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Spice Velvet Cake

Spice Velvet Cake. The soft moist texture of a premium brand cake mix in a delicious, fragrant, lightly spiced homemade cake topped with brown butter frosting!

Spice Velvet Cake close up photo of a single slice on a white plate

Spice Velvet Cake

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Whoa! It sure has been a busy summer around here already. This may just have been the busiest 6 weeks of the past few years.

It all started with a 3 week vacation in June. As many of you will remember, our daughter Olivia has been studying at the University of Leeds for the past six months.

Her time there was coming to a close. Our son Noah was also off for the summer from studying at Memorial University here in St John’s.

After a couple of years of fleeting trips, mostly long weekends, we finally got the opportunity to have a proper family vacation together. We were not going to waste that chance either!

We started off by meeting Olivia in London for a several days of theatre, sightseeing and great food. It was then off to Rome for a few days for more sightseeing there and of course more great food.

After Rome we embarked on a 7 day Western Mediterranean cruise, stopping at another 2 cities in Italy as well as Cannes, Barcelona and Majorca. We had several stellar meals during those stops, including a Michelin starred lunch in Cannes and the best tapas ever in Barcelona!

Were we finished? Nope. To finish up our European adventure we headed finally to Dublin for several days of pub hopping and sightseeing.

It really was a whirlwind, but it was great to spend all that time together as a family. We get along surprisingly well together, even in close quarters. 🙂

Spice Velvet Cake wide shot of entire uncut cake on a white serving plate

Spice Velvet Cake

Finally back home.

We all came home, unbattered but tired. I need to learn to slow down on vacations.

I tend to cram as much as possible into vacation days. As I get older, I think my travels should be slower, to take in more of the vibe of the places I visit.

Italy and Spain have taught me that and are calling me back soon but I expect they will be slower, more relaxing visits.

Within a week of returning home, we celebrated my sister’s wedding, which was a blast. We still have several family members home from Alberta and Ontario. Of course, we have been entertaining them too. It really has been a whirlwind summer so far.

On returning home I was pleased to hear that a planned reprint of Rock Recipes 2 was back from the printers. I was very pleased that it is once again available for sale on Amazon Canada. Local bookstores should have it now too.

In celebration, I am releasing one of the recipes from Rock Recipes 2 that has not appeared online before. It is the spice version on of our incredibly popular Velvet Cake Collection.

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Those recipes have been incredibly popular for years on Rock Recipes. Our Lemon Velvet version is the most popular cake recipe ever on Rock Recipes…and there are over 200!

With all our other flavours already online, I thought the time was right to add this one. Top it off with some of our brown butter frosting for one of the best homemade cakes you will ever bake; especially if you are a spice cake fan like me!

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Spice Velvet Cake close up photo of a single slice on a white plate
Yield: 16 servings

Spice Velvet Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Spice Velvet Cake. The soft moist texture of a premium brand cake mix in a delicious, fragrantly but lightly spiced cake topped with brown butter frosting!

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1½ cups cake flour, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, large or extra large
  • 1½ cups buttermilk

For the Brown Butter Frosting

  • 1 cup butter, browned
  • 4 cups icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp milk, approximately

Instructions

  1. Sift together both flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.
  2. Grease and flour 2 nine inch round cake pans and line the bottom with 2 circles of parchment paper.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the vegetable oil, shortening and vanilla. Beat well at high speed with whisk attachment until light and fluffy
  4. Beat the eggs in one at a time.
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk.
  6. I always add dry ingredients in three divisions and liquid ingredients in 2 divisions. It is very important to begin and end the additions with the dry ingredients. Do not over mix the batter. As soon as it has no lumps in the batter, pour into the two prepared 9 inch cake pans.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely.

To prepare the Brown Butter Frosting

  1. To brown butter just melt it in a small saucepan over medium heat and watch it carefully until the color turns light golden brown. Watch it carefully; it can burn quickly once it reaches the proper color.
  2. Pour it off immediately into a heat proof measuring cup, leaving the sediment behind. Allow the brown butter to cool to room temperature and solidify.
  3. Beat all ingredients together until smooth, fluffy, and a spreadable consistency. Use a couple of tablespoons of milk to begin and add more if need be or of it becomes too thin, just add a couple more tablespoons of icing sugar at a time to get to the proper consistency.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 517Saturated Fat 17gCholesterol 64mgSodium 319mgCarbohydrates 67gFiber 1gSugar 50gProtein 4g

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Micheddy

Friday 17th of September 2021

I would like to know what is sprikeled on top

Abi Rochelle

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

Years ago, there was an iced beverage at Panera Bread called, “Spicy Chai”...it was so delicious. I know it had some of the same spices you’re using here; is there any way to incorporate chai into this lovely cake? Have you ever heard of Panera’s spicy chai drink? Thank you for all your wonderful recipes!

Tenko

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Just finished making this for the husband and he loved it! Thank you for the great recipe 😊 Baking it was a great way to spend some time while we’re all stuck in the house during quarantine.

Kelly

Sunday 26th of April 2020

First off, I have never written a comment on anything I’ve made- this alone speaks volumes of how very much I loved your spice cake! The texture is beyond amazing. Loved your clear instructions- Thank you! Made it twice in one weekend !

Patricia

Sunday 26th of April 2020

I am wondering what is sprinkled over the top of the cake - is it toasted coconut? I want to make sure I have all ingredients on hand... Thank you

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