Friday, August 31, 2012

Piper's Birthday Cake: Cinnamon Cake with Cream Cheese and Pear Frosting

This cinnamon cake with cream cheese and pear frosting was Piper's birthday cake.  It was very good.  Almost like a coffee cake - it would have been a wonderful breakfast treat.  Really easy too.  I used angry chicken's Friday Cake recipe as our starting point.

Cadence helped me make the batter.  Actually, it felt like all I did was gather the proper ingredients and read the recipe.

 The frosting was an experiment and I'm so glad it turned out well!  All you need is cream cheese and pear preserves.

Into the mixer!

I just whirred up the cream cheese and pear preserves on high speed until the preserves were pretty well incorporated.  If I had chopped up the pear pieces in advance it would have gone faster, but this was less work for me.

When the cake was cool, I just spread on the batter, then sprinkled it with some cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar.  I really liked that this cake was dense, and the cinnamon flavor was lovely.  I also loved that the frosting was not too sweet.  A good birthday cake for a one year old.

Cinnamon Cake
(adapted from angry chicken's Friday Cake recipe)

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix it all up in a bowl and pour into a small round cake pan.  (I think we may have used a glass pie pan - it worked too.)  Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool then frost with...

Cream Cheese and Pear Frosting

  • 4 oz. (half a package) cream cheese, softened (I almost always use reduced fat)
  • 1/2 cup pear preserves
Whiz the cream cheese and pear preserves in a stand mixer on high speed until pieces are broken up and texture looks good to you.  

I think we'll try this cake again (possibly for Cadence's upcoming b-day).  For her, I'd sub cocoa powder for the whole wheat flour and strawberry jelly for the pear preserves.

Here's Piper enjoying her slice.

I think it's safe to say it was a hit, since she's shoving it into her mouth.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yummy sounding cake and the proof is in baby girl's face!