Mama’s Spice Cake
Whenever I get a craving for a tasty old-fashioned treat, I make this cake. Great cooks in my family have been baking it for generations, so their families have been enjoying its rich frosting and wonderful spice flavor for many years. —Nancy Duty, Jacksonville, FL Prep: 30 min. • Bake: 35 min. + cooling • Makes: 16 servings 1¹ ₂ cups sugar
1 cup raisins, chopped 1 cup water ³ ₄ cup butter, cubed 1 tsp. ground cinnamon ¹₂ tsp. ground allspice ¹₄ tsp. ground cloves ¹₄ tsp. ground nutmeg 4 large eggs, separated 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 tsp. baking powder ¹₂ tsp. salt ¹₄ tsp. baking soda ³₄ cup chopped pecans
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened ¹₄ cup butter, softened 1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar Additional chopped pecans, cinnamon sticks, fresh bay leaves, fresh rosemary sprigs, confectioners’ sugar, optional
1. In a large saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients; cook and stir over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat; let mixture cool.
2. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks; gradually stir in the spice mixture. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to spice mixture until blended. Stir in pecans. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into the batter.
3. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 325° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
4. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. To decorate, spread the frosting between layers and over top and sides of the cake, leaving the sides slightly exposed. If desired, top with pecans, cinnamon sticks, fresh bay leaves, fresh rosemary sprigs and confectioners’ sugar. Store in the refrigerator.
1 piece: 482 cal., 22g fat (11g sat. fat), 99mg chol., 353mg sod., 69g carb. (53g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g pro.