Cinnamon sugar swirled cake layers with cinnamon sugar buttercream and cinnamon chip ganache.
Can I just say, yay for March! Seriously, you guys, I’m so glad February is over. It was one of the busiest months I’ve had in a long time. With all the work travel I was doing and the amount of cake I was baking, it felt a bit overwhelming at times (well, in all honesty, a lot of the time). It was just a little more than I usually pack into a typical four-week period of my life. But, all the travel went smoothly and the cakes turned out great, and at the end of it all, I had an amazing girls’ weekend in Santa Ynez, California to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of my best friend of almost 20 years.
As part of an incredible bachelorette weekend (one that included a gorgeous rental property, a private chef for a night, wine tasting, and lot of laughter and lasting memories), I created a couple new cakes, including this churro cake.
Knowing the chef would be cooking Mexican food for our first night, it seemed like the obvious choice to create Mexican-inspired cakes for dessert. Mandy isn’t the chocolate lover I am (I’m not even sure how we became best friends 😉), so I decided on a churro-inspired cake for the bride-to-be and a Mexican hot chocolate cake – because there should always be a chocolate cake around.
I looked at a few recipes to get some ideas for the churro cake and was actually drawn to the French Toast Cake from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. I thought the basics of her cake would be perfect to work off of. Her original recipe actually has maple syrup in the cake, frosting and ganache, but I took that out for this cake. (I will, however, have to make her version at some point because you can’t go wrong with a maple flavoring. It just wasn’t the flavor I wanted in this cake.)
I loved the flavor and texture of this cake – it’s similar to a butter cake with a denser (but moist) texture and then there’s an added sweetness to it from the swirls of brown sugar and cinnamon that have been baked into the cake. And then let’s talk about the cinnamon chip ganache! That was pure genius!
This was my first visit to the Santa Ynez Valley and I completely fell in love. I mean, how could you not?
Such a memorable weekend, celebrating this bride-to-be! And this cake was definitely one of the highlights, if I do say so myself 😉