I haven’t been able to update my blog lately. I know, as most would put it, a cliché of an excuse — I am too busy. Not too busy to take photographs of what I baked, but too busy to narrate and put into words how it tasted, how it looked or how I made it.
Now here I am, starting of with this entry, the first of three entries that I will be making to cover the past 3 weeks of my 52 Weeks of Cake Challenge.
Week 6 started my quest on finding for the best recipe to make into a loaf cake since the holidays is slowly inching its way. And what would be the best gift to give than something you made that is totally edible right? Yup. I made a lot of research and took a lot of recipes to make and unfortunately, I was only able to make 2 of those to date. So I have a lot of work to do…
Remember how I professed my love with cinnamon? Well, this is the ultimate profession of love for this spice. I saw this recipe which makes the most cinnamon-y tasting cake! And yes, it lived up to its name — Cinnamon Loaf Cake.
The recipe was incredibly simple to make and great for breakfast. And if you are a cinnamon lover like me, you definitely have to try this! The combination of the soft, tender cake with the crunchy top because of the caramelization of the sugar makes a wonderful mix of textures in every bite. And the raisins add another dimension both to the flavor profile and to the texture as well. The best experience is the waft of cinnamon in the air as it bakes in the oven! It is just heavenly! And you thought cinnamon is just a spice. There are instances that the smallest thing can be the most significant. And in this cake, the cinnamon was the star.
Cinnamon Loaf Cake
Adapted from Hanna Trafford
1/4 Cup of Shortening or Butter
Cream shortening or butter with sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, beating until fluffy.
Mix your dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then add them alternately with milk to creamed butter and sugar.
Put half of the mixture into loaf pan that you have greased with butter and lightly floured to prevent sticking.
Sprinkle about 1/2 the topping over the batter.
Add rest of the mixture on top and swirl through with a spoon or a butter knife.
Sprinkle with vanilla sugar if desired
Alternatively, you can put all the cinnamon.brown sugar in after the first half of batter, top with remaining batter and swirl with a spoon of butter knife.
Bake at 350 F for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Cool for about 10-15 minutes in the pan, then invert onto a rack and cool.