Buttermilk Spice Cake With Brown Sugar Frosting

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  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 to 16 Servings
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This buttermilk spice cake is a delicious two-layer cake filled with a fabulous brown sugar frosting. The acidity of the buttermilk is balanced with baking soda, which adds to the luscious texture of this cake.

This cake will please everyone at your next family celebration, dinner party, or to take to a potluck and wow the crowd.

You'll need a double boiler to make the brown sugar frosting, or fashion one with a stainless steel pan that will fit over a saucepan. Just make sure the top pan or bowl does not come in contact with the boiling water.

If you prefer a cream cheese frosting, feel free to use your favorite or this cream cheese frosting recipe.

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (sifted, about 10 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • For the Frosting:
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/3 cup water (cold)
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, 1 teaspoon of salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy.
  5. Add the 1/2 cup of brown sugar, the granulated sugar, 2 whole eggs, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat at high speed of an electric mixer for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl frequently while you are mixing.
  1. Add the sifted dry ingredients, alternating with buttermilk, mixing at lowest speed just until smooth.
  2. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Cool the cake in the pans on a rack for 5 minutes, then turn the layers out onto the racks to cool completely.

Brown Sugar Frosting

  1. Combine the egg whites, 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar, the cold water, corn syrup, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in the top pan of a double boiler. Use an electric mixer to beat the ingredients for 1 minute at high speed.
  2. Heat about an inch of water in the bottom section of the double boiler to a rapid boil.
  3. Place the frosting pan on the double boiler over the rapidly boiling water and heat while beating constantly, for 7 minutes or until peaks form.
  4. Remove the frosting from the heat and continue beating until spreading consistency is reached.
  5. Frost the tops and sides of the cooled spice cake.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
261 Calories
8g Fat
46g Carbs
3g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)