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Delicious Spice Cake Recipe

Updated on February 27, 2016

Piece of Spice Cake

Piece of Spice Cake
Piece of Spice Cake | Source

Do you like cake?


When we were growing up my mother gave my dad, my two brothers and me a choice of what we would like her to make for our birthday desserts.


Naturally when we were little, we would have had some kind of cake with the appropriate numbers of candles on them and depending upon the time of year, if my grandparents were not on vacation, I am sure that they and other relatives who lived reasonably nearby would have joined in the celebrations.


My dad preferred eating pies to cakes and he often chose that as his preference. I remember following in his footsteps at least one year and choosing a pie for my birthday as well.


While some of our choices varied from year to year, there was no doubt which cake it would be that my brother John would choose. This spice cake recipe was his standard choice and when I found it in my mother's old recipe box recently, I decided to make it and see if it was as good as I remembered from years ago.


Indeed...it is delicious!

My brother John

My brother John who always chose spice cake as his preferred birthday cake.
My brother John who always chose spice cake as his preferred birthday cake. | Source

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My brother

John or Johnny as he was called then was the middle child. I was the eldest and Jim (Jimmy...when he was younger) was the last child in our family of five.

My mother made some kind of a cake and I remember the frosting had crushed heath bars in it that we all liked. Wish I could find that recipe! Some of the other preferences...but never just one same one year after year like John requested included pineapple upside down cake, lemon meringue pie, apple pie with a Streusel topping for the crust and others which were a bit non-traditional.


John always wanted his spice cake!


One thing was certain. All of these desserts were made from scratch. I never saw a store bought cake mix in my mother's pantry. My mother also made all of the bread that we ate and I never even tasted store bought bread until our family moved to McAllen, Texas and I was already 13 years of age.

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Cinnamon

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Using spices for health


Were you aware that using spices like cinnamon, ginger and cloves, the ones utilized in this spice cake recipe, are actually good for you?


Spices and herbs have effects on our bodies that can be anti-inflammatory, protective of the ravages of free radicals with their antioxidant powers and in some cases can even help provide weight loss when used properly. One can cut down on the use of salt, fats and sugar for instance, and ramp up the use of these more flavorful components instead when wishing to lose weight. These are just a few of their reported benefits.


Obviously using them on and in other foods rather than in cookies, cakes and desserts will help in the weight loss category...but once in a while a sweet treat is good for the soul.


Remember the old saying "Let them eat cake" which was supposedly attributed to Marie Antoinette? She may not be the true author of those words according to Wikipedia...but for all time people have craved an occasional indulgence and for some, a piece of cake is the perfect fit.


Cinnamon can actually help regulate blood sugar levels which is great news for diabetics or borderline diabetics.


Ginger is a powerful antioxidant which has also been used successfully for cases of nausea and even has some reputed benefits for pain.


Cloves are nutrient dense and also contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.

  • Have you ever had a toothache and used clove oil purchased in your local drugstore? That is a home remedy that has been in existence for a long time. Dentists have known about the mild anesthetic benefits which can also fight against some bacteria in the mouth.
  • Hopefully you will not need to be using cloves for those side dental benefits, but just be using it for its fragrant and delicious taste in what it adds to food.



Note: This information regarding spices and their uses for health is in no way intended to take the place of your health professional's advice.




Spice Cake Recipe


Now...are you ready to read this time tested family friendly favorite recipe? Continue reading!

Written on my mother's old recipe box

Written on my mother's old recipe box
Written on my mother's old recipe box | Source

Measuring out some of the ingredients for the spice cake.

Measuring out some of the ingredients for the spice cake.
Measuring out some of the ingredients for the spice cake. | Source

Ingredients for the Streusel topping:


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts ( I used walnuts, but pecans would also be good.)

Spice Cake Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup shortening - I used Crisco
  • 1 cup brown or white sugar - I used light brown sugar.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sour milk

    Note: If you don't happen to have sour milk on hand you can easily make it by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to a scant cup of milk. It will be ready for use in recipes within a few minutes.

Photos of making the spice cake.

Measuring out and adding ingredients to the mixing bowl.
Measuring out and adding ingredients to the mixing bowl. | Source
When well mixed, pour into 8 inch baking pan.
When well mixed, pour into 8 inch baking pan. | Source
Smooth the batter out and prepare the Streusel for the topping.
Smooth the batter out and prepare the Streusel for the topping. | Source

Directions for making the spice cake


Cream the sugar and shortening together in a bowl.


Add the egg and continue mixing together.


Add the cinnamon, cloves and ginger spices.


Put the baking soda into the sour milk and alternate adding to the mixing bowl with the flour, baking powder and salt.


I sifted the flour, baking powder and salt together. This avoids any lumps in the baking powder.


When well mixed, pour into an 8 inch square baking pan which is well greased or sprayed with Pam.


Smooth the batter out and before baking, sprinkle the Streusel over the top of the cake.

Preparing the Streusel for the cake topping...

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Place the Streusel ingredients in a small bowl.Start mixing together with a pastry blender.Continue mixing together until well blended.Streusel ready for use on the spice cake.Sprinkle the Streusel over the cake.
Place the Streusel ingredients in a small bowl.
Place the Streusel ingredients in a small bowl. | Source
Start mixing together with a pastry blender.
Start mixing together with a pastry blender. | Source
Continue mixing together until well blended.
Continue mixing together until well blended. | Source
Streusel ready for use on the spice cake.
Streusel ready for use on the spice cake. | Source
Sprinkle the Streusel over the cake.
Sprinkle the Streusel over the cake. | Source

Making the Streusel topping



Put all of the Streusel ingredients into a small mixing bowl and cut with a pastry blender into small pieces that become crumbly and well mixed.


The pieces should be not much larger than the pieces of chopped nuts.


With a spoon, sprinkle the Streusel topping over the cake batter that is already in the pan.

The spice cake ready to be baked.

The spice cake ready to be baked.
The spice cake ready to be baked. | Source

Piece of Spice Cake with a dollop of whipped cream.

Piece of Spice Cake with a dollop of whipped cream.
Piece of Spice Cake with a dollop of whipped cream. | Source

Baking time and temperature


This spice cake only takes approximately one half hour (or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out dry) at an oven temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


It makes nine good sized serving pieces which can be served just "as is" or it is also good with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.



Scoop of ice cream on the spice cake.

Scoop of ice cream on the spice cake.
Scoop of ice cream on the spice cake. | Source

Please rate this spice cake recipe. Thanks!

5 out of 5 stars from 16 ratings of Spice Cake

Mocha Spice Cake - In case you wish to have another good sounding spice cake variation to the one in this hub.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Celebrates,

      Hope you give it a try! :)

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      Celebrates 2 years ago

      This reminds me of a coffee cake I used to make, yours sounds so much tastier though.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Samprita,

      I hope you enjoy it when you decide to bake this spice cake. We think it is delicious! :)

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      Dr. Samprita Sahu 2 years ago from Indore, India

      I like baking and bakes cakes at home quite often. But I have never tried one with spices. This one looks yummy!! N m gonna try this for sure... Pretty soon...

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      Dr. Samprita Sahu 2 years ago from Indore, India

      I like baking and bakes cakes at home quite often. But I have never tried one with spices. This one looks yummy!! N m gonna try this for sure... Pretty soon...

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      Allspice is a combination of spices and I am sure that it would work well in place of the individual spices. Might be a slightly different flavor but it should still be good.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i don't have those spices, the ground ones, can i use all spice powder?

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Looks better than any spice cake I have ever eaten! Will have to try it so will cope it now! Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi colorfulone,

      Too bad you did not have a couple of the spices on hand. Oh well...next time. Hope your mom's birthday is a fun one that will create happy memories for everyone. Thanks for the vote and share.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      My mouth is now watering for some homemade spice cake. I need to bake a cake today for Mom's birthday, and I wonder if we have all these ingredients on hand. ... Nope, no cloves or ginger!

      Shared and voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      I know it would not work if this was a cookie recipe. I have heard of people substituting apple sauce for some of the oil or shortening like Crisco to cut down on the fat calories. You could try 1/2 sunflower oil and the other 1/2 applesauce. Let me know if it works. Even if you don't use the applesauce, I am guessing that it will probably work.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i don't have crisco, can i use sunflower oil?

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DealForALiving,

      Cloves and cinnamon certainly do spice things up!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings cheeluarv,

      Happy that you enjoyed reading this recipe and will be giving it a try. Enjoy!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      So happy to hear that you will be trying this soon. Enjoy!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      I did not realize that cloves were often used in Scandinavian foods more often than in other types of cooking. All I know is that it certainly adds great flavor to this spice cake combining it with the other spices and flavorings. Thanks for the share.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi beliza,

      If your husband enjoys a good spice cake he will undoubtedly like this one. :)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      I never remember my mother or grandmothers for that matter purchasing boxed cake mixes. Everything was always made from scratch. Glad you liked the information regarding the spices.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kathleen,

      Ha! Actually this is easy enough so that you can make your own. :)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Hezekiah,

      Happy to share this recipe with you and others. :)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello bethperry,

      Hope you give it a try. Am sure you will like it!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      It was only about 90 yesterday but still humid and felt a lot hotter. We did yard work so were out in it! Glad you like this recipe and thanks for all the shares! ☺

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Cloves and cinnamon make everything delicious!

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      cheeluarv 3 years ago from INDIA

      I like spices, your cake looks great and I can smell it while reading the caption.wow!! I don't make cake often, but,your cake picture and clear recipe has triggered my taste buds to try this.Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.Voted up useful.

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Delicious and I love step by step pictures about how to make this cake. Thanks for sharing with us. I can't wait to make it. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Don A. Hoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Peggy. This cake looks like something I would really like. I'm bookmaking the page. Interesting thing about cloves is that they are common in Scandinavian foods. Maybe that is why they are hard to find in Rapids. More Germans around here, including my wife. I first found out about the Scandinavian use of cloves was in a cookbook and the recipe was for pot roast. voting up,useful, beautiful. Sharing.

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      beliza 3 years ago

      This looks really good. My husband loves spice cake, will have to give it a try.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      LOL, Peggy...My mother never used a cake mix either. This looks really good. I like the way you included the health benefits of the spices in this spice cake!

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      ill take two! ill message you my address ;)

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      This looks so delicious, thanks a lot of sharing. I will make a note of this one.

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      Peggy W, I always liked spice cake and this recipe sounds so tasty! The pictures make my mouth water, too! Voted up and thanks for sharing.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This looks perfect for anytime, but especially when the air gets a little crisp. We haven't had that pleasure here in North Texas yet, but the last couple of days have been fantastic weather-wise! I wish I had some of this delicious looking cake here right now to celebrate our cool days. This recipe looks so easy, this may be my treat later today.

      Voted up, BAU, already pinned to my 'Fabulous Desserts' board so I'll add it to Awesome HubPages, posted on FB, and will share with followers.

      Hope things are cooling off a little by you at last too.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Peg,

      Glad that you also liked the background information regarding this recipe. I think that John was a very popular name back in those days. Probably still is today.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nadine,

      Good luck with adjusting your low carb bread recipe to include some of these flavorful ingredients. :)

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This looks so delicious and the pictures are wonderful. I loved the background story to your recipe, too. Peggy, that picture of your brother John is so adorable. Isn't it funny that we both have a brother named John?

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      This recipe has inspired me to add the ingredients to my low carb bread recipe. Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Torrs13,

      The nice thing about this spice cake in addition to the flavor is that it is so simple to make. Hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to make it. Appreciate the pin.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      This looks absolutely amazing! I like spice cake and I have been wanting to do more baking at home, but I just haven't found the time lately. When I do get the time, I will have to give this a try! Pinning this one!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi midget38,

      This will be an easy and tasty recipe in which to try out your new oven. Enjoy!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Delicious, Peggy! Something to cook in my new oven!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alexadry,

      Glad you are going to give this spice cake a try. Am sure it will become a favorite in your house. It is tasty and so simple to make! ☺

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      This cake looks like something I would enjoy. The finishing touch of whipped cream on the top makes it look extra yummy. Voted up and bookmarked for future reference.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings dis-cover,

      Have a good visit with your mom and I am sure that she will be pleased with you taking this delicious spice cake to her as a surprise. Thanks for your comment and the votes. ☺

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us. I will visit my mom these days and I have a plan to prepare this delicious cake and surprise her. Voted up as awesome!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi CyberShelley,

      So glad that you liked the sound of this recipe plus the family history story that accompanied it. Thanks for the 5 star rating. ☺

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Thank you for this recipe and the lovely family story. Voted up, useful and interesting +5*

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      So glad that you liked the sound of this cake. It is truly wonderful and not too rich. Can even substitute as a spicy coffeecake if desired. Appreciate your comment.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Your deserts looks tasty and healthy too.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Anita lesic,

      Glad to read your comment. Enjoy!

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      Dream Lover 3 years ago from Zagreb

      so delicious ;)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi MariaBrown,

      Thanks and most of all...enjoy!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello dearabbysmom,

      So glad that you liked this spice cake recipe! Enjoy!

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      dearabbysmom 3 years ago from Indiana

      This sounds delicious, especially with that scoop of ice cream. I agree that "once in awhile a sweet treat is good for the soul." Thank you for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vellur,

      It is really a simple and deliciously flavored cake. Hope you enjoy it. Appreciate your comment.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      This recipe is delicious and different, thank you for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca E,

      It really is simple to make and delicious as well.

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      Rebecca E. 3 years ago from Canada

      lovely! and it seems easy to make.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi oliversmum,

      Yes, I love that photo of my brother when he was young. He is now up in heaven with the rest of my nuclear family. Hope you enjoy the spice cake recipe! It is a good one!

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      oliversmum 4 years ago from australia

      Peggy W. Hi. Your spice cake recipe looks delicious.

      Thank you for all the information on the different spices and the easy to follow instructions.

      Loved all the photographs, especially the one of your brother, It must be very special to you. Thumbs up and 5 stars. :) :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello howcurecancer,

      I like spicy also! Thanks for your comment.

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 4 years ago

      I like spicy!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      So glad that you like the sound of this recipe. Just wait until you try it! :))

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your spice cake looks delicious. I have to try it. Up, way up, useful, interesting, and awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      This would be a good desert to serve if you are getting together with family or friends over this 4th of July holiday weekend. Some people take today and Friday off making it an extended weekend. Happy Independence Day!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to pin this hub on my "Fabulous Deserts" board! Wish I had some right now. Just looking at the picture and I can taste it.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi midget38,

      So glad to hear that you like the sound of this recipe. Enjoy your new oven!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      About to change my oven and will make this one of the first things I try. Thanks, Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello CyberShelley,

      So glad that you like the sound of this recipe. Thanks for your comment.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      I can smell this beautiful spice cake and imagine the taste. This is definitely on my baking list. Thank you for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ishwaryaa22,

      So glad that you found this spice cake recipe to your liking. Appreciate all the votes and shares. Thanks also for the 5 star rating.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! What a delicious treat! No wonder that your brother chose this as his birthday cake. We Indians love adding cinnamon, ginger and cloves to dishes in order to infuse them with tantalizing taste and fragrant flavor. Your easy-to-follow instructions, handy step-by-step photos and luscious photos propel cake fans including me to try your recipe. Rated your recipe 5 stars! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Thelma,

      I'll have to make this spice cake again soon. So glad that you like the sound of this recipe. Enjoy it when you get around to making it! Thanks for your comments and the pin.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I love spice cake Peggy. I can smell the cake now by just imagining this cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in front of me while writing in HP. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Voted up, useful and I have to pin it for later use. Have a lovely day!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I could smell the spices now by just imagining a slice of this cake in front of my laptop with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Voted this up and pinned for later use. Thanks for sharing Peggy^-^

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Hope your move goes smoothly. That is a chore even if it is next door! Glad that you liked the sound of this recipe and enjoy it with my blessings when you have time to make it. Thanks for your comment. May angels surround you always!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Peggy

      This is a surprising recipe. I saw spice cake and honestly, I almost did not read it because I am not a huge fan of spice cake (ginger bread,yes). But I looked closely and saw that topping!!

      Now I know I will be giving this a try.

      The photographs are so helpful and the step-by-step directions appear to be easy to follow.

      I am moving next door (nice big house for lots of company)...after I am all settled I am going to have a welcome to my new place party and this will be the main attraction.

      Thanks for sharing Voted up and pinned...Angels are on the way ps

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Thanks for the pin and I hope that you enjoy this Spice Cake when you get around to trying this recipe. Am sure that you will like it! :)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Have to add this to my cake board on Pinterest. It sounds wonderful.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again donnah75,

      Nice! Am sure that your birthday cakes were very much to your liking. Did you have a special flavor or did you choose different ones each year?

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Peggy, we were lucky to have a local, independent ice cream shop that made fantastic ice cream cakes. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi donnah75,

      So ice cream cake was your favorite! I guess Baskin Robbins has been making them for years. Was that your source or did you have a homemade one prepared? My brother never varied his request. It was always spice cake that he wanted. Of course we all got to share whatever the choices were with the rest of our family. Those were fun days! :))

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vertualit,

      So glad that you liked this spice cake recipe and the posting of this hub. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      So glad that you liked the layout of this hub as well as the Spice Cake recipe. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sheila,

      Interesting that spice cake was also your dad's choice for a birthday cake. Thanks for your votes and the shares.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      This looks lovely. I always asked for an ice cream cake for my birthday. There was something about ice cream that made my December birthday less wintery.

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      Abdus Salam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      awesome posting :) great hub...

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Not only does the recipe look good, but this is also a beautifully put-together hub! Wow!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      This recipe is a delicious one for anyone who likes a spice cake. Thanks for your comment and wishing for you a wonderful day over there in Wales.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This sounds awesome! I absolutely LOVE spice cake! It was always my dad's choice for his birthday cakes. I love the idea of the streusel topping. As far as spices go, I have learned a lot here. My mom always kept clove oil for a toothache, it worked great! Great hub, voted useful, interesting, pinning and sharing! :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful recipe Peggy and thank you so much for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      We buy our grapeseed oil at Costco so it is a good price. We love our Costco! Some people we know claim that we could do ads for them. Ha! Thanks for taking such an interest in this topic. I may check out peanut oil and do a price comparison.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Grapeseed oil is a good, hot oil, but it's awfully expensive. Peanut oil is an affordable everyday alternative.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again Suzanne,

      We use grape seed oil for things that need higher heat but have been using some olive oil for quick sauteed foods as well as in salad dressings and finishing off dishes. From what you say cooking with it is probably not the best idea. Will do a bit of research. Thanks for the heads up. Your saying that it could be carcinogenic got my attention!

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh! Don't try olive oil in baking! It's yucky! Also, olive oil is a cold oil. It should be used in salad dressings, or if used in cooking, it should be added as a flavoring after the dish is cooked rather than during cooking. The reason is that heat causes olive oil to become rancid and carcinogenic. Use olive oil for cool recipes.

      Use peanut oil for hot cooking and frying. It is a very stable and healthful oil that can tolerate high temperatures without changing its molecular structure. It is nice in baking as it has little or no flavor, but if it does impart any flavor, it is a very mildly nutty taste. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Good tip about using the peanut oil in place of the shortening. We generally keep different types of olive oils in our pantry. Might have to try your substitution to see how it works in this spice cake recipe. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Sounds great! I like to have this kind of cake for breakfast sometimes. I always substitute slightly less peanut oil than the amount of shortening called for when baking. Shortening stays solid at room temperature and coats the insides of your veins pretty thickly, too! I avoid it! :D

      Voted up and awesome! :D

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Always Optimist,

      Shortening is a fat that stays solid at room temperature. The one I used is called Crisco and it is a vegetable shortening. Some people use butter or lard to make their pastries flaky. Cooking directions might vary a bit depending upon which fat (shortening) is used. What do you use when making cakes? Do you use any type of fat? Butter could probably be used in this recipe to good effect. Thanks for your comment.

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      Always Optimist 4 years ago from India

      Hi Peggy thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe. But what is shortening? We do not get that here so please do not laugh.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      This spice cake recipe serves well in place of a coffee cake...so enjoy it however you decide to eat it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You made my mouth water. It looks so good I can almost smell it. I will be trying it. I agree with vespawolf, it kind of reminds me of a coffee cake.