Buttermilk Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

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  • 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. 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)
  • 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 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 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. Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter in a mixing bowl with electric mixer.
  3. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat at high speed of an electric mixer for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl often while you are mixing.
  4. Add the sifted dry ingredients, alternating with buttermilk, mixing at lowest speed just until smooth.
  1. Pour the batter into two greased and floured 8-inch round layer cake pans.
  2. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. Cool the cake in the pans on a rack for 5 minutes, then turn it out of the pans onto the racks to cool completely.
  4. For the frosting, begin by combining all of the ingredients in the top pan of a double boiler. Use an electric mixer to beat the ingredients for 1 minute at high speed.
  5. Heat water in the bottom section of the double boiler to a rapid boil.
  6. 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.
  7. Remove the frosting from the heat and continue beating until spreading consistency is reached.
  8. Frost the tops and sides of the cooled spice cake.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 261
Total Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 43 mg
Sodium 245 mg
Carbohydrates 46 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 3 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)