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cinnamon streusel spice cake

Cinnamon Streusel Spice Cake

This spice cake tastes like quintessential fall. You will love the warm flavors of the spices, crunch of the streusel, and the creaminess of the cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices

Ingredients
  

Cinnamon Streusel

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted

Spice Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz full fat cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Cinnamon Streusel

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl.
  • Spread onto parchment paper and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Cool completely.

Spice Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8" cake pans. You could also use three 6" pans or two 9" pans.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the brown sugar and butter together on medium high until fluffy and pale - about 2-3 minutes
  • Add eggs one at a time on medium speed, fully incorporating after each addition.
  • Add in vanilla extract.
  • Alternate adding the dry ingredients and buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  • Bake about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let cakes cool about 10 minutes in the pan. Then place them on a wire rack to cool completely.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and cream cheese together on high - about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the powdered sugar slowly.
  • Add the vanilla and cinnamon and beat until light and fluffy - about 3 minutes.

Assembly

  • Level your cake layers using a knife or cake leveler.
  • Place one layer of cake on a turntable or cake stand. Top it with a bit of frosting and your desired amount of streusel.
  • Repeat with the next layer(s) of cake.
  • Coat the outside of your cake with a light layer of frosting, also known as a crumb coat. Then put the cake in the fridge about 30 minutes.
  • Take the cake out and decorate with remaining frosting and streusel as desired.
Keyword cinnamon cream cheese frosting, cinnamon streusel, spice cake