Brown is a beautiful color. Or at least in can be. It can also be delicious.
Two of the most wonderful browns are chocolate and cinnamon. Not only do they make a beautiful contrast of color – one deep and dark, the other bold and vibrant – but the combination of sweet and spicy is divine. To see what I mean, try this easy recipe:
Cinnamon Mocha Cake
1 ½ cups unbleached flour
1 cup golden or brown sugar
3 tbsp. fair trade cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ cup light olive oil
¾ cup strong fair trade coffee
2 large free run or free range eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and make a well in the center. Add the remaining ingredients and mix by hand, stirring until the batter is smooth.
Pour the mixture into a greased and floured cake pan, and bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes. Use the toothpick test to check for doneness. For cupcakes, bake for 15-20 minutes.
Allow the cake to cool completely before turning it out of the pan. Top with frosting or pudding if desired.
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