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humble spice cake

Recipe by
Dana Hansen
Belgrade, MT

This dense, whole wheat cake was made for my Father-In-Law on Father's Day. I was out of regular flour, didn't have brown sugar, and decided to wing it. We were all very pleased with the results.

yield 12 -15
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For humble spice cake

  • 2 c
    whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 c
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    fresh ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 c
    chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 3/4 c
    butter flavor shortening
  • 1/2 c
    applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 3
    eggs, plus one egg yolk
  • 1 tsp
    almond extract
  • 1 pkg
    cream cheese 8 oz, softened
  • 1/2 c
    room temperature butter
  • 4-5 c
    powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp

How To Make humble spice cake

  • 1
    Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • 2
    In mixing bowl combine shortening, buttermilk, molasses, eggs, applesauce, and almond extract. If you are adding nuts, do so now.
  • 3
    Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl. Mix till medium, but try to mix quickly as leavening begins as soon as buttermilk and baking soda/powders combine. Pour batter into a 9 X 13 greased glass cake pan/dish/thing. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool. Frost.
  • 4
    FROSTING Mix butter and cream cheese on high with mixer, lower speed, add powdered sugar, use milk to achieve desired consistency. Whip on high for 3-4 minutes. Frost cake when it is cool.
  • 5
    Some people in my family don't like nuts, so instead of putting them in the cake, I press the chopped nuts into the frosted sides of half the cake.