This year I am had Thanksgiving dinner with David’s family and consequently they have two birthday’s fall around Thanksgiving. So instead of the normal Thanksgiving pies I decided to try to make a Thanksgiving Birthday Cake. I wanted a flavor that would go with the normal Thanksgiving desserts and found a recipe for a cinnamon swirl cake on Cake Central. The thought of a cake that tastes like a big cinnamon roll sounded delicious to me and it used a cake mix as the base which always makes thing easier! I decided to pair it with a cream cheese and brown sugar frosting I found on about.com. I wanted a really simple recipe that would let the cream cheese flavor stand out and this one fit the bill. This ended up being one of my favorite cake recipes and was a hit at Thanksgiving. It really did taste like a cinnobon cinnamon roll! Below is the recipe for the cinnamon swirl cake.
– 1 box yellow cake mix
– 1 sm. box instant vanilla pudding
– 1 c. water
– 1 c. vegetable oil
– 4 eggs
– 2 tbsp cinnamon
– 6 tbsp brown sugar
1. Mix first four ingredients.
2. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well with electric mixer.
3. Pour 1/2 batter in pan.
4. Meanwhile mix cinnamon and brown sugar together. Sprinkle half over half the batter in pan. Add rest of cake dough, sprinkle rest of sugar mixture on top, swirl the dough with a knife.
5. Put in 350 degree oven. Bake 45 minutes. Do not open the door until 45 minutes is up. It took 45 minutes for a 10″ round and probably 60 minutes if you are doing a 9″ round.
And here is the recipe for the Cream Cheese Brown Sugar Frosting. I doubled it for a 4 layer 10″ round cake.
– 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
– 8 oz cream cheese, softened
– 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 2 to 4 tablespoons milk
– 4 to 6 cups powdered sugar, depending on desired consistency
1. Cream the butter and cream cheese together in an electric mixer. (Be sure that the two are at room temperature. Cold cream cheese or butter can make your frosting lumpy.)
2. Add the brown sugar and vanilla extract, and beat for about 2 minutes.
3. Turn off mixer and add 2 cups of powdered sugar. Turn the mixer on a low speed so the sugar doesn’t fly out of the bowl. Slowly add more sugar alternate with the milk.
Once my cake was torted and filled it looked like this. Stay tuned for my Thanksgiving/Birthday Cake Decorations!