Spice cake is a delicious retreat that is flavored with a mixture of different spices. The cake can be made in many different flavors and frosting. It is not only delicious but also an easy to make recipe. What’s great about spice cakes is that you can add more spices when you want to increase the spicy flavor or reduce them when you want it a little less tangy. You can also reduce any measure or add flavors, ingredients and make your own frosting to create the type of dessert that perfectly suits your need. This flexibility of the recipe makes it a favorite dessert of so many people. The cake usually has two layers of moist and good amount of spices. Let’s check out what are our options to spice it up.
Allspice is a member of pepper family. It tastes like blend of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. It is commonly used in stuffings, cookies, pies and relishes. I would call it “play it safe option” for your spice cake.
Garam Masala or Chinese Spice powder
Instead of taking the safer route, If you want you cake to be a bit adventurous, you can go for Garam Masala or Chinese spice powder. Both these carry the comfort of cinnamon but also have an extra kick of exotic spices.
Cinnamon, Cloves and Anise Seeds
Ground cinnamon and cloves are a popular choice for many baked items. For a more specific taste, you can increase the amount of cinnamon or clove in the mixture of spices for your cake. They’ll give your cake a warmish spicy flavor whereas anise seed has more of a sweet licorice flavor. Cloves are great for curing the tooth ache and repelling moths. Anise seeds are great for digestion and curing cough.
Unlike cinnamon and clove ginger will give your cake a sweet spicy flavor. It is also a great remedy for seasickness.
Mace is a dried aril of nutmeg. It comes in the form of pressed blades when fresh but it is ground before being used in baked items. It’ll give you cake a soft nutmeg flavor. It is a good choice if you don’t like the exotic flavor of nutmeg in its original form.
Many people say that these are savory spices but you’ll be surprised at what they can do for a care. Like I said you are not limited to a particular type of spice. Spice cake gives you the flexibility to adjust the spices according to your liking. You can also experiment with a combination of different spices and come out with a recipe of your own.