Homemade Spice Cake Recipes

Spice Cake IllustrationHomemade Spice Layer Cake
(Source: Don Bell)

Enjoy this variety of old fashioned spice cake recipes, all traditionally flavored with either one or a mixture of two or more spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. When you bake them, the comforting aroma will make your kitchen inviting. Frost or sugar glaze your cakes, or serve them plain for packing in lunches.

Old Fashioned Spice Cake Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)

Basic Spice Cake Recipe

2 eggs, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon cloves, 1/2 cup warm water, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1-1/2 cups bread flour. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and beat well, then add water; mix spices and baking powder with flour and sift into batter. Bake about 45 minutes in moderate oven (350°F). —Mrs. Robert Johnston

Spice Cake with Fruit

1/4 cup dates stoned and cut fine, 1/4 cup raisins cut fine, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup boiling water, 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 eggs, 1 cup walnuts (less will do), 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cloves.

Cook for 10 minutes dates, raisins, soda, water; cool, cream butter and sugar; add well-beaten eggs, fruit mixture, walnuts, flour with baking powder and spice sifted together. Bake in moderate oven till done. —Mrs. K. M. Denoon

Old Time Pepper Cake

1 cup raisins, stoned
1 cup corn syrup or baking syrup
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Nutmeg to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper

Mix as usual and bake in moderate oven for about 40 minutes.

Poppy Seed Cake

Evaporated Milk

To substitute 1 cup evaporated milk, gently simmer 2-1/4 cups whole milk in a saucepan until reduced to 1 cup.

1 cup white sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup Carnation® Evaporated Milk
1 cup corn oil (or 1 cup melted butter)
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
3 teaspoons poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Mix in order given above, and beat until no lumps remain.

Bake in moderate oven (350°F) for 35 minutes in angel cake tin.

Berry Spice Layer Cake

Berry Spice CakeHomemade Berry Spice Layer Cake
(Source: Don Bell)

1/2 cup butter or shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup preserves (strawberry, raspberry, etc.)
2 cups cake flour, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup nuts, chopped
2/3 cup raisins

Set oven at 350°F. Blend butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beat thoroughly. Beat in preserves. Sift together dry ingredients and add alternately with milk to mixture. Beat thoroughly to blend. Stir in nuts and raisins. Pour into two 9-inch was paper lined pans. Bake 35 minutes or until done. Frost with your favorite lemon frosting.

Nutty Spice Cake Recipe

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
Yolks 4 eggs
1 cup sour milk
2-1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 cup raisins, chopped
1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Cream shortening, add the sugar, gradually. Add the beaten egg yolks and beat hard. Mix and sift the dry ingredients. Add the soda and molasses to the sour milk. Add alternately with the dry ingredients to the first mixture, beating after each addition. Add the floured nuts and fruit, mixing thoroughly. Bake slowly (300° to 350°F) one hour.

Old South Spice Cake Recipe

Dishes & Beverages of the Old South (1913)

Cream a coffee cup of butter, with two cups yellow sugar and one cup black molasses. Add to it one after the other, seven egg yolks, beating hard between. When all are in, add one tablespoonful whiskey, or brandy, one teaspoonful grated chocolate, one teaspoonful each of powdered cloves, allspice, ginger, mace, and cinnamon, a grated nutmeg, and half a saltspoonful of powdered black pepper. Add also a pinch of salt, and the barest dusting of paprika.

If whiskey is for any reason disapproved or unavailable, use strong, clear coffee instead, putting in two spoonfuls, and leaving out the chocolate.

Beat all together hard for ten minutes, then add four scant cups flour browned in the oven but not burned. Sift after browning, adding to it two teaspoonfuls baking powder. Beat hard for five minutes after the flour is all in, then pour in a deep, well greased pan, lined with buttered paper. Heat oven, let it rise ten minutes with the oven door open, then close door and bake in quick heat until done through.

Spice cake is an old fashioned favorite, and this Old Southern homemade spice cake recipe makes one of the richest, most flavorful cakes you have ever tasted. Enjoy.

Apple Spice Cake Recipe

Submitted by Pam

This recipe for apple spice cake was passed down from my Mom (who's in her 80s), and now my children make it for their families.


2 cups Cake Flour and 1-1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
(or replace above with 2 cups Self-Raising Flour)
2 tablespoon Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1-1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Cloves
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Allspice
1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)

125 grams (4 ounces) Margarine
1-1/2 cups Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 cup Applesauce (or chopped fresh apples with 1 tablespoon sugar)
1 cup Raisins or Dates
1/2 cup Walnuts (optional)

Sift the first 9 ingredients together. Mix in the raisins and nuts. Cream margarine and sugar, and add eggs. Mix this into the dry ingredients, together with the applesauce. Turn into a greased and lined cake pan. Bake at 180°C (350°F) for about 50 minutes.

Suggestion: Ice with caramel or coffee icing.


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