Grandma's Cider'n Spice Cake

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Karen From Colorado

An old fashion spice cake my grandma used to serve to the neighbor ladies when they came to visit. She served it with coffee and gossip. She could throw this cake together in no time when she was expecting company. I found this and others in an old book I forgot I had.

Top Review by Jenny Sanders

This was lovely, with a rich and subtle flavour. I didn't notice the cider particularly, but the honey, molasses and cardamom (a spice I have not used before) were just a delightful combination. I left the glaze off, and put in some chopped apples instead, since I bought a half-bushel of apples in a fit of enthusiasm and am now putting them in practically everything. I think it would have been better without them especially as they seem to be a variety that does not soften with cooking. That's obviously no fault of the recipe; this is just a terrific little cake.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream sugar and shorttening in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in molasses and honey.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and add 1/2 to the creamed mixture; beat until moistened.
  4. With mixer running at low speed, blend in hot cider.
  5. Add remaining dry ingredients, mixing well.
  6. Add egg and vanilla; beat for one minute on medium speed.
  7. Spread batter in a greased 8 inch square baking pan.
  8. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes or until a pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  10. Prepare glaze by stirring apple jelly and apple cider together in a small pan.
  11. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until jelly is melted and mixture is smooth.
  12. Spoon hot glaze over the cake and sprinkle with walnuts.
  13. Cool.
  14. Top with whipped cream or a mixture of 8 oz whipped cream and 1/2 cup sour cream and sprinkled with a little bit of cinnamon or ginger.

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