Buttermilk spice cake from Happiness Is Baking: Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake (page 32) by Maida Heatter

  • buttermilk
  • ground cinnamon
  • cake flour
  • lemons
  • nutmeg
  • light brown sugar
  • eggs
  • butter
  • ground cloves
  • sugar

Where’s the full recipe - why can I only see the ingredients?

Accompaniments: Brown sugar icing

Always check the publication for a full list of ingredients. An Eat Your Books index lists the main ingredients and does not include 'store-cupboard ingredients' (salt, pepper, oil, flour, etc.) - unless called for in significant quantity.

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  • jenmacgregor18 on July 02, 2022

    We love our spice cake and upon request, I made this one again for Dad's birthday. I remembered from the last time that the cake texture wasn't as tender as I'd liked. I figured that I had overmixed. This time, instead of using the mixer to add in the flour, I folded it in by hand so I wouldn't overdo it. I was right. It was perfect. And the icing is so good. I may double the icing next time.

  • mamacrumbcake on October 14, 2020

    The flavor was good, but the texture wasn’t. Frosting was tasty—wish it was thicker and spreadable so we could have more frosting in every bite.

  • jenmacgregor18 on September 29, 2019

    Excellent instructions, as always. I think this is almost identical to what my grandma used to make for our birthdays when I was young. I took it to a potluck & had several comments of my mom or grandma used to make something just like this. The cake itself is not too sweet, tender & spicy and the brown sugar icing is just perfect with it. My Grandma called it caramel icing...and I think this same icing might also be called Penuche.

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