My Best Spice Layer Cake Is Perfect for the Holidays

My Best Spice Layer Cake
My Best Spice Layer Cake creates holiday cheer.


If you truly believe in the spirit of the holiday season, this is the time of year meant not just for giving gifts, but to share goodwill toward all. Whatever you’re doing now as you get into that spirit, I wish you well from my heart and hope all kindness you extend to others is repaid tenfold.  One way to spread holiday cheer and the joy of the season is to bake something as a food gift for others such as my Best Spice Layer Cake recipe.

Today, I wanted to do something special for a relative that has been sick.  I thought what better way to make her Saturday brighter than with my best spice layer cake.  My Best Spice Layer Cake recipe is easy and makes three moist, light and fragrant nine-inch layers that once topped with your favorite butter cream icing is simply decadent.


My Best Spice Layer Cake cut
My Best Spice Layer Cake disappears once it gets cut.

You may think this cake sounds like a lot of work.  However, you would lose because there is no butter to cream since this recipe uses oil.  Basically, this just involves gathering all your ingredients and mixing just to incorporate everything.

I do advise using your measuring spoons, especially when using baking powder or baking soda.  It is important for your cake’s success to level those spoons or you can ruin it.

I hope that you try this recipe because it is given in the true spirit of spreading joy.


My Best Spice Layer Cake, unfrosted
This is what the three layers look like unfrosted.


My Best Spice Layer Cake



3 cups of sifted flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder, leveled
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of ground cloves
½ teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
2/3 cup of canola oil
1-1/2 cups of sugar
3 large eggs
1-1/4 cups of milk
3 tablespoons of molasses (light or dark, whatever you have on hand)
1 teaspoon of vanilla


Mix your oil with sugar and eggs, one at time with your electric mixer.

Sift your dry ingredients together in another mixing bowl and slowly add to the creamed mixture, alternating with the liquids (milk, molasses and vanilla) until all the ingredients are combined.

Grease and flour or line with wax paper  three nine-inch layer cake pans.

Divide the batter between three cake pans and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 25 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool in the pans for about 12 minutes before attempting to remove.  If you try to take them out too soon, you can end up with the cake breaking.

Frost with your favorite butter cream frosting.



piece of my best spice layer cake
This is what my Best Spice Layer Cake looks like once cut.




  1. Gala
    December 20, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Thank you for the sharing the recipe . I'm not good at baking and always thought that cake would be impossible to make but with you instuctions I'm going to try it today, I have all ingredients ready.

  2. Mary Balandiat (Nuts 4 Stuff)
    December 20, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Honestly, this is so easy and works well using oil. Why work when you don't have to? Let me know how it turns out for you.

  3. Jerry Marquardt
    December 20, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    This Spice Layer Cake looks great to make for my Christmas Eve. Thanks for a great recipe, hope I do as good as you did in the photo.

  4. Mary Balandiat (Nuts 4 Stuff)
    December 20, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Hi Jerry,You just won't believe how easy and fool-proof it is until you make it. The layers even bake up evenly. I honestly love this recipe. I promise! Tell me once you taste it what you think.

  5. Brenda
    December 21, 2015 / 4:47 am

    You took such good pictures of your cake, I can almost taste it!

  6. Mary Balandiat (Nuts 4 Stuff)
    December 21, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    Hi Brenda,If you lived closer, I would invited you over to have a piece. You got to try this recipe because it is goof-proof and so simple to throw together.

  7. Brenda
    December 21, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    Mary, that would be fun if we lived closer!

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