birthday spice cake.

Brett's Birthday17165 Brett's Birthday17168Yesterday was Brett’s birthday (the big 3-2!). Naturally, there was cake. Birthday spice cake to be exact. You’ll remember that cooking and/or baking from scratch is on my list of things I don’t do, but lucky for Brett, I made a special exception for his birthday. Here’s the recipe in case you find yourself in need of a spice cake this holiday season!


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk


1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease and lightly flour two 8 inch round cake pans; set pans aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger; set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Pour into prepared pans.

3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake layers on wire racks for 20 minutes. Remove cake layers from pans. Cool thoroughly on wire racks, about 30 more minutes. Frost with desired frosting (we used rainbow chip frosting because what other kind is there?).

Our adorable (and reusable!) cake banner is from Lingering Daydreams. Use promo code HEART2013 for 10% off her shop now through December 31st!

*recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Bridal Cookbook
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13 Responses to birthday spice cake.

  1. This is beautiful, and I’m sure it tasted delicious! I discovered your beautiful blog over the weekend and find your perspective and style so refreshing. Thank you for writing and sharing with others!

  2. Natalie says:

    That bunting cake banner is too cute! This cake sounds delicious. I love a spice cake, especially in the fall : )
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  3. Robyn says:

    Perfect for this time of year too! Looks fab- well done!
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  4. michelle says:

    Love that it’s frosted in rainbow chip – the best! Happy Bday Brett!
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  5. lacey says:

    rainbow chip — my favorite! happy belated birthday to brett! c;
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  6. jenna says:

    yum! that sounds so delicious. you have me in the baking mood ­čÖé
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  7. Kelly says:

    Yum! Looks so delicious and I love that banner!
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  8. Sarabell says:

    We LOVE rainbow chip frosting!

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