desserts, weeknight cooking

Autumn Spice Pound Cake

Autumn Spice Pound Cake

I wanted to bake something to take to work this week, but I also had a long day and wanted to do something easy. This cake uses a boxed spice cake mix as the base. I baked this in a loaf pan for easy transportation to work, since my cake carrier is at a friend’s house right now. Next time I’ll probably try it as a bundt cake. It was a huge hit at work, and it didn’t last the day.

Why I have pumpkin pie spice in my spice drawer is still a mystery (I’m not a pumpkin pie fan and would generally just make my own). If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, use ½ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp allspice, ⅛ tsp nutmeg, and ⅛ tsp ginger. You should still add the other ½ tsp cinnamon the cake recipe calls for.

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For the cake:

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 package instant vanilla Jello pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice*
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350. Place all cake ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to combine. (Tip regarding eggs: I always break eggs open into a separate small bowl, or put them in the mixing bowl first. This has saved me many times from having to fish egg shells out of a bowl with everything else in it.)

Grease a large loaf pan or bundt pan, or line the loaf pan with parchment paper. Pour batter into the pan. Bake for about 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely. Make the glaze by whisking together all of the ingredients. If you used a loaf pan, pour the glaze over the cake while it’s still in the pan. If you used a bundt pan, remove the cake from the pan and then glaze.

Lining the loaf pan with parchment paper is great for easily removing the cake from the loaf pan. Cut the parchment so that one piece lines the pan in each direction.

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