Chocolate-Cinnamon Swirl Cake


Recipe passed to me a few months ago by an aunt. Make sure to use high quality cocoa for a richer flavor. This will keep well in a fridge and can be reheated in the microwave (covered loosely with a paper towel or napkin).

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
1 9x12-inch cake


Cinnamon Topping:

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 5 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips, or more to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x12-inch glass baking dish.

  2. Mix together sugar, cocoa powder, and cinnamon in a small bowl; set topping aside.

  3. Combine butter and cream cheese in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and mix until well blended. Mix in vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift in flour and baking powder and blend until thoroughly combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

  4. Pour 1/2 of the batter into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with 1/2 of the cinnamon topping. Spread remaining batter on top and sprinkle with remaining topping.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

493 Calories
27g Fat
60g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 493
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 16g 81%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 248mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 7g
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 129mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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