Ultimate Spice Cake Recipe

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Ultimate Spice Cake

Barbara Eaton


Cardamon and browned butter are the "secret" ingredients in this recipe. They truly add a unique flavor that is irrestible.

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1 Hr


1 Tbsp
ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp
ground cardamom (pricey but worth it)
1/2 tsp
ground cloves
1/4 tsp
ground nutmeg
1 c
butter, cut up
1 3/4 c
1 3/4 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
1 1/3 c
light brown sugar, packed
egg yolks
1 tsp
vanilla extract
2/3 c
1/4 c
1 1/4 c
powdered sugar
1 to 5 Tbsp
1 tsp
lemon juice
dash of salt


1Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare, grease and flour, a 10-cup bundt pan.
2Combine cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg in small bowl. Reserve 1 teaspoon of spice mix for Glaze.
3Heat 1 cup butter in frying pan over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until milk solids in bottom are rich chocolate color, stirring frequently.
4Stir in spice mix and cook for 15 SECONDS.
5Immediately pour into a large wide bowl and place in freezer for 15 or 20 minutes, until consistancy of softened butter. Stir occasionally during this process.
6Combine flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.
7Add brown sugar to the butter mixture and beat on medium speed 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
8Beat in eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
9Beat in vanilla.
10Beating at low speed, add flour mixture and milk alternately, starting and ending with flour. Then beat 30 seconds on medium speed and spread in prepared pan.
11Bake 45-50 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
12Cool in pan, on wire rack for 10 minutes.
13Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
15Heat butter in small skillet until chocolate brown, remove from heat and cool slightly.
16Whisk together powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, lemon juice, salt and reserved spice mix.
17Whisk in browned butter, adding additional milk as needed to make a thick glaze.
18Spread over tho top of the cooled cake and let drip down the sides.
19Let stand until glaze is set, about 30 minutes. This is a good cake to take to a ocvered dish function.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes