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Sour Cream Spice Cake Recipe

Sour Cream Spice Cake Recipe

Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana, perks up a meal with this old-fashioned layer cake. The dense cake is rich in spices, while the frosting is fluffy and sweet.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk, flour, allspice, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until stiff. Fold into batter.
  • 2. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. In a small heavy saucepan over low heat, combine brown sugar, egg whites, water and cream of tartar. With a hand mixer, beat on low speed 1 minute. Continue beating on low over low heat until frosting reaches 160°, about 20 minutes.
  • 4. Pour into a large bowl; add vanilla. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 283 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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Spitfiremama40 User ID: 7277963 113122
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"I've made a ton of cakes but never with this kind of frosting. What a way to ruin a cake. Sour cream frosting or cream cheese frosting is a MUST for flavor and texture in regards to this recipe. I couldn't believe when one reviewer stated they "loved" the frosting! If you find window caulking edible then I guess this frosting is for you. [made frosting twice just to be sure , yep...still nasty.]"

ESNelson User ID: 7075932 41661
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"I have not had much success with cakes, but this was by far the best cake I have ever made. I made this for my husbands birthday (he does not care for sweets) he said this was the BEST cake he had ever made. I followed the recipe exactly except I used a bundt pan and added 5-10 mins to the baking time."

cookingirl78 User ID: 2185950 205273
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"The cake turned out terrific, even though I didn't have cake flour and had to put the eggs in whole because I dirtied my beaters before reading the recipe. It is finely textured, moist, with the right mix of spices. I put it in a 9 x 13 pan without a problem. I will frost it with an ordinary vanilla cream frosting, but the frosting given in the recipe sounds very good. An all-around good recipe!"

cocoafevr User ID: 3180149 89269
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"I made this for my grandmother's birthday and everyone loved it, especially the frosting!"

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