Bea's 1937 Spice Cake

Sasha Kamen


My mother loved this cake. The recipe had been given to her by her friend Bea in 1937. Frost it with cream cheese frosting like my mother did. You'll love it, too! I promise!


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Makes two 8" or 9" layers.
40 Min


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  • 1 1/2 c
  • 3/4 c
  • 3
    egg yolks, reserve whites
  • 2 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1 tsp
    ground allspice
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 c
    cooked prunes, drained and chopped
  • 3
    egg whites

How to Make Bea's 1937 Spice Cake


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine flour, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. Cream together sugar, butter, egg yolks, and vanilla until very light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add dry ingredients to butter and egg mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  4. Beat egg whites until fluffy and moderately dry and fold into batter.
  5. Pour batter into greased and floured layer cake pans. Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out dry. Turn out on racks to cool. Fill and frost with buttercream or cream cheese frosting.

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About Bea's 1937 Spice Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Heirloom

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