Amateur Hour

I decided to make a cake for my friend Kevin’s birthday.  I was flipping through cookbooks and looking online and I found the EASIEST cake recipe of all time.  It also happens to be a vegan cake recipe.  The frosting, not so much.  The term “buttercream” makes that obvious, I think.  But this cake was really really good and I got tons and tons of compliments and requests for the recipe so here it goes!  Don’t forget to download the FREE printable recipe cards!

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Spice Cake


3 cups All purpose flour ½ tsp Ground cloves AND Ground Nutmeg
2 cups Sugar 2/3 cups Canola Oil
2 tsp Baking Soda 2 tblsp White Vinegar
1 tsp Salt 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Cinnamon


In a large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, combine water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla.  Slowly add to dry ingredients and beat until smooth (batter will be thin)

Pour into a 13 in. x 9- in by 2- in  baking pan coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.  You could also pour into a round cake pan and cook for about 55 min.

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Spiced Vanilla Buttercream Frosting


1 Stick of Butter (1/2 cup) softened 1 ½ tsp Vanilla
4 ½ cups Confectioner’s Sugar 1/3 cup Milk
1 tsp Cinnamon


In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy.  Beat in sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.  Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency

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When you do start icing the cake, make sure that it is completely cooled.  Otherwise it is going to look like how mine looks, which is like a pinterest recipe gone very bad. Another fun tip, if you dont have birthday candles (which you should!!) use matches and stick them in the cake for a fun little birthday surprise.  Yes, that really happened.

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