homemade spice cake recipe

Easy Spice Cake

This easy spice cake with cinnamon spiced whipped frosting is delicious. Buttermilk and brown sugar keep the crumb tender. Make in 9x13 pan or round pans.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword 9x13 cake, buttermilk spice cake, easy cake recipe, from scratch cake, sheet cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 460kcal


For the cake:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


For the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugars.
  • Add the vanilla and eggs. Mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, soda and spices.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the cake alternately with the buttermilk, mixing between each addition.
  • Fold in the walnuts.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top springs back when you touch it.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely.

For the frosting:

  • Beat the cold cream until slightly thickened. Add in the sugar, vanilla and spices. Continue to beat until thickened.
  • Spread the whipped topping on the cooled cake.
  • Store in the refrigerator until serving.



The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1.6mg