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Spice Cake with Maple Frosting

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Have you ever walked into a house that smells like the holidays? I had this friend growing up that every time we went to her house once fall hit it smelled like she was always cooking up something full of spices and it was all kinds of amazing. That’s what this spice cake with maple frosting is like.

It’s warm, soft, crumb is lovely but the spices with that sweet maple frosting is what’s really a kicker. It is fantastic! It’s based off of my mom’s cookie cake which if you haven’t had that, well get on it! Even if you don’t think you like spice cake, or cake in general, you will love this one.

Spice Cake with Maple Frosting, and let's be honest the aroma that fills our house is amazing just like the taste. ohsweetbasil.com

There’s a splash of apple cider which adds a new depth of flavor without tasting like apple at all. Although if you like apple like we do, I INSIST you try our apple butter sheet cake with brown butter apple frosting. It’s soooo yum! And the maple frosting, yeah I could eat it by the spoonful. And maybe we did just that…

Why Do Cakes Fall in the Middle?

There are several reasons why cakes fall.

If the temperature in the oven is too high, the cake will rise rapidly and then fall in the middle.

Opening the oven door or banging the door shut can cause a cake to fall.

Too much baking powder or baking soda, or expired baking powder or soda will cause a cake to sink in the middle.

Over beating the batter will put too much air in the batter, and it will sink as the air bubbles pop during baking.

Also, if you let the batter sit too long after mixing, before baking, the cake will fall.

What Frosting Goes Well On Spice Cake?

Cream cheese frosting is the classic choice for Spice Cake.

Caramel frosting, brown sugar frosting and maple frosting are amazing on spice cake.

Spice cake is also good when topped with whipped cream.

Can You Freeze Spice Cake?

You can freeze spice cake.

Wrap in will in plastic or foil and freeze for up to 3 months.


Spice Cake with Maple Frosting

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Spice Cake with Maple Frosting

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 -12


  • 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla

For the Frosting

  • 1/4 Cup Butter melted
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 1/2-3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Maple Extract


  • Heat oven to 350
  • Pour the water and apple cider into a large glass measuring cup and heat in the microwave until hot.
  • Dissolve the baking soda in the mixture.
  • Mix the shortening and sugar and then add the egg and mix until smooth.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and spices.
  • Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the soda water in a standing mixer. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  • Add the vanilla and pour into a 9x13" baking pan that is coated with nonstick spray.
  • Bake for 20-25 min or until springy.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • While still warm, top with frosting.

For the frosting

  • Using a handheld mixer, mix the frosting ingredients until smooth and frost the cake.


cake can be frozen for up to 3 months
Nutrition Facts
Spice Cake with Maple Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 373
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 26.1mg9%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 44.2g49%
Protein 2.7g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

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