Holiday Spice Cake

I made this cake for dessert as part of a surprise Christmas luncheon my coworkers and I gave our higher-ups. I’d realllly been craving spiced-baked-sweet-buttery something-cake and wanted to impress.


It’s a Paula Deen recipe  (which covered the “buttery” requirement) and this is the cake in the profile photo of this blog. I figured posting the recipe was timely.

WARNING: do not eat unless you want type-2 diabetes!!


(adapted from Paula Deen)



  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg *trust me- FRESH will make a huge impact!
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • Butter Cream Icing (recipe below)
  • Finely chopped nuts, for garnish *I used toasted pecans- they were lovely

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour THREE 8-inch, round cake pans.

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