Emeril Lagasse's recipe for buttermilk spice cake is highly rated by reviewers at FoodNetwork.com. His recipe yields enough to make a two-layered spice cake, but this version does not include a recipe for frosting. A highly rated recipe for a one-layer spice cake is featured at Allrecipes.com.
To make buttermilk spice cake, cream a whole stick of butter and brown sugar using an electric mixer, and slowly mix in 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. This recipe requires five eggs to be separated and the yolks beaten into the mixture, one at a time. Continue beating until they are well blended. In a separate bowl, sift together all of the dry ingredients, including the spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Next, mix the dry ingredients, and buttermilk, into the sugar mixture, alternating between the two ingredients. Beat the egg whites until stiff, fold them into the batter, and divide the mixture among the two cake pans.
The single-layer spice cake has a rich flavor due to its use of brown sugar, unsalted butter and spices such as allspice and ginger. To make this cake, beat the butter into the dry ingredients, varying mixer speeds as require. Stir the milk into the mixture in two stages, and add the sugar last.