Mace is aromatic with a fragrant nutmeg odor that works well when used in custards, light-colored pastries and cakes such as donuts. It can also be used to enhance the flavor of certain soups, chicken pies or sauces.
The addition of a small amount of mace may improve chocolate drinks and tropical punches. Mace is often used in meat stews that contain lamb or veal.
Mace is very similar to nutmeg but with a stronger flavor and a lighter color. It is often substituted for nutmeg in dishes such as mashed potatoes, where the darker nutmeg flecks would be undesirable. A small amount of mace adds a fragrant and subtle flavor without being overpowering.