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Spice Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

September 23, 2013
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By Beth Hillson 

The crispness of fall begs for recipes with warm, inviting spices and what better way to celebrate the changing seasons than with this easy spice cake.  It starts with Glutino Gluten-Free Pantry Old Fashioned Yellow Cake Mix.  All the dry ingredients except the spices are already included.  The addition of this yummy cream cheese frosting and a garnish of chopped crystallized ginger is the absolute icing-on-the-cake.

Serves 8 spice cake with spiced cream cheese frosting

1 box Glutino Gluten-Free Pantry Old Fashioned Yellow Cake Mix
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 8-x 8-inch pan. Combine mix with spices.  Whisk to blend.

Stir together oil, buttermilk, and eggs. Using an electric mixer, blend buttermilk mixture into cake mixture.  Beat until batter is smooth.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 26-30 min. or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Turn onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Frost with spiced frosting below.

Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipes for “the best” cream cheese frosting are countless among bakers, veterans and novices alike. This version is a traditional winner!  The addition of warm spices is a nice complement to this cake.

1, 4-oz. package cream cheese
3 tablespoons unsalted butter or gluten-free margarine
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
2 to 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1 to 2 tablespoons cream, or as needed
2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger for garnish

Soften cream cheese and butter. Cream together with vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in 2 cups of sugar until spreading consistency is achieved. Add in the spices and blend until incorporated.

If icing is too thick, add very small amount of cream.  If it’s too thin, add additional sugar, ¼ cup at a time.

Frost the cake and sprinkle ginger evenly over the frosting.

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