Intensely chocolatey with a hint of spice this soft, fudgy Cinnamon Chocolate Cake pairs so well with the piquant, mellow sweetness that is salted honey buttercream. This layer cake is hard to resist anytime of year but is so perfectly in tune with the cooler months.
I am a sucker for a layer cake. Especially when it involves chocolate and buttercream. So to celebrate my birthday a few weeks ago I baked this Cinnamon Chocolate Cake. It’s been on the cards for a while and I think I’ve shown remarkable restraint right through January by
impatiently waiting for February to roll around along with a good excuse to bake it.
Now the waiting is over I’m jumping straight in to the details, beginning with the Salted Honey Buttercream…. gasp.
Without a doubt, this is the finest buttercream I’ve ever made. Sweet it most definitely is, but it’s also mellow, thanks to the honey. And there’s a slight twang of saltiness to give it a savoury edge. Bundled up with the chocolate and cinnamon spice it is a grown-up topping that is sure please.
The actual Cinnamon Chocolate Cake teams it’s headline flavours up with dark muscovado sugar and buttermilk. The result is a dark, soft and fudgy sponge cake with an intense chocolate flavour and a hint of warming spice.
It pairs with the salty-sweet buttercream perfectly.
This Cinnamon Chocolate Cake is a marvellous option for winter bakes. All of the flavours it includes are homely, comforting and deeply enticing. Cut yourself a slice and snuggle up with a cosy blanket, a mug of steaming tea and a good book.
Just a quick word of warning about muscovado sugar. It has an annoying tendency to harden and form lumps when stored. Do make sure you remove any clumps of sugar. If you leave those lumps in, your sponge cake will be prone to sugary holes (but it will still taste amazing). The Kitchn has some good advice for dealing with these lumps – I went with apple slices in the container and it worked well.
Now go enjoy this Cinnamon Chocolate Cake smothered in salted honey buttercream before the weather warms up.