Spice Holiday Cake

Spice Holiday Cake. Delicious recipe baked from scratch.  Topped with a cream cheese icing and chopped pecans. Makes a fantastic cake for Thanksgiving, Christmas or a Birthday party.

Spice Holiday Cake.

Delicious recipe baked from scratch.

Topped with a cream cheese icing and chopped pecans. Makes a fantastic cake for Thanksgiving, Christmas or a Birthday party.

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Spice Holiday Cake
Ingredients
For Cake:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light molasses
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup finely ground toasted pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
Garnish:
  • 2 cups chopped toasted pecan halves
Spice Cake Icing:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 3 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 7 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
For Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with nonstick baking spray with flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium-high speed with a mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add molasses, and beat until mixture is combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ground pecans, cinnamon, allspice, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternating with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour. Add vanilla and ginger. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans.
  4. Bake until layers are firm to the touch and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Spread Spice Cake Icing between layers and on top and sides of cake. Press chopped pecans up sides of cake as desired.
For Spice Cake Icing:
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium high speed with a mixture until fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and salt, beating until mixture is well combined, approximately 6 minutes.
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