Spice Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.


12-16 servings

Updated: Oct. 22, 2022
I enjoy cake decorating and sometimes decorate one for a family member's birthday. I've even encouraged nieces and nephews to help me bake this cake.—Robin E Perry, Seneca, Pennsylvania


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk


  1. In a bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add eggs; beat well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Mix well. Pour into a greased and floured 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until the cake tests done. Cool. For frosting, cream shortening and butter in a bowl. Add vanilla. Gradually beat in sugar. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy. Frost cake.