Cinnamon Chocolate Sheet Cake

Chocolaty with just a hint of spicy cinnamon, this cake ranked as a finalist in our Grandkids' Favorite Recipes Contest.

By Margaret P. of Morganton, N.C.

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Editor's Note: Do you enjoy chocolate with just a hint of spice? If so, this cake is for you. It's the cinnamon that makes it "very yummy and unique," says Margaret P. of Morganton, N.C.:

"It's a chocolate sheet cake that has just a touch of cinnamon in the frosting. It's my daughter's favorite cake, and at 44 years old, she still asks for it for her birthday. My grandchildren love it too, and I find myself baking this dessert for their birthdays as well. It's become one of our family's favorite desserts to share with one another."

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the cake:
2 sticks butter, plus more for the pan
1 cup water
3 tablespoons cocoa
2 cups sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the frosting:
1 stick butter
3 tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 box confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Nuts, chopped (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Mix butter, water, and cocoa in saucepan and heat over low heat until butter melts.

3. Add sugar, flour, and well-beaten eggs to pot; mix. Add buttermilk and vanilla; mix well.

4. Pour mixture into a buttered, average-size sheet pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

5. Prepare frosting about 5 minutes before cake is done baking. Combine butter, cocoa, and evaporated milk in pot and cook over low heat until butter melts (do not boil!).

6. Remove from heat and add confectioners' sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla, and nuts if desired. Pour mixture over hot cake. Let cake cool before serving.

Serves 20

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