Buttermilk Spice Cake
Treat yourself to something wonderful! Delicious buttermilk spice cake and walnut cream cheese frosting are brought together to create what just might be the ultimate cake. It pairs exceptionally well with a good cup of coffee or a soothing glass of warm milk.
Step 1: Gather Ingredients
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, soft
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
Roasted Walnut and Cream Cheese Frosting (8 ounces cream cheese (softened), 1/2 stick butter (softened), 3/4 pound (about 3 cups) confectioners' sugar (sifted), 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon milk, 1 cup roasted walnut pieces)
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Step 2: Sift and Beat
Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Cream butter in a mixing bowl; add brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat at high speed of an electric mixer for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Scrape bowl often.
Step 3: Pour and Bake
Add sifted dry ingredients, alternating with buttermilk, mixing at lowest speed just until smooth. Pour batter into two greased and floured 8-inch round layer cake pans.
Bake at 350° 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on rack for 5 minutes, turn out of pans onto racks to cool completely.
Step 4: Icing on the Cake
In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the cheese and butter. Add the sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the vanilla and milk, if needed to thin consistency, and mix well. Fold in the walnut pieces. This will make about 3 cups of frosting.
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