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cinnamon spice cake

Cinnamon Spice Cake

Savory, full-flavored sweet dessert.  It will become a family favorite.  Great for a family event or pot-luck dinner. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, sheet cake, spice cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 -20 pieces


For the cake

  • Baker's Joy - for spraying the quarter sheet cake pan
  • 1 package plain spice cake mix - I used Duncan Hines
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of sweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup safflower oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the frosting

  • 8 Tablespoons = 1 stick of butter; room temperature
  • 3 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar; sifted
  • 3 - 4 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Place a rack in the center of oven; preheat to 350ºF
  • Spray Baker's Joy on all sides of quarter sheet pan
  • Place cake mix, buttermilk, applesauce, oil, eggs, and cinnamon in large mixing bowl.
  • Blend with electric mixer on low until incorporated (I used my KitchenAid paddle)
  • Stop machine and scrape down the sides of bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Increase mixer to medium speed and mix for two minutes more.
  • Scrape down sides of bowl again, if needed.
  • The batter should be thick and well combined.
  • Pour batter in the quarter sheet pan, spread evenly.
  • Lightly tap the pan on the counter, to remove air bubbles in the batter.
  • Cook for 30-35 minutes or until top of cake springs back, when touched.
  • Cool in the pan, on a cooling rack for 10-15 minutes, then flip the cake out onto some parchment paper and allow it to completely cool before icing.
  • For the Icing:
  • Place butter in a large mixing bowl; blend with electric mixer on low speed till fluffy.
  • Stop the machine; add sugar; 3 Tablespoons of the milk; vanilla; cinnamon
  • Blend on low speed till incorporated, 1 minute.
  • Increase speed to medium and beat until fluffy. If the icing seems stiff, add remaining Tablespoon of milk
  • Spread on cake.
  • Top with chopped pecans.