Cinnamon Chocolate Cake with Pecan Icing

    1 hour 5 minutes

    I make this cake often because it is easy and fast and tastes delicious, especially if you like cinnamon!

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    Serves: 24 

    • 2 cups (400g) white sugar
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 125g butter
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 125g butter
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) milk
    • 4 cups (480g) icing sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 cup chopped pecans

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Grease and flour one 20x30cm pan.
    2. Sift 2 cups white sugar and 2 cups flour together; set aside.
    3. In a saucepan; combine 125g butter or margarine, oil, water and 1/4 cup cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil, remove from heat and add to dry ingredients.
    4. Dissolve bicarb soda in buttermilk; add with eggs, salt, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla to cocoa and flour mixture and stir well.
    5. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
    6. To Make Icing: Five minutes before cake is done combine 125g butter, 1/4 cup cocoa and 1/4 cup (65ml) milk in saucepan and bring to a boil.
    7. Remove from heat and stir in icing sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and chopped pecans. Pour icing over hot cake. Cake remains moist and may be frozen. Serves 20.

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    I've been making this same cake for years! Actually, instead of the oil, I use another stick of butter. Yikes! Three sticks in one cake!!! Anyway, I have been asked to make this cake MANY, MANY times over the years. I have even been paid to make this cake. My mother-in-law has dreams about it, and hoards it when I make it. I got the recipe from a friend about twenty years ago (when I was in Jr. High School!), and she called it Candy Cake because the icing is like eating fudge. I highly recommend poking lots of holes in the cake just before you pour the hot icing over the hot cake. I use a thick wooden skewer to do this. If I didn't have one, then I use the back of my beater from my hand-mixer. This makes it unbelievably moist and heaven-filled! I used to get asked to make the birthday cake for all the birthdays in my office, and my co-workers even asked if I would make this cake for my own birthday. It is a definite winner. Don't look any further, this is THE chocolate cake! Oh, and candacemarie, my name is also Candice Marie and I go by Candi, too. People think the cake is named after me (since we call it Candy Cake). lol  -  24 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Well i was looking for a chocolate cake recipe, so i tried this one. I followed the recipe almost exactly but cut the cinnamon to half the amount. Even with that the cinnamon almost over powered it. I wanted a basic chocolate cake, not a cinnamon chocolate cake. Also, it wasn't very chocolaty. Because of that i give it 3 stars. Now since then i stopped using cinnamon and use a bit more than 1/4 cup of cocoa. The cake is very good and very moist. A good recipe to build off of. Also i did not like the frosting, way to sugary.  -  13 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is an AWESOME recipe!!!! The ingredient list is long, but it is very easy to make and clean up is simple. HINT: I didn't want a rectangle cake so I poured the batter into 2 9inch pans. It turned out great. Perfect for layers!!! For big layers- double recipe!!! (It also slipped out of the pan with no mess!!!!)  -  01 Jul 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)