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Spice Crumb Cake

For a sweet treat, my family enjoys the old-fashioned goodness of this cake. It is my great-grandmother's recipe.—Carolyn Nicholas, Winter Springs, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons molasses


  • In a bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, spices and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Remove and set aside 1 cup for topping. In another bowl, beat the eggs, buttermilk and molasses. Add to the remaining flour mixture; mix well.
  • Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with reserved topping. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 291 calories, 21g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 326mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • lurky27
    Nov 7, 2012

    Great way to use up expired milk (as buttermilk)! Next time I'll add nuts or raisins to give the cake a bit of a bite.~ Theresa

  • jmkasprak
    Sep 16, 2012

    Very nice, simple recipe. Use butter in place of shortening.

  • ArdathEffa
    Nov 19, 2009

    This is a delicious cake. I think adding 1 cup of raisins would add to the flavor. My husband felt it was a bit strong on cloves so next time I think I will half the cloves. I don't like to make icing so this is ideal with the crumb topping.