Recipe By Kim
Published Jan 4th
Prep 20m Cook 40m Additional 30m Ready In 1h 30m
Servings 1 9x13-inch cake Calories 586.9

This spice cake was inspired by a recipe from one of my mom’s old cookbooks. It was my great-grandpa’s favorite cake, and I used to make it for him all the time. It’s a simple cake that’s not too sweet, and has a rather strong spice flavor. Err on the side of underbaking the cake rather than overbaking, or it’ll be dry.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk, at room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  2. 2 Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice in a bowl until well combined.
  3. 3 Cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract. Add in half of the flour mixture, and stir until just combined. Pour in buttermilk, and mix until just combined. Add in remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
  4. 4 Bake in the preheated oven until the middle of the cake springs back lightly when touched, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.
  5. 5 For the frosting, cream butter in a large bowl until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until thoroughly combined. Mix in confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, and beat until smooth after each addition. Mix in vanilla and salt. Add in heavy cream and beat until frosting is smooth, about 2 minutes. Frost cooled cake as desired.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 586.9
  • Carbohydrate 71.1 g
  • Cholesterol 131 mg
  • Fat 31.8 g
  • Fiber 0.8 g
  • Protein 6.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 19.6 g
  • Sodium 498.6 mg
  • Sugar 53.5 g


  1. Excellent cake! Great balance of flavors. Will stay in my rotation. Thank you for sharing!

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