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Soft & Flavourful Spice Cake


  • 2 ½ cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened until easily spreadable
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar


  1. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position; preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and lightly flour a metal or disposable foil 9×13-inch pan.
  2. Whisk flour, cornstarch, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Mix milk, eggs, and vanilla extract in a 2-cup measuring cup.
  4. Beat softened butter into flour mixture in a large bowl with an electric mixer, first on low, then medium, until mixture forms pebble-sized pieces.
  5. Add about 1/3 of the milk mixture and beat on low until smooth.
  6. Add remaining milk mixture in two stages; beat on medium speed until batter is just smooth.
  7. Add brown sugar; beat until just incorporated, about 30 seconds.
  8. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
  10. Cool briefly on a wire rack, then run a table knife around the edges to loosen.
  11. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack.
  12. Let cool completely.


  • The batter can be divided and baked in two 8-inch square cake pans. Take one to a picnic or a potluck; freeze one for later.

Cooking Time

Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:55 mins
Yield:1 9×13-inch cake

Nutrition Facts

  • 275 Calories
  • 13g Fat
  • 36g Carbs
  • 4g Protein