Cinnaminny Goodness

Lets get business out of the way first, shall we?

I'm hosting this month's potato ho-down on August 20th. All entries need to be in by the 17th of August. Also, Cathy and I want to clarify one thing. Please make sure all potato ho-down entries are no older than one month from the previous ho-down entries. For example; for this month's event we will accept entries dated on your blog from July 17, 2008 to August 20, 2008. If you don't have a picture or a blog you can still participate. Just email me (evilchefmom @ aol.com) the same info below and I will make sure to include you in all the fun.

Rules and all that other legal stuff:

-Your name (how you want it to appear on post)
-Your Ho name (first pet's name + middle name)
-Your blog's name (if you have one)
-Your post URL
-Name of your dish
-A very short description of your recipe that will appear in the roundup
-Attach a 575 pixels wide photo of your final dish

Send entries to evilchefmom @ aol.com. Also you can find the information here.

All right, I wanted to clear something up for any new readers. The last post about the flea soup was a little confusing if you haven't been a long time reader of my blog.

If you have kids, you have had the dreaded question come up..."Hey Mom, what's for dinner?" When I was a little kid when we (4 kids) asked what was for dinner, my dad liked to gross us out by saying thing like 'snake eyes and gopher guts' or 'bbq baboon butt.' which quickly shut us all up. Like father, like daughter... anytime any of my kids ask me what's for dinner, by law I'm required to say something to gross them out, hence Nancy's answer of flea soup.

Click here for some other what's for dinner answers.

Everyone of the blogs I have listed on my sidebar, I read everyday. I might not comment but I do read. It's funny how on these blogs you think you have finally found your long lost twin, for whatever reason. I know of four people on my blog roll that I would totally get along in person. Either because they like the same books, blogs, or most importantly food. Grace of A Southern Grace is one of those people. Loves Mexican food, the spicier the better, and loves cinnamon. Matter of fact she just posted a recipe a while back called Just How Much Cinnamon Can One Mouth Handle? I took that as a double dog dare ya'.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 large eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* I also added some freshly grated nutmeg because what's cinnamon without the nutmeg. It's like John without Paul. It's porkchops without applesauce. It's peas without carrots. It's just not done!

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F. *Butter and flour two 9-inch cake pans. Sift first 4 ingredients into small bowl. Stir milk and butter in small saucepan over low heat just until butter melts; set aside.Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar in large bowl until thick enough for batter to fall in heavy ribbon when beaters are lifted, about 5 minutes. Beat in orange peel and vanilla. Add flour mixture; beat just until blended. Add warm milk mixture; beat just until blended. Divide batter between prepared pans.Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean and cakes begin to pull away from sides of pans, about 24 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on racks 20 minutes. Cut around pan sides and turn cakes out onto racks. Turn cakes right side up.For frosting, mix the butter and cream cheese together with an electric mixer until very smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing. Add the vanilla extract and cinnamon and mix. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Keep adding until you get to desired sweetness. Spread one cup of frosting onto first layer. Top with second layer. Smooth the rest of the frosting onto the top and sides.

*I baked mine in a sheet pan, then used a square cookie cutter to make mini layered cakes because I'm turning into a mini cake freak. First, Katie's sweet 16 birthday cakes and now this.

Holy Cow, this is a good cake. I knew there was a reason I liked Grace.


Mental P Mama said...

Yummy. I prefer cinnamon to fleas. And I guess I am stupid. And old.

Krysta said...

*mpm... not old or stupid either! i never really told everybody why i do what's for dinner? so it was good that you asked for an explantion!

noble pig said...

When I saw that cake over at grace's I too was like OMG...I love the idea of the mini cake too...I think I need to make it too.

cook eat FRET said...

ok - i love your blog
but you are so very prolific and i have a problem with this
i wanna know how you do it
with all those kids
and, me?
i can't get in one a week these days

quite frankly you're making me look bad

Chefectomy said...

Perhaps a dusting of cocoa on top to replicate fleas? I actually think I would be scared to ask you what is for dinner. Great blog...

ntsc said...

It is good to know somebody out there is reading.

Since I don't have high speed at home, yet, I don't tend to do more than comment on weekends. I post my wife's blog early in the week and mine as the spirit moves.

I do look at the this blog and at least two of the other commenters daily.

QueenofPlanetHotflash said...

I put on 3 lbs just looking at the pic...

me again said...

I am a cinnamon ho. Really. If you go to http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/results.html you'll see four different kinds of cinnamon (korintje, chinese cassia, extra fancy vietnamese cassia and ceylon) and I have them all. I couldn't help myself. Hos are like that. I am SO making this cake. I just have to figure out which cinnamon to use........

Mayberry Magpie said...

Ooooooooh I love cinnamon too. In fact, just last night I was thinking about these cinnamon flavored tooth picks I used to chew on as a young girl. Does anybody else remember Hot Picks?

Mayberry Magpie

P.S. Love the cake! Will try it.

Grace said...

of course we'd get along! :)
thanks for your kind words and for being a true reader. i'm thrilled that i was able to help cinnaminny goodness fill your home, and i love the notion of turning it into mini cakes. :)

Krysta said...

* magpie... there's a place about 45 minutes from my house that sells cinnamon toothpicks. next time i'm there i'll buy you a couple packs and send them your way! i love hot picks.

melissa said...

Everyone of the blogs I have listed on my sidebar, I read everyday. I might not comment but I do read. It's funny how on these blogs you think you have finally found your long lost twin, for whatever reason. I know of four people on my blog roll that I would totally get along in person.

I identify with every word of that.

Also, thank god I'm not the only one! I visit all my blog links every day, sometimes twice. Right click, open in new tab, move down a half inch, right click, open in new tab... repeatrepeatrepeat. In your case, since you're linked on both my blogs, that means I might click you 4 times a day without even thinking about it. I'm rather methodical like that. I don't always comment either, but I always look.

sister #2 said...

I am so making this tomorrow.


jack's utter lack of surprise said...

oh baby. i love cinnamon.

MrOrph said...


I was looking forward to the flea recipe but THIS is much better.

I think I cam coax (read: coerce) the house baker to whip this up.

White On Rice Couple said...

Grace is great, and if this cake is a reflection of her, I love her already.

I'll make sure to put the date on our list. I wanna ho-down with everyone too!

Cheryl said...

That is too funny, my dad used to do the same thing! I love it. That cake looks super duper too! pardon me I am a dork!

Familia said...

oh yum! but if i make it for the friends who have just had the babies, will their milk get too cinnamon-y? dilemma, dilemma!

Magpie said...

that sounds great.

Passionate About Baking said...

O what fun it is to be here...I connect to all you say completely!! Love the cake ...what's cinnamon without nutmeg...yum yum yum!! I have used amazing tbsps of cinnamon this summer...each crisp, crumble or galette has been loaded. And it tastes GOOD!!

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