Caramel Snickerdoodle Cake

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So today, I’d like to say a few things about September 27th.

(Yes, I’m aware that today is the 26th. I just don’t want to talk about the 26th. I want to talk about the 27th.)

On September 27th, 1779, John Adams formally negotiated the Revolutionary War peace terms with Great Britain.

On September 27th, 1821, the Mexican Empire formally announced independence.

On September 27th, 1908, Henry Ford’s first Ford Model T automobile was leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

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On September 27th, 1919, the Democratic National Committee voted to allow female voters.

On September 27th, 1954 “The Tonight Show” first premiered, hosted by Steven Allen.

On September 27th, 1983, basketball legend Larry Bird signed a seven-year contract with the Boston Celtics worth $15 million. The contract made him the highest paid Celtic in history.

Then, on September 27th, 1989 (9:01 a.m. to be exact)…something else happened.

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A baby girl was delivered by C-section in a hospital on a remote Army base in Montana. She was me.

So yeah, guys: tomorrow (September 27th) will be my 25th birthday. I’ve officially hit the middle of my twenties-five years past twenty…and five years away from being thirty. Ouch. Why does just typing that out make me feel old?

Birthdays haven’t been very much of a big deal to me for years. I’ve never actually had a birthday party. Most of them have either been spent at home while my mom or grandma made me a special dinner and cake, or in more recent years, out for a celebratory dinner at a restaurant. Not much of a big deal, which is fine with me. I’m a self-proclaimed introvert and I my social life is very private. I don’t need much of a fuss.

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This year however, was special in that, this was the first time that I’ve ever made me and Jas our own birthday cake. I’ll admit, the blog was a huge factor in pushing me to make that decision. I usually don’t make very many cakes in our house, but for some reason I just felt a necessity to bake a  really good birthday cake for a post. So after running several different ideas by Jas, I finally settled on this cake as one.  We both were very impressed with the result. Despite the title, I wouldn’t say that the flavor mimics a snickerdoodle cookie perfectly- however, you get a lot of the cinnamon, earthy and rich flavors that remind you of autumn baked goods. The texture is very moist and soft, thanks to the sour cream.The icing really sends the whole dish over the top- it’s good enough to eat off a spoon, no joke.

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I’d like to give a small shout out to my twin sister Jas real quick:

We made it to 25 years, chick. Thanks for being a pretty awesome ‘womb-mate’ for nine months, and an even greater roommate for the last 25. It’s been a great ride. You’re not just my twin sister- you’re the person who knows me the most in the entire world- both the good and bad. Happy Birthday. You know I love you.


I’ll be taking this cake to this week’s Fiesta Friday #35, hosted by Angie@TheNoviceGardener and co-hosted this week by Prudy and Naina. Hope to see you all there 😉


Caramel Snickerdoodle Cake

Recipe Adapted from Gold Medal Flour



  • 1 and 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (5 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Cinnamon Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


1. Heat oven to 350°F.

2. Grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with shortening. In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the sugar and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture over inside of pan, turning to evenly coat. Shake out any excess.

3. In large bowl, mix remaining 1 3/4 cups sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, the flour, baking soda and salt.

4. Stir remaining evaporated milk, sour cream, melted butter, vanilla and eggs into dry ingredients until well blended. Pour batter in pan.

5. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 30 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

6. Combine all remaining ingredients. Add more powdered sugar or milk if need be to achieve correct consistency. Icing should be slightly thicker than a glaze, but not as thick as a frosting. Using offset spatula, spread icing over cooled cake. Allow to harden for about 30 minutes. Serve.

62 thoughts on “Caramel Snickerdoodle Cake

  1. Happy Birthday, Jess! Hope you and your sister will have a wonderful one filled with lots of delicious goodies and presents! Your caramel snickerdoodle cake looks so amazing. I’ve always loved snickerdoodle cookies, but I love that you made the cookie classic into a cake. I’m not much of a cake baker either, and by that I mean not at all because decorating is completely beyond me. lol. Hope you both have a wonderful birthday!

  2. Woo Hoo!! What a celebration! (& an awesome birthdate!) Happy Birthday & Happy Fiesta Friday! 🙂 Love this cake- sounds AMAZING- and perfect for fall. Have a great day tomorrow!!

  3. Happy 25th birthday! What a delicious looking cake, totally drool-worthy. And cute pictures of you and Jas. Yes, blogging has made me too bake more cakes for birthdays 😉

  4. A very happy birthday to you and Jas!! And that cake looks totally gorgeous! Wish you both a wonderful celebration and thank you so much for sharing this post and cake at this week’s fiesta 😀

  5. Happy Birthday to you Jess and your twin.. I stumbled upon your blog and loved what i saw here! You have a wonderful blog and i am sure going to spend time here drooling over the delicacies that you post 🙂

  6. Happy Happy Happy Birthday to both you and Jas, Lovey!! What a wonderful post…and I LOVE those photos. You and Jas are so beautiful… I hope your day was just as beautiful as you.
    I think you picked a perfect cake for your birthday… I mean, who doesn’t love snicker doodles? and the fact that you made that classic cookie into a cake? Brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing… I hope you know just how special you are to me, and how much I adore you… <3 Wishing you many many more… love you lots… Happy Fiesta Friday!! <3

  7. Happy Belated B-day Jess!! Oh, I love all your photos this week…the cake looks so moist and delicious and the pics with your sister are so adorable. I hope you and your sis have a blessed year this year!!

  8. Happy Belated Birthday, Jess! {to your sis, too!} A quarter of a century?? Wow…still so young. 😉
    Your cake looks delicious and the flavors sound wonderful. <3

    1. Haha, it’s weird Nancy, I don’t feel that young. All I can think about is how, now I’m 5 years away from 30- which is practically unbelievable to me lol

      Thank you 🙂

  9. I stumbled upon this recipe just by blind luck. I made this the same day and it was so delicious. I then tried your amazing Coffee Pound Cake…spectacular! Although I am an old lady, we must be kindred spirits because your all of your recipes appeal to me. Your recipes are unique which is pretty amazing on Pinterest. I look forward to trying many more. Thank you so much.

    1. I so appreciate your kind words Lisa. I’m glad you enjoyed the cakes and it means a lot to hear that my tiny little blog is special to someone, as it is such a HUGE community to choose from nowadays. Happy cooking & baking to you 🙂

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