Spicy Spice Cake with Orange Frosting

R made a cake while I was stuck in tech.  R made a delicious, spicy cake.  It was wonderful the next morning as breakfast… don’t worry I also had coffee for breakfast.

This spice cake is spicy.  I tried some without the frosting, the cloves and nutmeg gave a wonderful spicy heat.  The frosting is sweet, but not overly, a strong orange zest accents the spice of the cake.  You don’t need much of this cake as it is packed with flavor.  Bake this cake for someone special just because.

If you were to top this cake with a chocolate frosting be prepare for a very rich dessert.  Chocolate would go well with the spiciness of the cake, perhaps vanilla would work too.  The orange frosting would go great on a white cake as well to add some zest.

Plus, this was R’s first time doing decorative frosting on cake.  My man is pretty impressive.

Alright, here’s the recipe:

Spicy Spice Cake with Orange Frosting
makes one 9″ two layer cake

Cake:
3 cups flour
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tbsp allspice
1 tbsp black pepper
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour two 9″ round cake pans.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, black pepper, and chili powder in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl cream butter.  Add sugar and cream until smooth.  One at a time add egg, mixing between.  Add buttermilk and vanilla, mix until smooth.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients while mixing.  Mix until smooth.

Bake for 40 minutes.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.  Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:

1/3 cup sour cream
16oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups confect. sugar
1tsp vanilla
zest of two large oranges
In a mixing bowl at low-medium combine cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and vanilla slowly. When smooth, add zest. Add sugar 1/2 cup at a time until desired stiffness of frosting. Allow to cool 45 minutes in fridge, then apply to cake.
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