Great Gran’s Spice Cake

spice cake ingredients

I’m a big fan of flavourful cakes and recently I was given a handwritten Spice Cake recipe that has been handed down through four generations. Our Great Grandmother wrote this recipe about 70 years ago.


Did you know Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices.  In Egypt it was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold. source

After following this recipe as it is.  Without changing anything.  (I have been known to change recipes from time to time.  I play around with recipes that’s what I do ;)).  I decided that this is a nice recipe but it can be a bit dry for me.  For some, this texture is what they prefer in a Spice Cake.  But a Cinnamon Buttercream Icing will go well with this Spice Cake if you just need that something extra.   Personally I think this cake has a beautiful flavour and I enjoyed it as it is with a red cinnamon latte.  It was GREAT!

Keep reading for this recipe and then read some more for my take on this recipe. 

Spice Cake


Great Gran’s Spice Cake


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fruit mixture
  • 1/2 cup sultanas or currents


  1. Sift together the flour, salt, spices and baking powder.
  2. Work in the butter and add the sugar and fruit.
  3. Mix to a soft dough with the egg and milk.
  4. Bake in a loaf cake pan in a moderate oven about 3/4 of an hour (350°F)

This recipe didn’t need much “Spicing Up” but I did add a few things here and there.  I also got myself an awesome new Birkmann Cake Mould from Kitchenique and have been waiting for an opportunity to use it.  This was the perfect cake for this beautiful Birkmann’s Cake Mould.

spice cake

 This cake is deliciously moist.  The pecan nuts complement this Spice Cake beautifully.   This “Winter Wonder” is GREAT as it is and can be enjoyed with a warm Red Cinnamon Latte.   

Spice Cake

Enjoy making your own Spice Cake and impress your friends over a warm cup of tea. 

If you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Spice Cake
Serves 12
A beautifully moist and flavourful Spice Cake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1 cup buttermilk
  8. 1/4 cup olive oil
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 cup dark (caramel) brown sugar
  1. 1/2 cup pecan nuts
  2. 1/2 cup dried cranberries, sultanas/currants
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F)
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and spices together. Put aside.
  3. In a electric mixer with a paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and oil until well combined.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time until well combined.
  5. Alternatively stir the flour mixture and buttermilk, in thirds, into the egg mixture.
  6. Mix until just combined.
  7. Fold in the chopped nuts and dried cranberries.
  8. Pour into your silicone mould or into a lined loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 25-30 min in a preheated oven 180 °C (350 °F)
  10. Check your Spice Cake 5 min before it's done.
  11. Take out baked Spice Cake and leave to cool in silicone mould.
  12. Enjoy your Spicy Creation!
Adapted from Great Gran
Adapted from Great Gran
Sweet Monty

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