Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Stephana Bottom
Prep Time
35 Mins
Cook Time
25 Mins
Chill Time
2 Hours
Serves 8

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 3 9-inch round cake pans, line bottoms with parchment paper and grease parchment.

Step 2

Make cake: Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir together milk and sour cream. Beat half of flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined, then stir in sour cream mixture. Stir in remaining flour mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Divide batter among pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool pans on wire racks for 10 minutes, then turn cakes out and cool completely.

Step 3

Make frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Slowly add confectioners' sugar, beating until well combined and smooth. Beat in vanilla. If frosting is too soft, set it in refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes to firm up, then beat it again before icing cake.

Step 4

Assemble cake: Place 1 cake layer on a serving platter and spread with frosting. Add second layer and spread with more frosting. Top with third cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake. Chill approximately 2 hours before serving.

Ratings & Reviews


July 05, 2017
I made this for my husband's birthday and he loved it. It is a very good cake. I will make it again. 

hamstergirl1300's Review

June 12, 2014

Marie604's Review

November 13, 2009


November 24, 2015
This cake is delicious and moist! The spices aren't too overpowering and the cream cheese frosting is a lovely pairing. Definitely a new favorite.

Dense and delicious

March 28, 2016
This cake was very successful with my foodie daughter. Granddaughter age 6 loved it too--I wasn't sure based on the quantity of spices. It was even better the second and third days. One change I made to the frosting. After filling the middle with the recipe as written, I added almost 2 cups of confectioners sugar, a little more vanilla and enough milk to make it spread well. This made a very smooth frosting and a very professional look to the cake before adding decoration. Great frosting recipe that way.