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Naked Cinnamon cake with Milktart Buttercream

November 24, 2016


I often collect loads and loads of recipes in the hopes that I will one day get to make all the delicious things in them, but the truth is I only get to bake every now and then because time is just not on my side. If I could, I would bake all the time, literally! Baking makes me so happy because you get to make something with your own two hands that you then get to shove in your mouth afterward.

I was perusing The Pretty Blog when I came across a recipe for a Naked Cinnamon cake with Milktart Buttercream icing which not only sounded amazing but looked amazing too. This recipe instantly moved to the top of my list because of these two words – cinnamon and milktart, need I say more?

We were going for lunch to a friend’s house so I decided to try my hand at this cake and I was pretty pleased with the results. The icing was some of the most delicious stuff I have ever used a giant spoon to scrape out a bowl and into my mouth. It’s a combination of homemade custard and buttercream and is so smooth and velvety it’ll make you want to hide in a cupboard so you can eat the whole lot by yourself.

The cake itself was quite dense, which is not a bad thing it’s just that I prefer light and fluffy sponge, but it still tasted really good and that together with the ‘The World’s Most Addictive Frosting’ makes for a great cake!

The recipe comes from the Ilse van der Merwe’s granny, who I think is a genius for combining these two things.


Below you will find the recipe, next time around though I’m going to bake it for slightly less time that I did, as I found the sponge slightly dry and I’m going to make it a 3-layer cake instead of a 4-layer one so that there is more icing to go around because it is honestly the best part.



Thanks Ilse and The Pretty Blog for introducing this cake into my life. I appreciate it!


  • 500ml Milk
  • 200g Butter
  • 560g (4 cups) Cake flour
  • 30ml Baking powder
  • 20ml Ground cinnamon
  • 2,5ml Salt
  • 8 XL eggs
  • 500g (2,5 cups) Light muscovado sugar – *I didn’t have muscovado sugar so I substituted it with 2,5 cups of white sugar mixed with just over 2 tablespoons of molasses.
  • 10ml Vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C and line two 20cm cake tins with grease-proof paper.
  2. Heat milk and butter together until the butter has completely melted – do not boil, then set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together, then set aside.
  4. Place the eggs and sugar in another large mixing bowl and with an electric beater whisk the eggs and sugar until light and creamy. Add the sifted dry ingredients and fold in until just mixed. Now add the warm milk mixture and vanilla – fold it in until it’s just mixed.
  5. Pour the mixture evenly into the two tins, making sure that they both have the same quantity. Bake for about 35 minutes (I’m going to check it at 30 minutes next time) or until an inserted skewers comes out clean. Turn the cakes out carefully on wire racks to cool completely.
  6. In the meantime, make the custard.

Milk Tart Custard:


  • 500ml Milk
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 80ml Sugar
  • 90ml Corn flour
  • 1 XL egg yolk


  1. Place 350ml of the milk in a small saucepan with the butter and sugar. Heat until warm but not boiling.
  2. In the meantime, mix the remaining milk with the corn flour and egg yolk until well combined.
  3. When the milk and butter mixture starts to steam, add it to the corn flour mixture and stir well.
  4. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat until thick and glossy.
  5. Remove from the heat, then leave to cool completely.

For the buttercream:


  • 250g Soft butter
  • 2 Cups icing sugar
  • 5ml Vanilla extract
  • 1 Quantity milk tart mixture (see above)
  • Ground cinnamon, for sprinkling


  1. Use electric beaters to cream the butter until it is light and creamy.
  2. Sift the icing sugar over the creamed butter, then add the vanilla and continue to whisk until it is very light and fluffy.
  3. Add the cooled milk tart mixture, half a cup at a time, until it is fully incorporated and airy like a mousse.

To assemble:

  1. Slice the round tops off of the two cakes. Slice each cake in half horizontally. Now you’ll have four thinner layers.
  2. Place one layer on a serving plate, then top with a large dollop of icing sugar. Spread out evenly, repeat until all four layers are on top of each other – check from the side that your cake is not lopsided.
  3. Spread the remaining icing over the sides and the top, scraping the sides carefully with a dough scraper or icing scraper to achieve a “naked” effect.
  4. Flatten the top neatly and dust with a little ground cinnamon.




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  • Reply Leather Bags November 24, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I love cake…

    • Reply angie November 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Hhaha me too! 🙂

  • Reply Yolandi North November 29, 2016 at 11:27 am

    When I saw this recipe on Sunday, I had to make it immediately. It was super delicious & scoffed before I could take a decent pic. 🙂 Yay for Milk Tart & Cake in one!

  • Reply Claire November 29, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Totally the most incredible cake Inhave ever made. I actually feel rather accomplished right now, lol! I baked mine for 29 mins and it cake out super moist. Absolutely blown away by this recipe!

  • Reply Shirley September 25, 2017 at 8:37 am

    How have I only stumbled across your blog now! Cake is my favourite thing to make and eat

    • Reply angie October 5, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Glad you found me 🙂 There is a new cake recipe coming tomorrow 🙂

  • Reply Hot Chocolate Cake - Lucky PonyLucky Pony April 23, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    […] Here are a couple of other recipes I’ve tried if you don’t feel like chocolate – Hidden heart cupcakes or Naked Cinnamon cake with Milktart Buttercream icing […]

  • Reply Mari March 9, 2019 at 9:57 am

    How do I get to print the recipe?
    I would love to try it!

    • Reply angie March 13, 2019 at 9:51 am

      I just mailed it to you 🙂

  • Reply Heide Rademeyer September 18, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Hi there! I just want to find out if you have ever tried to freeze this cake iced to defrost and enjoy at a later stage?

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