Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Cake Recipe

My friend Cassie (of Northern Native Photography) and I wanted to do some baking the other day and since I hadn’t made a cake in some time, we decided on a mini layer cake. The problem? We couldn’t figure out what flavor of cake to make.

Everything sounded good! But then I went to get coffee, which is what I always do when I can’t make a decision, and the woman sitting next to me was drinking a chai latte. It smelled delicious and in that moment, I realized I needed spice cake. So spice cake I made.

If you’re craving a little bit of sugar and spice, then this is recipe is for you.

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Cake


3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

1 ½ cup buttermilk

5 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

(for the frosting)

8 ounces cream cheese

¾ cup butter

3 cups powdered sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla


·      Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

·      In a large standing mixer or mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, butter, brown sugar, and buttermilk.

·      In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla. Add to the batter in three additions.

·      Divide batter into pans

·      Bake 15-20 minutes

·      Remove cakes from pans and let cool

·      Beat cream cheese and butter together

·      Add powdered sugar and vanilla

·      Frost cake, use flowers and macaroons to decorate if you so choose