Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cake with Mascarpone Frosting
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Decadent ultra moist Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cake with Mascarpone Frosting. Our top cake this season!
Obviously if I deem a recipe “blog-worthy” and share it on A Spicy Perspective, I think it’s pretty exceptional.
But this cake. THIS CAKE. Is utterly, devilishly, outlandishly divine!
In fact, it is absolutely my current favorite cake here on ASP, with this one as a close second.
If you plan on making one cake this holiday season… Guys, this is the cake.
The story behind my Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cake with Mascarpone Frosting is not that exciting. But trust me, not everything wonderful has to come from sensationalized beginnings.
I usually sneak a coffee once a week when I go the the grocery store. This is not my only coffee of the week, but it’s the one cup loaded with sugar, flavor syrups, and cream.
A few weeks ago I decided to treat myself to a Cinnamon Dolce Latte from the grocery store Starbucks. As I was sipping my hot latte and perusing the cheese section, my eyes scanned over the mascarpone cheese.
In an instant, I let out a gasp loud enough to turn heads as I made a mental connection that mascarpone cheese and Cinnamon Dolce Lattes belonged together… Preferably in cake.
That’s it. I came home and started testing recipes until this little beauty came into being.
Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cake with Mascarpone Frosting is my pride and joy this season. Everyone that was fortunate enough to have a taste at my house, swooned in momentary ecstasy.
It offers just enough cinnamon, cream, and espresso flavor without being overpowering. The texture is ridiculously silky with a fine tender crumb.
In fact, this cake is so delicate you must place parchment paper circles in the bottom of each cake pan to flip the cakes out in one piece.
And the frosting?
Two words… Spreadable debauchery.
We think Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cake with Mascarpone Frosting needs to make an appearance at your house this holiday season.
Fancify the cake by adding plastic christmas tree cake toppers for a look that matches its festive flavor!
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Looking for a lighter mascarpone treat? Try this Low Carb Mascarpone Mousse with Roasted Strawberries!
Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cake with Mascarpone Frosting
For the Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cake:
- 3 cups cake flour, or 2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour + 1/3 cup corn starch
- 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the Mascarpone Frosting:
- 16 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 6-8 cups powdered sugar
- Pinch salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 9-inch round cake pans and cut parchment paper circles to fit down in the bottom of each pan. Flatten the circles in the bottom of the pans to remove air bubbles.
- Mix the cake flour, espresso powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together on high until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Scrape the bowl and beat on low, adding in the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Slowly add in the flour mixture. Scrape the bowl again and beat until well combined.
- Pour the cake batter evenly into the three prepared pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Then gently flip onto cooling racks and peel off the parchment paper.
- Once the cakes cool to room temperature, move on to the frosting. With an electric mixer, beat the mascarpone cheese and cream together until smooth. Add the salt. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until the frosting is firm enough to spread and set.
- Gently flip one cake layer onto a cake plate. Add one-quarter of the frosting and spread to the edges. Flip the second cake onto the first layer. Spread one-quarter of the frosting over the second cake. Repeat with the last cake layer and the remaining one-half of the frosting. Allow the frosting to hang over the edges (like snow) with exposed edges, or smooth the frosting down over the sides for a rustic finish. Refrigerate to set the frosting. Then cover and keep refrigerated.
- When ready to serve, let the cake sit out at room temperature for at least one hour. Decorate the top with plastic trees and sprinkle powdered sugar snow over the top.
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This cake recipe looks lovely!
Could I use wholewheat flour or gluten free flour for the cake? What could I replace corn starch with?
Can you put it in a 9 x 13
Yes, definitely! It may need longer to bake in a 3 quart dish… maybe 30-35 minutes.
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How much espresso powder? I see it in the instructions, but not listed in the actual recipe so I’m not sure how much to use!
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How many cupcakes would you think this would make? I’m making several different flavors for a church celebration at our church, With vanilla and chocolate and needed another option, this seems perfect!
Thanks for sharing! Can this cake be made ahead for Christmas? If so, how would you recommend storing it to preserve flavors and texture?
You can make it 3-4 days ahead, and leave out at room temperature well covered. You can also make it further ahead and freeze it. Just make sure to wrap it very well. Happy Baking!
I came here looking for some surprise cakes this Christmas, and I found the one for my kids.
Thanks for sharing :)
Can the instant espresso be replaced by Nescafé? I’ve been trying to find a recipe for a cinnamon cake and I hope this is it, it looks delicious. I think I’ll do it tomorrow!
Absolutely! Let me know hoe it turns out. Happy Baking!! :)
So I baked this cake before Christmas and it is absolutely fantastic (I used nescafé and it turned out delicious). My siblings and my mom (and I) love cinnamon so this is a fantastic cake for us. The only thing was that I only used 3 cups of powdered sugar for the frosting, I think 6 is too much and besides it hardened so I could easily frost the cake. My brother loved it so much that he asked me to bake another one and leave it as as his birthday present (I live in another town) and I must say the cake did not last 3 days, he almost ate it all by himself lol.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Now is one of my favorites. I found instant espresso, I shall try that one and let you know the difference of taste once I do.
Thanks for reporting back. I’m so glad everyone liked it – What a great story! :)
I have no words, this cake is so beatiful!
Beautiful holiday cake Sommer!!!
Such an adorable cake! What an impression it would make this holiday season!
What a beautiful recipe!!! Gonnna try this!! Can i half the recipe though? I don’t want a big big cake haha :)
What a lovely cake! Love the mascarpone frosting and those tiny trees :)!
Such a fun and festive flavored cake! Love.
What a cute cake!! I love the flavors!
This looks absolutely amazing! Perfect for the holidays but really any time.
This sounds fantastic! So pretty too!!