)


Pamela June 2, 2009 at 7:01 am

Looks wonderful and the frosting looks so good, too. Good choice! And the ribbon looks so pretty in your cake.


Cristine June 2, 2009 at 7:21 am

I bet this was awesome with cream cheese frosting. YUM!


Maria June 2, 2009 at 7:37 am

Love your photos! The frosting looks great!


berrybushel June 2, 2009 at 9:09 am

Cream cheese frosting sounds so good on this cake! I left the espresso out too, but infused my milk with chai tea. Good to know it tastes great without espresso!


chocolatechic June 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

Cream cheese frosting sounds wonderful.


Amy June 2, 2009 at 11:20 am

What beautiful pictures! I bet the cream cheese frosting was delish!!



zoe June 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm

i loooove cinnamon! Great idea with the frosting!


Natalie June 2, 2009 at 12:12 pm

you definitely can’t hate on him for loving cream cheese frosting!


Jennifer June 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I love cream cheese frosting, too, and the combo sounds delightful.


Jodie June 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I’m with your guy- anything is better with cream cheese frosting. What a great idea!


Ingrid June 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I’m actually going to give this one a try and NOT put it off. :) I have to admit that unlike yourself and your BF I think cinnamon makes chocolate better though your idea of adding cream cheese frosting has me wondering.

Cute, you and em have the same little forks. :)


Clivia June 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Cream cheese icing – great addition! Your photos are lovely. Glad you enjoyed.


jillbert June 2, 2009 at 4:58 pm

What a cute fork! I missed this week, but I think the cream cheese frosting sounds like a great combo with the cinnamon.


Melissa June 2, 2009 at 6:37 pm

I like the idea of the cream cheese frosting! Yours looks fantastic!


Tracey June 2, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Thanks for baking with me this week! Your photos are gorgeous, as always! I came this close to frosting my cupcakes with cream cheese frosting but I got lazy at the last minute and just slathered the chocolate on there. I’ll probably try cream cheese frosting next time so I’m glad to hear it was good!


Rachel June 2, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Wow I bet the cream cheese frosting was delicious!


Lillian June 3, 2009 at 8:20 am

The chocolate frosting was great, but cream cheese sounds pretty good too. Your squares look lovely!


lasinthekitchen June 3, 2009 at 10:00 am

Wow, that's a great variation of the Cinnamon Squares! I love both chocolate and cream cheese frostings – yours looks soo tasty!


Cathy June 3, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Cream cheese frosting on a pickle – that sounds like one of my pregnancy cravings! Seriously, I can't even imagine how incredible this had to be with cream cheese frosting. I LOVE the cake part of this. Your pictures are incredible. Glad you enjoyed!


TeaLady June 3, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Great idea to use the cream cheese frosting. I didn't put frosting because I thot the chocolate would overpower the cake.

Looks good, jamie


talat June 7, 2009 at 3:45 am

It looks like it straight from a magazine cover. Qiick question: where did you get this cute little spoon? it's adorable

Jackie @


Teanna DiMicco June 8, 2009 at 9:42 am

With cream cheese frosting!?! That is brilliant!!!


Christina June 26, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Would you be so kind and post Tracey`s URL? I never visit her blog before, so I didn't know!

Many thanks!!!!


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