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How to Bake a Winter Spice Cake

On a snowy & blustery day, you’ll be glad to know how to bake Winter Spice Cake.

tube cakeNot to mention, we serve this cake with a Hot Cake Sauce – absolutely divine!

Enjoy the warm aromas of comforting spices throughout the house, and bring smiles out on everyone’s face.

Winter Spice Cake:

Hamilton Beach Trigger Ice Cream Scoop in Black with Stainless Steel - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comServe with ice cream, if desired, and the decadent, hot cake sauce, like flowing lava over a moist & fluffy volcano of a cake! The combination is sure to be a favorite with family and guests.

Cozy up by the fireplace, and enjoy a slice!

Type: Cake Recipe

Recipe Right Fluted Tube Cake Pan - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comYield: one 9 inch tube cake pan
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 45 – 55 min

  • Note: It is important to have all ingredients at room temperature before you begin.


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  • Note: Have available a greased 9 inch tube pan, or 8 inch or 10 inch fluted tube pan.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Large Mixing BowlIn a bowl, whisk together until thoroughly combined, the following dry ingredients: cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, cayenne, salt & orange zest. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy, using a mixer or hand mixer.
  4. Gradually add brown sugar, and beat on high speed until light & fluffy – about 2-4 minutes.
  5. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, and then beat in pumpkin puree.
  6. Hamilton Beach Mini-Silicone Spatula - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comOn low speed, add the flour mixture in 4 parts, alternating with the buttermilk or yogurt, and beat until smooth.
    • Note: Be sure to scrape the sides with a rubber spatula, to ensure all the flour has been incorporated.
  7. Using clean beaters, in another clean bowl & on medium speed, beat egg whites & cream of tartar for 30 seconds.
  8. KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer in Metallic Chrome - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comOn high speed, gradually add white sugar to the egg whites, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form, but the whites are not dry.
  9. With a rubber spatula, fold 1/4 of egg whites into the flour & egg mixture, until well dispersed. Fold in the remaining egg whites.
  10. Scrape the batter into the prepared tube pan & spread evenly.
  11. Bake 45 – 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. Remove cake from oven & cool for 30 minutes. Then, allow to cool upside down, on a wire cooling rack, until cake reaches room temperature.

Hot Cake Sauce:

maple syrupThis thick, Hot Cake Sauce topping my Winter Spice Cake has just a hint of maple flavor.

This is another dessert that warrants sneaking into the kitchen for a midnight snack. Mom and I often cross paths, during our late night forays into the kitchen for snacks.

Type: Sauce Recipe

Yield: about 2-1/4 cups
Prep Time: about 30 min


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  1. Vollrath 4qt Sauce Pan - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comMelt butter in sauce pan.
  2. Stir in sugar, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice or ground ginger, salt & water, and stir until sugar dissolves & thickens somewhat. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg until frothy.
  4. Add a small amount of sauce to frothy egg, and whisk vigorously.
  5. 10 Inch Stainless Steel Flat Whisk - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comGradually add egg mixture to the sauce pan, stirring constantly.
  6. Return to heat, and stir until sauce has thickened to the degree desired.
  7. Remove from heat, and stir heavy cream into the sauce.
  8. Drizzle over or smother your winter spice cake with hot cake sauce, for a positively glorious dessert.

How to Make Haskap Lady Apple Brandy - cookingwithkimberly..comWinter Spice Cake is well complimented by Hot Cake Sauce. Try spiking it with 1-2 tbsp of rum, brandy, bourbon or liqueur of your choice for an adult treat!

Carrot Cake - foodbuzz.comThis dreamy sauce can be served drizzled over carrot cake or corn bread, over ice cream, yogurt or to dip fresh fruit, to name a few other uses.

If a dessert could be described as being hearty, this cake, drizzled with the thick, hot cake sauce, would easily fit that description.

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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