Humble Spice Cake

Dana Hansen


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.


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15 Min
30 Min



  • 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.
    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.

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About Humble Spice Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #holiday #spice #autumn

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