Easy Chocolate Cake with Almonds and Cinnamon

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Feed a crowd easily with this Easy Chocolate Cake studded with almonds and scented with cinnamon. It comes together quicker than a mix cake and tastes amazing!

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You want to know how to be the hit of the party at your next potluck event? Take this cake. Seriously. It takes less than half an hour to make — from start to frosted. It’s full of chocolate, almond, cinnamon-y flavor. It’s smacks of fudge and decadence, but because the cake itself is pretty thin, you won’t easily overindulge.

I baked this cake for a group of moms and kids recently. It is a huge cake, filling my biggest sheet pan. I came home with an empty pan — a clean, empty pan because my friend Rachel is cool like that.

Pro tip: moms should eat their cake BEFORE they call the children inside to get theirs. Just in case you didn’t know that. Remember that! 😉

I first met this recipe when I edited a fundraising cookbook for a pregnancy help center in Santa Barbara. The recipe contributor called it 29-minute Cake. It really is fast. I haven’t actually timed myself making it, but it’s on my list of quick desserts. I mean, the cake itself bakes in 10 to 11 minutes. Brilliant.

Another bonus? You don’t have to cool the cake before you frost it. In fact, the icing is hot and you pour it onto the hot cake, spread it fast so it doesn’t clump — it cools quickly — and then walk away.

Or just dig in. It’s so good, you’ll won’t want to wait.

I’ve embellished the original recipe with almond extract and toasted, slivered almonds. I also slipped in some ground cinnamon because I love the cinnamon and chocolate combination.

Easy Chocolate Cake with Almonds and Cinnamon | Good Cheap Eats

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Alice E says:

    Yummy, I like the idea of the cinnamon. But I do think you mean ‘boil’ not bowl in instruction # 3.

    • Janel Piersma says:

      Thanks for catching that! It is fixed. 🙂

  2. Kirstin says:

    It looks great. I guess it’s the almond version of Texas sheet cake.

  3. Sandi says:

    3 whole sticks of butter in one cake… did Pioneer Woman submit that original recipe? It does sound quick and easy but golly.

    • Haha! I don’t have too many of those recipes around here. In my defense, it feeds a lot. And most buttercream frosting has a cup of butter anyway….

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