As far as I recall this cake was published by Royal Baking Powder way back in the 50's. My mother made it regularly and it was our favourite cake. Do not substitute and do not cut down on the spices: rather choose another recipe! The spices are what makes this cake just that bit extra special! I lost the recipe, and recently found it again in a very old recipe book! I'm posting this as it was written, except I tried to make the directions a little clearer.