Recipe by Carol
"This is not that common of a cake, but it sure is good."
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eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups
packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups
I'm just reviewing the cake, not the icing...and the cake is wonderful. It's tender and delicate, with a lovely nutmeg flavor. Because the cake itself is quite sweet, I think a cream cheese icing would work really well with this recipe, too. I made a maple-brown sugar buttercream because I wanted something that tasted like fall (if you know what I mean). I baked cupcakes instead of a layer cake; it made 15 regular-sized cupcakes. I baked them for 20 minutes (I had two pans of cupcakes; the first pan was done in 20 min. and the other pan took another minute and a half.) I would definitely make these again.
Not a bad cake but it was just ok in my opinion. I added layers of toasted pecans/brown sugar in between with the cream cheese icing and I think that is really what made the cake good. The recipe by itself is just ok.
My review is for the cake only, as I chose to use a different frosting. I made this recipe as cupcakes and what a pleasant surprise it was. This cake far exceeded the expectations I had for it. It is moist, delicately spiced with nutmeg (I used freshly grated), with a substantial yet light crumb. Frosting these with Cinnamon Coffee Frosting, also from this site, was like a match made in heaven. The proof was this: I beckoned Hubs to try a cupcake so that I might get his opinion for my review. I somehow missed that he had already eaten two of them, apparently when I blinked.
What a delicious change from the usual spice cake. I love nutmeg and I really loved this cake! Served with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream, it was the perfect dessert!!!
I made this cake with fresh nutmeg and it was fabulous. I did not use the frosting recipe with it instead used homemade vanilla buttercream frosting. I will make this one again!!
This cake was moist and delicious, with the flavor of the freshly grated nutmeg that I used shining through. The caramel icing was the perfect complement to this pleasant change to a traditional spice cake.
YUM! If you like nutmeg this is the cake for you! I love gingerbread, but this is a close second. I did not use the frosting recipe here I did not have cream in the house. But used a home made buttercream frosting with just a tablespoon of cocoa. I also made it into a 9x13 pan so I can take to work for a co-worker treat. I also substituted Kir milk for the buttermilk. It worked fine. My daughter is lactose intollerant and kir is a help with rationing lactose in her diet. I am she will like this. I tried a sample before she came home from school.
This cake is really, really wonderful! I ground my own nutmeg (There is SO much more complexity to the flavor than what you get in the pre-ground bottled variety. I purchased whole nutmeg seeds at Penzeys.), and this cake showcased the flavors exquisitely. The cake was very tender and moist. As far as the frosting, I can't say I'm a fan, though. Made per instructions, I did not have enough frosting for the sides of the cake, and the flavor didn't really compliment the cake. Next time (and I WILL make the cake again), I will take the other reviewers' advice and choose perhaps a butter cream.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 132
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