Spice Cake Recipe

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Which spices do you prefer to use for this cake? My favorites are cinnamon and ginger.

Autumn often brings a mood for spices. Maybe because they create a unique feeling of warmth or maybe because of being associated with mulled wine, a cheerful companion for cold November evenings.

For whatever reason you like spices, spice cake is really simple, joyful and delicious reason to spice up your dessert!

Spicy Or Not? What Is Your Choice?

Spice cake slices with cinnamon and ashberries aside

Preparing the ingredients

Spice cake ingredients


1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup dark brown sugar

3/4 cup softened butter

1 1/4 cup buttermilk

3 eggs

Spices and… ash berries just because they look nice here!

making it happen

Preheat oven to to 350°F (175°C).

Grease and lightly flour a baking form.

Greased and floured baking pan
Blending together the ingredients

In a large bowl blend together eggs, softened butter, sugar, salt and spices.

Add buttermilk. It can be replaced with the same quantity of yoghurt like in my case.

Mix thoroughly until even.

Spoon the batter into the form.

Putting batter into the form
Spice cake before and after baking

Bake 40-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool.

Turn the cake upside down onto a plate and cut into slices. The cinnamon and ginger aroma is unforgettable!

Cut spice cake

Bon Appetite!

spicy or not?
hearty, hot and healthy

Have you ever thought about how your character affects the food you choose? Or how you can tell about a person’s lifestyle and behavior just from observing his or her eating habits?

Psychologists say that people who prefer spicy food tend to be adventurous, searching for new sensations and craving for strong impressions. They usually feel great when starting something new, exploring a new area of knowledge, a new profession or a new hobby.

Spice cake is a pretty old invention by itself. French historians, for example, mention it in 1694 when the cake was called Pain d'épices ("spice-bread"). Nowadays the recipe depends on the country, but the basics remain the same: cinnamon, gloves, nutmeg, allspice, sometimes white pepper creating a vivid and delightful taste.

In old times the cake was cooked from rye flour, honey and spices. The cake was a kind of sourdough without leavening; it was left in a wooden trough to rest in a cool place for months, during which the honeyed rye flour experienced a fermentation. When ready the dough was cooked in moulds. Nowadays the process is much easier thanks to the baking powder and any baker can happily create his masterpiece in less that an hour.

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What if I don't have all the spice mentioned in the recipe? Can I omit a few?

Well, at least you need to have one or two to call it a spice cake. It will be tasty anyway, but you may turn it into cinnamon cake or vanilla cake, for example. The amount and selection of spices you wish to add may vary according to your taste.

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