Toasted Nut Spice Cake

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins

One of our favorites from my mom's recipe collection, one that is a real crowd pleaser. A long time favorite that has them coming back for seconds and makes for recipe requests.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. If you do not have sour milk - put 1 1/4 tablespoons vinegar in cup and fill with milk, place the cup of milk in small bowl adding the remaining 1/4 cup of milk, let stand for several minutes to sour.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar, add egg yolks and vanilla mixing well.
  3. In large bowl flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt and whisk together to blend.
  4. Dissolve baking soda in sour milk, adding the sour milk and dry ingredients alternately to batter and mix well.
  5. Spread into a 9x 13 pan.
  6. Make meringue - beat egg whites until stiff, gradually add the brown sugar, continue beating until nice and smooth, Spread over cake batter, sprinkle with chopped nuts.
  7. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
Most Helpful

I'm pretty sure this is the same cake my Mom used to make and called it Moroccan Cake!! She said my grandma used to make it probably back in the 30's!! Such a wonderful cake!! Thanks for posting it I thought I'd never find it!!

pattik2478 February 20, 2016

Gerry, what a wonderful cake this is. We love spice cake and topped with ice cream ,made us go back for seconds. I baked this in a round pyrex dish and it worked very well. Great blend of flavors. In my favorites file this will go. Don't those mom's have just the "best" recipes. Thank goodness they share them.

Dotty2 April 06, 2009

Gerry if you were close, I would give you a hug!! My Mum used to bake a brown sugar cake with a meringue frosting, I have tried to find the recipe, but no luck until today!! I experimented with your recipe, I divided the batter and baked half with the added spices (reduced the amounts by half) and the balance without, used 2 x 8" pans. I covered both with the meringue topping; I adjusted the baking time accordingly. I used chopped pecans to replace the walnuts. Now, time to sample the cakes - the texture and taste of your cake is deeeelicious!! Then I tasted the other cake (no spices) and immediately I could taste Mum's cake!! I almost cried with joy!! Thanks Gerry, for a great recipe and for ending my search for Mum's recipe! I will definitely bake this cake again, with and without spices, it a nice moist flavourful cake! Hugs to you!

Elly in Canada June 22, 2008