Frosted Spice Cake Recipe

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From Berkshire, Massachusetts, Lorraine Darocha sends this moist and flavorful spice cake. It's easy to add cinnamon to prepared vanilla frosting for the fast finishing touch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/8 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can (12 ounces) whipped vanilla frosting

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 283 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 261mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 fruit.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Combine the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; add to dry ingredients and beat until smooth (batter will be thin).
  2. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Stir remaining cinnamon into frosting; spread over cake. Yield: 20 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not use eggs.
Originally published as Frosted Spice Cake in Quick Cooking May/June 2001, p49

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bovent User ID: 8112556 222387
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"cake was easy enough to make (and quick). I've been making spice cake for my husband's birthday for over 30 years. He said this one by far was the best bar none he's ever had! That's saying a lot because he would be the spice cake expert. So glad I can quit searching for the perfect recipe!"

kafaughn User ID: 3552105 36256
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"Very good! I made the following cinnamon buttercream frosting to go on top: 1/2 cup butter- room temp, 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 3 TBSP milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon."

kmpatch User ID: 149103 72794
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"Easy, delicious, and moist. No need to drag out your mixer - it mixes up easily with a wooden spoon. I've made this cake twice. The second time I cut the nutmeg in half, because I think that spice tends to overwhelm the others. I frosted it with homemade vanilla buttercream by special request, but I'll try adding cinnamon the next time."

TexasCookie User ID: 4277703 30369
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"Surprisingly wonderful everyday cake. Even the prepared frosting tasted good with the extra cinnamon. healthy and easy on the calories, too!"

Hubby's wife User ID: 4169704 79389
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"Easy, flavorful and moist. Received lots of compliments and will use it again. Thank you."

Deborah B. User ID: 5553811 47322
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"The whole family loved this! I made it with the 7-minute white icing recipe from the Joy of Cooking cookbook. The kids ate a piece of this with a piece of spice cake made by someone else, and this one won hands down. The other was so bland and dry in comparison."

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