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4 from 3 votes

Old Fashioned Spice Cake with Caramel Frosting

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: cake
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy spice cake, old fashioned spice cake, spice cake with caramel frosting, spice cake with vegetable oil, spice cake without molasses
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 524kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • Spice cake
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups cake flour see notes for substitutions
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup milk

Caramel cream cheese frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/3 cup jarred caramel sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in the center.  Prepare cake pan with parchment and/ or baking spray.
  • Beat the sugar and vegetable oil with an electric mixer on medium speed in a large mixing bowl.  Add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  • Add the milk and dry ingredients to the sugar mixture, alternating between the milk and the flour mixture.  Mix on low until just combined.  Batter will be thin.
  • Pour cake batter into prepared pans and bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on wire rack completely before frosting.  Frost and refrigerate until serving.


  • If you don't have cake flour, you can substitute 2 cups of all purpose flour and 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • Like many recipes with spices, this cake is best when made a day before serving.
  • This recipe will fit in a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan or 2 (8 inch) round or square cake pans.


Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg