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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spice Cake


I love spice cake, it is one of my favorite kind of cakes.  I made a spice cake for Marie's birthday party and absolutely loved it!  I also found a new buttercream recipe, but I want to do a little tweaking with it before I share it.
Spice Cake
Grease two 10 inch round pans.  Preheat oven to 350°F.  Have all ingredients at room temperature.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat at high speed until light and fluffy:
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups sugar (I used palm sugar)

Add at medium speed and beat until well creamed:
4 eggs (I had egg yolks I needed to use up and used 5 egg yolks and 2 whole eggs, if your egg yolks are mixed together about a tablespoon is about the size of an egg yolk.)

In a bowl, sift together:
3 cups flour (I used 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon salt

(If you do not have a sifter you can blend with a whisk, but if you bake with wheat flour I highly suggest investing in a sifter!)


At low speed, add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture alternately with:
1 1/4 cups buttermilk

Do not over mix or your cake will be tough!

Pour the batter into the pans and bake 25 - 35 minutes depending on your oven.  Or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  Cool the cakes on a wire rack for 15 - 20 minutes before turning them out of their pans.

If you are like me, I don't use a lot of buttermilk, so what I do is a buy a container, use what I need and then freeze the extra in jars one cup at a time,  then when I need buttermilk I just pull it out of the freezer.

I hope ya'll enjoy this cake as much as I do!
I haven't shared any cat pictures with ya'll lately, so thought I would today.
Happy baking!
Missy

This is Tiger, his older twin, sister from a previous litter is fixing to have babies.  I can't wait for my friend to post pictures because I think Tiger is a beautiful cat and since his sister looks just like him, I'm sure her kittens will be gorgeous.  Especially if Renee's long haired black cat is the daddy.

6 comments:

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I love spice cake too! That and carrot cake are the best! And a big AWWWW for Tiger too!

Heidi said...

Tiger is adorable and I am sure his little niece and nephew kittens will be too. I love that quilt Tiger is playing/hiding in.

I like space cake too. Thank you for this recipe. I plan to try it soon.

I just have one silly question. Can I make whole wheat pastry flour by processing my regular whole wheat flour? OR do I need to buy it because there's some extra leavening agent in it? I have not seen it in my grocer or health food store so I am hoping it's just a finer grind... If you know, please let me know. Thanks.

Greg and Donna said...

Oh yummy, I like spice cake and wanted a "from scratch" recipe. I have the same questions as Heidi ~ do you use the fresh ground wheat or something different? Our wheat makes awesome muffins, but we aren't real successful with cakes ~ turns out the consistency of cornbread.

Missy Shay said...

This is what I use: http://www.arrowheadmills.com/product/pastry-flour It does not list anything else as the ingredients. Here is another good article on the difference in the flours. http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/tools-and-techniques/baking-flour-facts.htm I would think that as long as you grind a soft wheat and ground it finer, it should be fine? I will research this more and let you know. I do not have a grinder, but several of my friends do. Make sure you sift the kernels out of the flour before putting it in your cake!

retrorevival.biz said...

I've never baked a spice cake so I appreciate you sharing your yummy-sounding recipe:)

~Cindy

Greg and Donna said...

Missy, I posted the link to your blog today for the recipe! And I copied it for my personal "cookbook". Thanks for sharing it!

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