White washed houses, adorned with multicoloured (Chinese) lights, doorsteps and courtyards beautified with aipen (traditional Kumaoni motifs made with ocher and rice paste), marigold garlands and imprints of the feet of the Goddess lakshmi at the entrance – Yes there is festivity in the air!
Villagers from the hills come down to sell their produce – marigold, chrysanthemums, walnuts, first harvest of winter vegetables and fruits.
Villagers from plains too set up temporary stalls selling jaggery, hand made clay lamps and sugarcane. A visit to the market is a visual treat these days
Coming to today’s post, I had been mulling over making spice cake for a long time. With winters setting in, it is just the right time to make one and enjoy with a cup of hot tea with friends who come to wish Diwali……

A boy selling hand made clay lamps in the market.

2 ½ cups All purpose flour
2 eggs
½ cup (100 Gms) butter
1 ½ cups sugar (powdered)
1½ cups butter milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
½ teaspoon dried ginger powder
½ teaspoon clove (powdered)
½ teaspoon nutmeg (powdered)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Beat together butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add vanilla essence. Beat the white of the eggs till stiff. Sieve together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and all the spices. Add the yolks to butter sugar mixture mix well and add the whites of the eggs. Now add flour mixture adding a little buttermilk at a time. Mix well ensuring there are no lumps. Repeat  the same with the remaining flour.

Pour the batter in a greased and lined round cake tin about 8” in diameter and bake in a pre heated oven at 108 degrees C for 35 minutes or till a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the cake tin after five minutes and invert in the rack to cool.

Will be sending this recipe to the Bake Fest #13 organised by Anu's healthy kitchen.
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  1. i havent tried spice cake before nicely done

  2. Hi.. Measurement for buttermilk please

    1. Hello Amy, the recipe uses 1 1/2 cups buttermilk. The recipe uses the complete quantity of buttermilk. Hope this helps. Happy Baking!

    2. Actually, I wanted to know how to make buttermilk for the cake? Is it out household traditional way- churning 1.5 cup yogurt with 1cup water and adding salt and roasted jeera to it? Or do we use some other buttermilk recipe for cakes?
      I googled and found one recipe- mixing 1cup milk with 1 tbsp lemon.. I m confused! Which one to use..

  3. Hello Namita.. I would like to bake this cake tomorrow. Plz do advise on the recipe for making buttermilk for cake whenever you have time.. Thank you.

    1. Hello Amy, You can make buttermilk easily at home. Take one cup milk at room temperature, add 1 tablespoon white vinegar or 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir. Your buttermilk is ready. Happy Baking Amy!

  4. How long will this cake stay at room temp,please guide as i need to bake a cake which lasts for about a week

    1. Hi Mamta, This cake would last for a week at room temperature (in winters).

  5. Hi, I am planning to bake this cake, it looks delicious. How do u get that fine sugar glaze on top? Deepa

    1. Hello Deepa, use icing sugar or finely ground sugar. Happy Baking!