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Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The perfect blend of spices for a cake that screams holiday celebration.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake, Dessert, Holiday
Servings: 8 People


Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 c All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Ground Ginger
  • ½ tsp Ground Allspice
  • ½ tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 c Vegetable Oil
  • 1 c Brown Sugar
  • 1 c White Sugar
  • 4 Eggs preferably at room temperature
  • 1 c Buttermilk

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 12 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 6 T Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 1 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 ¼ c Powdered Sugar


The Spice Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 325.  Grease and flour two 9” round cake pans.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the first 9 ingredients.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the oil, brown sugar and white sugar with an electric mixer until well blended.  Beat the eggs in one at a time.
  • Alternately mix in the buttermilk and dry ingredients, beginning and ending with the buttermilk.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans; tap the pans on the counter a few times to get the bubbles out.  Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Then, remove from pan and leave on the rack until cooled completely (for a tip on this check out this previous post).

The Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together.  Beat in the vanilla extract.  Beat in the powdered sugar until everything is well combined.

To Frost The Cake:

  • You can make a 2-layer cake and just frost as usual. But a 4-layer cake is very pretty.  If desired, use a cake knife to cut each cake layer in half horizontally so you end up with 4 equal layers of cake (putting it on wax paper is helpful so you can easily spin the cake around while cutting).
  • Divide the icing in the bowl into 4 equal portions; this is just so you have uniform layers of cake and icing.
  • Place one layer of cake on your serving plate.  Frost only the top of the cake layer with one portion of icing.  Put the next cake layer on top and ice only the top of that layer, and so on and so forth.  I leave the sides uniced for a “rustic” look.


If you want to decorate, you can sprinkle on some cinnamon or top with some pieces of candied ginger. If decorating for the holidays, you can cut a shape (snowflake, snowman, star, Christmas tree etc.) out of a piece of parchment paper, gently lay on top of the cake and sprinkle cinnamon inside the "stencil."