This Spice Cake Recipe is perfect for holiday parties and when you bake it in a sheet pan, it makes sharing even easier. Balanced flavors make this a hit!
A large sheet pan spice cake that can feed a crowd? Um, yes, please! This spice cake recipe is the bee’s knees and even has an amazing frosting that you are going to love.
How many times do you find out last minute about a pot luck happening and have nothing available to throw together or can’t think of a large dish that fits in your budget and time constraints? Trust me, you aren’t alone!
This spice cake recipe can feed a crowd, be pulled together in no time and not ruin your grocery budget. -It’s like the magical unicorn you didn’t know you needed.
How to make this spice cake
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine your flour, sugar, spices and whisk them together.
- Create a well in the dry ingredients and pour your oil, water, vanilla, and vinegar into the well.
- Whisk everything together until just combined.
- Spray half a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and line it with parchment paper. Then spray again. This helps to get the paper to lay flat and makes clean up easier!
- Pour your cake batter into the prepared pan and smooth it out into an even layer.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick can come out clean.
How to make the cinnamon frosting
- In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, and maple extract. Whisk until smooth. You can also use a stand mixer or a hand-held electric mixer.
- Add in the spices and the powdered sugar and continue whisking until fluffy.
- Slowly add in your cream as you mix, you may find that you don’t need to use all of it.
- You want the consistency to be thick enough that it holds its shape, but also be smooth.
- After the cake has finished cooling, spread the spice cake frosting evenly over the top of the cake and sprinkle lightly with more cinnamon. Enjoy!
Can I make this in a different pan?
Yes you can! If you don’t want to make a large sheet pan cke, you can also choose between cupcakes, a 9×13 baking dish or cake pans. Just make sure that you adjust the baking time accordingly.
What does spice cake taste like?
It tastes exactly like autumn, in the form of a delicious cake. That being said, it’s pretty close to a carrot cake in flavor, but without the shredded veggies.
Spice Cake Recipe
For the Spice Cake
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 3 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger
- 1 pinch pepper
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
For the Cream Cheese Buttercream
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 teaspoons maple extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon cream or milk
For the Spice Cake
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Combine flour, sugar, and spices and whisk together.
- Create a well in the dry ingredients.
- Add oil, water, vinegar, and vanilla to the dry ingredients.
- Whisk until just combined.
- Spray a half sheet pan and line with parchment. Spray again.
- Pour batter into a sheet pan and smooth into an even layer.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
For the Cinnamon Frosting
- Combine cream cheese, butter, and maple extract.
- Whisk until smooth and combined, 1-2 minutes (I use a hand mixer, a kitchen-aid or by hand works too).
- Add spices and powdered sugar.
- Whisk until fluffy, adjusting the consistency with the cream 2-3 minutes. You may not need all of it so add it gradually, 1 teaspoon at a time.
- The consistency of the icing should be smooth but hold its shape.
- After the cake has cooled, spread the frosting evenly over the top of the cake. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon, if desired.