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Spice Cake Recipe With Peanut Butter Frosting

Our Spice Cake recipe with Peanut Butter Frosting has a tender center with a delicious contrast in the sweet frosting. This combination may sound unusual but trust me, this cake is absolutely delicious. It’s an easy spice cake to make and one of my all-time favorites!

A piece of layered Spice Cake with Peanut Butter frosting between the layers and over the top on a white plate in the forefront. The round cake on a cake pedestal is in the background.

My birthday should be a National holiday. Well, not really but I celebrate it like it is by making our Spice Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting!

A round layered Spice Cake with Peanut Butter frosting on top and between the layers. The cake is sitting on a white cake stand.

Growing up, I always requested my mother’s spice cake with peanut butter frosting. I haven’t had it in years but my memory was having major cravings for it.

I’m not sure what recipe my mother used but I found this recipe in my MIL recipe box. It’s actually called a New Duchess Spice Cake. I knew it would be good when I saw all of the spices and buttermilk listed in the ingredients.

This recipe required me to sift the dry ingredients together and then add the wet ingredients and lastly the eggs. I generally make a cake in the opposite order but went with the instructions.

The only change that I made was to replace the shortening with butter…insert singing here.

Ingredients of Spice Cake

  • All-Purpose Flour.
  • Granulated Sugar.
  • Baking Soda.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Nutmeg. If you don’t use nutmeg or cloves much, make sure these spices are still good for baking. I like to replace unused spices every six months.
  • Cloves.
  • Salt.
  • Dark Brown Sugar.
  • Unsalted Butter.
  • Buttermilk. Buttermilk will add a tangy sweetness to the cake.
  • Eggs.

Ingredients of the Peanut Butter Frosting

  • Powdered Sugar.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter.
  • Unsalted Butter.
  • Vanilla.
  • Salt.
  • Heavy Cream.

How to Make the Spice Cake Recipe

Eating this cake made me feel like a Happy Duchess, and I will definitely make it again! Take a look at how easy it is – these are the steps.

  1. Preheat your oven and spray your pan with baking spray that includes flour *or* grease and flour your pan (s).
  2. Mix the dry ingredients with a sifter.
  3. Add liquid ingredients and beat for two minutes.
  4. Next, add the eggs and beat for two more minutes.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pans, and bake according to the directions. The baking time depends on the size of the pans used, and specific instructions for each step can be found on the recipe card.
  6. Cool completely before frosting the cake for the best results. It’s always tempting to frost this cake early, but if you do you’ll have goopy frosting as it starts to melt.

How to Make the Peanut Butter Frosting

Mix all of the ingredients except heavy cream with the paddle attachment to cream everything together. Add the heavy cream and beat the mixture until it is smooth, light, and fluffy.

A piece of layered Spice Cake with Peanut Butter frosting between the layers and over the top on a white plate.

Tips for the Spice Cake Recipe:

  • You can bake this spice cake in a 9×13 pan if you don’t want to make a layered cake.
  • Ingredients are measured before sifting.
  • This cake would also be delicious with cream cheese or buttercream frosting if you aren’t feeling adventuresome.
  • Anytime you use icing with milk, butter, or cream cheese the cake should be covered and stored in the refrigerator.

Storing the Spice Cake

This cake can be stored in the refrigerator covered for 3 days. Spice cake can also be frozen using air-tight containers. We recommend freezing it before frosting it. To thaw, let the cake sit at room temperature.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Spice Cake Recipe

Do I have to use Cake Flour?

Cake flour makes a cake a little more tender. If you use all-purpose flour, your cake will still be delicious.

You can make your own cake flour! For every cup of all-purpose flour, add 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Do the ingredients have to be sifted?

No, the ingredients do not have to be sifted. However, we’ve found that the cake is lighter and blends together more evenly when the ingredients are sifted together. We measured the ingredients and then sifted them together.

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Products I used for this recipe

Round Cake Pans – I took a cake decorating class and bought these pans. They bake evenly and clean up great too.

Flour Sifter – My daughter bought me this sifter and I love it! It works smoothly and quickly!

Mixing Bowls with Measuring Spoons. A handy set. I use mixing bowls so often I have two sets so that I don’t run out!

A handy spatula for spreading the frosting.

Here are a few more recipes that would make anyone feel special!

Raspberry Chocolate Pound Cake, A decadent chocolate set off by raspberries.

Hershey Syrup Cake. Who could dislike a cake made with Hershey’s syrup? This is the stuff chocolate milk is made of. Yum.

Black Russian Cake with Kahlua filling. Perfect for a dinner party.

Bananas Foster Cake with Praline Glaze. A delicious dessert worthy of praline.

Lemon Pudding Poke Cake. One of my favorite flavors, lemon takes this poke cake over the top.

Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Icing. A great alternative to our spice cake recipe with peanut butter frosting, this one adds the seasonal apple fruit flavor.

Vintage Cherry Chip Layer Cake. Tasty and old-fashioned. A very satisfying and comforting dessert.

Kentucky Butter Cake. This beauty is slathered with a sweet butter sugar glaze. We love how easy it is to make and gorgeous to look at!

This homemade spice cake was everything that I remembered and has been declared my new birthday celebration cake!

A piece of layered Spice Cake with Peanut Butter frosting between the layers and over the top on a white plate.

Spice Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Author: Julie Menghini
Spice Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting is tender and delicious.  This easy cake is filled with a mound of sweet creamy peanut butter frosting.  This combination is a match made in culinary heaven.
4.91 from 20 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Spice Cake
Servings: 15 people


Cake Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 3 eggs room temperature

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter creamy style
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 inch round pans or one 13×9 pan. Line with parchment paper.
  • Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in the bowl of an electric stand mixer.
  • Add brown sugar, shortening (or butter), and buttermilk. Beat for 2 minutes.
  • Add 3 eggs and beat 2 more minutes.
  • Pour into prepared pans and bake 25 to 30 minutes for round pans or 30 to 40 minutes in a 13×9 pan or until cake tests done. Allow round pans to cool at least 15 minutes. Run a knife around the perimeter of the pans and turn onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, combine sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment. Blend until creamy. Add cream and beat on high until light and smooth.


Covered cake can be stored at room temperature for 3 days.
Peanut Butter Icing featured by Ina Garten on The Food Network


Calories: 463kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 8gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 394mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 1gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 520IUCalcium: 56mgIron: 0.8mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!
4.91 from 20 votes (6 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating


Monday 26th of April 2021

We love peanut butter here and the spice added so much more to it! We loved this recipe and I’ll definitely make this again!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Thank you, Beth!


Monday 26th of April 2021

Whoa! What a fabulous cake. The combo of spice cake with a peanut butter frosting is spot on perfection.

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Thank you, Angela! It's my favorite!


Monday 26th of April 2021

Surprisingly so delicious! I love the combination of flavors in this frosting!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

I'm with you! Thank you, Jo!


Monday 26th of April 2021

This peanut butter frosting is amazing for my peanut butter loving husband!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

I'm with your husband! Thanks, Alison.


Monday 26th of April 2021

I love spice cakes, and this one looks amazing! Will be great with some pumpkin spice latte.

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Thank you Biana!

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