Monday, December 12, 2011

Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Spice Cake

The chilly weather has finally come in force this past couple of weeks, and that means much warmer flavours. This cake is rich and moist, and perfumed with cinnamon, cloves, allspice as well as nutmeg - all seasonings that make you feel cozy and comfortable. Try this one together with cream cheese icing.

Autumn Spice Cake
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup veggie shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup of white sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tbsp . cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp . baking soda
1 tsp . ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp . ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp . ground allspice
1/8 tsp . ground cloves

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Lightly butter two 9-inch cake pans, cover the bottoms with parchment paper, and butter the paper. Put aside.
2. In the bowl of an power mixer, beat together the butter and shortening until fluffy. Add sugars and beat till fully blended. Add eggs, one by one, blending well after each inclusion and scraping along the sides of the bowl as you work. Add vanilla.
3. Inside a separate bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and spices until completely combined. Add to the butter mixture, alternately with the buttermilk, in rough thirds. Blend well.
4. Divide batter equally amongst the prepared pans, and bake in pre-heated oven for thirty five minutes.
5. Allow cakes to cool in their pans for at least Twenty minutes prior to turning out onto wire racks to finish cooling totally. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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