This is an adaptation of several recipes I found online. It was fantastic!

Spice Cake Recipe


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs


Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Add shortening, milk, and vanilla; beat on slow  speed of electric mixer for 2 minutes. Scrape sides and bottom of mixing bowl several times. Beat in eggs and continue to beat for 2 minutes more. Spoon batter into 2 generously greased and floured 8″inch round cake pans. Bake at 350° for 28-30 minutes. Cool and frost with caramel icing (below).

Caramel Icing

    3 cups brown sugar, packed
    1/2 cup milk
    4 tablespoons butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla

In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, milk, and butter. Stirring constantly; bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes or longer until it ‘sticks’ to the spoon. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool to lukewarm. Beat until creamy and thick enough to spread.


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