If they look like cake and taste like cake, they must be cake, right? Well, not necessarily! The recipe calls them “bars”, so I will, too. Although I must admit I expected them to be more chewy, like brownies. Once I got past the unexpected texture of these cake/bars I really loved the flavor. It was the promise of chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon all blended together that drew me to making them in the first place.
The word cappuccino comes from the Italian “capuchin”, a monk who wore dark brown robes; since the color of coffee frothed with chocolate and cinnamon resembles the color of the monk’s robe, the drink became known as cappuccino.
Beside the flavor combination of this recipe, I liked the idea of using a cake mix as the basis for the recipe. I see nothing wrong with using a good quality cake mix to get a jump start on a recipe if the end result is especially note-worthy. I think this recipe meets that criteria. I also liked baking them in a 13 x 9 ” pan, –and I have one with a cover–so I could carry them easily to a picnic where everyone thought they were delicious. Not exactly patriotic in color, I decorated the tops with “stars and stripes” sprinkles and a little flag to dress them up for the Memorial Day holiday.
Yield: about 28 bars, more if you cut them smaller.
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted or vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup each packed brown sugar and water
- 1 Tablespoon each ground cinnamon and vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 package (18.25 oz.) chocolate cake mix. ( I used Devil’s Food)
1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 – inch baking pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except the cake mix. Mis well to combine. Stir in cake mix. and beat to incorporate well.. Batter will be thick.
3. Spread into prepared pan and bake at 350* for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
4. Frost or decorate the top as desired. A drizzle of melted white or dark chocolate is nice, or frost lightly with frosting of your choice. My version is frosted with butter cream and decorated with sprinkles.
These are not heavy, chewy bars, but instead are light and airy with a complex flavor that will have people asking, “what is that flavor?”
SOURCE: Baking at Home; Bars, Cakes and Cookies