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Holiday Spice Cake with a dollop of whipped cream

Holiday Spice Cake

Everyone needs a little extra spice in their life, right? This Holiday Spice Cake is made with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pecans, and is absolutely delicious!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 379 kcal


  • 2 1/4 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 Tbsp sugar granulated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup oat milk


For the Crust

  • Place 2 cups of the pecans, 1/4 cup melted butter, I Tbsp granulated sugar, and 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse until the nuts become small, uniform pieces.
  • Press mixture into a 9" springform pan and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

For the Cake

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 3/4 tsp of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat 1/4 cup of softened butter together with the brown sugar. Add the egg and beat well. Gradually add 1/2 of the flour mixture, half of the milk, remaining flour mixture, and the remaining milk. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the batter to the top of the baked pecan crust.
  • Arrange the remaining pecans on top of the batter.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Serve warm or cool. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired.


  • If you do not have a food processor, you can chop the pecans by hand into small pieces.
  • You can substitute any type of milk for the oat milk.
  • For the topping, you can divide the pecans in half lengthwise or add chopped pecans.
  • You could also garnish the cake by sifting powdered sugar on top.


Serving: 12slicesCalories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 4gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 192mgPotassium: 207mgFiber: 3gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 308IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 2mg