Mocha Cinnamon Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

28 Aug


This cake was made due to boredom.  It was a Friday night with no plans and I was staring at the computer screen, trying to come up with a good cliffhanger for my novel. After about twenty minutes of writers block, my mind started to wander.  So, then I started to procrastinate. Looking around the Internet, I stumbled upon a recipe for a one bowl chocolate cake and then a cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Jumping from my seat, I ran into the kitchen to make the recipe.  To be honest though, the cake sat in the fridge for two days before I frosted it. There are to many shiny things in this world to district me. But when I did make the frosting and assemble the cake, wowza! It’s a keeper. Enjoy!

Serves 12



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 2 eggs


  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon sugar for topping


Cake: Pre-heat oven to 350 degree’s F. Grease two 8 inch cake pans, line with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients. Create a well in the center and add in the cup of milk through the vanilla extract. Mix until fully incorporated and then add in the coffee. Pour into the two 8 inch greased pans. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Place all the ingredients in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until well combined.

*****If you want to learn how to frost a cake, this video does a much better job explaining then I can.  

Adapted from here and here


3 Responses to “Mocha Cinnamon Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Mama's Gotta Bake August 28, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Oh yum!

  2. Bryonie Carolan September 3, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    This looks really delicious, I’m definitely going to try and make it! xx

  3. allyoudoiseat September 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    YUM! Great recipe – thanks!!

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