17-36: Grandma’s Spice Cake

I don’t know about you, but my grandma is not much of a baker. Or a cook. In fact, if it can’t be cooked in a microwave, she’s really not that interested. However, someone at Simply Delicious must have had a grandma who liked to bake, since they included 17-36: Grandma’s Spice Cake.

17-36 Grandma's Spice Cake
I suppose they called it Grandma’s Spice Cake because it’s “old-fashioned”. Regardless of if an actual grandma baked/created this, it’s actually pretty good.

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My mom probably never made this, but she’s into carrot muffins and chocolate zucchini muffins right now–she’d probably be into it these days.

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Ingredients. I subbed out cranberry jam for a tart cherry/apricot one I got from the CSA service, fresh ginger for dried, and LF half-and-half for whipping cream. I didn’t have cardamom at the time, so I used allspice instead.

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Melting butter in my trusty butter melter. I’m usually not one for one-use tools, but this thing is pretty nice to have when you need it.

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Mixing it up in my stand mixer. Why do it by hand if I can do it with a machine? I miss having machines at work–I have to do everything by hand now.

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Nice and light. This helps to make your cake more airy and less heavy.

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Everything else–it’s kind of pretty in a simplistic way.

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Adding in the jam after mixing the rest of the ingredients. This jam was pretty liquidy, but it seemed to work out in the end.

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Greased and floured my pan. DON’T touch it after you do this or it’ll never be even–you can see where I messed it up on the left hand side of this pic.

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All integrated–looks like spice cake batter to me. Smells like gingerbread.

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Ready for the oven. If you put it in the toaster oven like I did, move the rack down or you’ll get peaking/burning on the top, which you don’t want.

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Final product–you can see the peaked/burned top from being too close to the heat. I don’t have a good slice shot of this one–I made it along with 1-22: Onion-Potato Diamonds for a get-together I went to that evening. The ladies there did LOVE it though, so as long as you don’t burn the top, it’s a hit.

Grade: A

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