Easy Spice Cake with Warm Brown Sugar Sauce

Julie Jarrell Bailey


The base cake can, of course, be made with a scratch recipe for spice cake. The sauce is the highlight of this cake, so either boxed mix or scratch spice cake are equally delicious. You can also substitute a Gingerbread or an Applesauce spice cake for the general Spice Cake mix.

My mother first served this to our family in the mid 1950s and it's a generational favorite. Too easy to ever mess-up! I hope you will try this and enjoy it as much as my family does. (BTW, this is also a GREAT warm sauce over vanilla, butter pecan or praline ice creams!)


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10 Min
35 Min


  • CAKE

  • 1 box
    spice cake mix
  • 3
  • 1/3 c
    vegetable oil
  • 1 c

  • 6 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 2 c
    brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 c
    half and half -or- 1 small can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    allspice, ground (optional)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How to Make Easy Spice Cake with Warm Brown Sugar Sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Coat a 9x13 inch baking pan with butter flavored oil spray.
  2. Add cake mix, eggs, oil and water together in a bowl and mix for about 2-minutes. Pour into greased baking pan. Bake according to package directions (approximately 25-minutes baking time). Remove from oven when baking is complete and allow to cool.
    Melt butter in sauce pan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Stir until butter melts and ingredients are mixed. Add milk and stir with a whisk until smooth. Allow to reach a low boil. Turn heat to low. Stir for one-minute. Remove from heat and allow to sit for one or two minutes. Add the vanilla before serving and stir again. (Store leftover sauce in refrigerator. It will set hard and need to be microwave heated to pour over leftover cake or ice cream)
  4. Slice cake and place on serving dishes. (I use a low-rimmed bowl but a soup cup or a plate are equally fine). POUR the warm sauce over the cake and serve, preferably with a spoon so you don't miss even a drop of the deliciousness!

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About Easy Spice Cake with Warm Brown Sugar Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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