How To Bake Moist, Tender Spice Cake

Spice cake is a type of cake that is traditionally prepared with a blend of spices. [1] The cake can be made in a variety of ways. Spices like cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg are common flavorings.

Spice Cake

Moist, Tender Spice Cake Recipe

This spice cake is dense but tender, and it's tasty enough to be served plain.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine North America
Calories 275 kcal


  • 2 ½ cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened until easily spreadable
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar


  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit with the oven rack in the middle position. A 9-by-13-inch metal or disposable foil pan should be greased and lightly floured. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and spices. In a 2-cup measuring cup, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • On low, then medium, beat softened butter into dry ingredients until pebble-sized chunks form. 1/3 of the milk mixture should be added and beaten on low until smooth. In two stages, add the remaining milk mixture; beat on medium speed until the batter is barely smooth. Add the sugar and beat for about 30 seconds, or until barely combined. In a cake pan, pour the batter.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Turn cake onto rack by running a knife around the pan's perimeter. Allow to cool.


Nutrition Information:
  • Protein: 3.9g 8 %
  • Carbohydrates: 36.1g 12 %
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.7g 3 %
  • Sugars: 18.5g
  • Fat: 13g 20 %
  • Saturated Fat: 7.8g 39 %
  • Cholesterol: 66.6mg 22 %
  • Vitamin A Iu: 430.5IU 9 %
  • Niacin Equivalents: 2mg 16 %
  • Vitamin C: 0.1mg
  • Folate: 41.8mcg 10 %
  • Calcium: 114.6mg 12 %
  • Iron: 1.4mg 8 %
  • Magnesium: 10.4mg 4 %
  • Potassium: 90.3mg 3 %
  • Sodium: 221.5mg 9 %
  • Thiamin: 0.2mg17 %
  • Calories From Fat: 117
Keyword Spice Cake

Final Thought:

The addition of maple syrup or maple flavour to a maple spice cake is an American variation. The recipe dates back to the beginning of the nineteenth century in New Hampshire. It’s a fall favorite that tastes like cinnamon or apple cider.

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