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Spice Cake With Baked Frosting (VRP 001)

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Spice Cake with Baked Frosting is a delightful treat that marries the warm, comforting flavors of a classic spice cake with the sweet, nutty crunch of a baked frosting. This recipe features a richly spiced batter complemented by a light and airy frosting, making it a perfect dessert for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a cozy dessert to share with family or a special treat to impress guests, this cake offers a unique twist on traditional spice cake.

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Spice Cake With Baked Frosting

A Short History

Spice cakes have been a beloved dessert for centuries, with their origins tracing back to ancient civilizations that cherished spices for both their flavor and supposed medicinal properties. The addition of a baked frosting is a nod to more modern baking techniques, providing a delightful contrast in textures from the soft cake to the crispy topping. This recipe combines these elements to create a cake that is both nostalgic and refreshingly new.

Tips for Making Spice Cake with Baked Frosting

  • Creaming Technique: Starting with creaming the shortening and brown sugar ensures a light and fluffy base, crucial for a tender cake crumb.
  • Eggs: Incorporating a whole egg plus an additional yolk adds richness to the batter, enhancing the moistness of the cake.
  • Sifting Dry Ingredients: Sifting together flour, spices, baking soda, and baking powder not only ensures even distribution but also aerates the mix, contributing to a finer cake texture.
  • Sour Milk: The use of sour milk introduces a subtle tanginess that balances the sweetness of the cake. If you don’t have sour milk, you can easily make some by adding a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk and letting it sit for a few minutes.
  • Frosting Preparation: Beating the egg white to soft peaks before gradually adding brown sugar creates a meringue-like frosting that bakes to a light crispness, enhanced by the addition of nuts for texture and flavor.
  • Baking: Spreading the frosting over the unbaked cake batter allows it to bake simultaneously, fusing the two components into a harmonious dessert.

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Spice Cake with Baked Frosting is a testament to the enduring appeal of spice-infused desserts, elevated by the addition of a crunchy, nutty frosting that bakes to perfection atop the moist cake. This recipe invites you to explore the depth of flavors and textures that make spice cakes a timeless choice. Enjoy the process of creating this layered dessert and the joy of sharing its warm, inviting flavors with others.

Spice Cake With Baked Frosting

Spice Cake With Baked Frosting


Spice Cake Batter

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sour milk


  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup nuts


Spice Cake Batter

  1. Cream shortening and brown sugar
  2. Add the whole egg plus 1 egg yolk
  3. Beat together until creamy
  4. Sift the dry ingredients
  5. Fold into creamed mixture
  6. Add the milk and mix until smooth
  7. Pour into cake pan


  1. Beat egg whites and add sugar
  2. Add nuts
  3. Spread over cake batter before baking
  4. Bake at 350 degrees until done

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