A late night excursion to Tampa's Three Coins Diner got me thinking. How about a recipe for cinnamon bread with ice cream on top. It worked at the diner when I dipped smothered ice cream on my bread and created, as Elizabeth put it, an "ice cream sandwich." Eventually the idea morphed into a cinnamon cake with ice cream (much to J-Fur's chagrin as she wants an actual homemade ice cream sandwich).
Cinnamon Cake with Ice Cream (adapted from a Jonathan Olson recipe)
for the cake:
-1 cup sugar
-2 cups flour
-1 Tbsp. baking soda
-1 cup milk
-2 Tbsp. butter, melted
-1/2 tsp vanilla
for the topping:
-1/2 stick butter, melted
-1/4 cup sugar
-1 tsp. cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine all the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and pour in milk, butter and vanilla. Mix until moist.
3. Spread the batter in a greased square pan. Bake 25 minutes.
4. Combine cinnamon and sugar for the topping.
5. Drizzle melted butter over the hot cake. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake for ten more minutes.
6. Cut into slices and top with ice cream.
*The cake wound up slightly dry. Next time I would put the batter into a rectangular pan instead of a square one and decrease the baking time by a few minutes. Cake is done when a fork comes out clean.
Perfect for a cake covered with ice cream and cinnamon is the recent releases by Golden Ages and Neon Hitch. Both covers, one of an 80's classic the other of a Snoop Dogg hit, with a unique taste. I would've included at least one, probably the Golden Ages song, on my yet to be released September playlist but that felt like cheating.
Something that isn't a cover but goes with cinnamon cake just the same is Marthas & Arthurs "Sally Started It All." You can download the non-acoustic version for free, here. Below is an acoustic take on the song.