Happy 80th Birthday Mum’s Special Spice Cake


January 9, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson

Spice-CakeIt gives me GREAT pleasure in sharing this Happy 80th Birthday Mum’s Special Spice Cake with you today!

Little did I know that I would be wishing my mum an 80th Happy Birthday via my blog today.

Sometimes life doesn’t always unravel the way one might like it to be.

I am happy that mum is surrounded by all her friends from the heavens above including all our family!

I know she is (and has always been) SO proud of me!

Mum would be “tickled pink” smiling from the heavens above that I “once again” (and on her 80th birthday) her Special Spice Cake recipe was shared!

Mum’s recipe is a fourth generation handed down family recipe.

When she would ask family and friends what they would like for Thanksgiving or Christmas, the answer was always the same; “One of you cakes!”

I guess that made her holiday shopping pretty easy eh?

Having said that, she would bake these cakes every year from Thanksgiving, right up until New Year’s Day!

After 35 cakes, I had stopped counting every year!

You could always feel how much she “cared to share” through her cake!

I always wondered where she stored the cakes as after they were baked and wrapped, they would MAGICALLY disappear.

It was only when one year, I stumbled upon her “Magic Cave” (also known as her walk in closet); as it was the coolest place in the house and her shelves made the perfect display!

I WISH now I would have taken photos.

I always believe your loved ones will always hold a special piece of your heart and by sharing memories, they stay alive forever; if only in our hearts and mind. So this Happy 80th Birthday Mum’s Special Spice Cake memory (to me today) made me “feel” mum was alive!

I initially posted Mum’s Special Spice Cake  recipe on Food.com

I was “genuinely” surprised by the “wonderful” reactions, emails, photos, reviews etc.

When I posted this, I heard mum say from above, “I am “SO humbled”, but am “so glad” you shared it too!”

Sharing her family cake recipe always made mum happy!

And I don’t know who got more pleasure with the cakes; my mum in giving them or friends and family receiving them.

I think it is better to give than receive, you?


—no brandy is needed or necessary in making this cake.
—the longer it stays, the better it gets. TRUE!
—I always “thought” the “bubbling action” while mixing the ingredient for the cake was mum’s MAGIC!

What an “extra special” treat when two days before Thanksgiving (when mum would have been assembling her cake ingredients), The Three Week Christmas Spice Cake  was written by Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella; (whom I am a BIG fan)

My mum would have been “chuffed” (Aussie lingo for be very pleased, proud) with Lorraine’s post and photo.

When I first saw the photo, I “knew” mum had also made her presence known.

Do you believe in coincidences?

Lorraine had no previous knowledge about my mum.

My mum was “obsessed” playing Scrabble.

If I close my eyes, I can STILL hear her voice playing with her friend Betty; Princess Svetlana’s mum.

The would play “for hours, days and nights!”

They would “question” each other if something placed on the board was a word or not; I think they wore out the dictionary too!

Perhaps this is where I obtained my “questioning skills

There was “NOTHING better” than to hear them “S-Q-U-E-A-L with delight” when they got a double or triple score!

Indeed,  it “truly” made their Scrabble day!

Happy 80th Birthday Mum's Special Spice Cake
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Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 12
  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons Crisco
  • 1 (16 ounce) box raisins or 1 (16 ounce) box sultanas
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  1. Bring sugar, hot water, salt, cinnamon, allspice, Crisco, and raisins to a boil and SIMMER 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, COMBINE 2 teaspoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon HOT water.
  3. ADD baking soda and HOT water combined to boiled mixture. Do not mix in, just pour in and it WILL sizzle/bubble.
  4. MUST COOL mixture to room temperature.
  5. When cool, mix in 3 cups flour.
  6. Pour batter into greased Bundt pan.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 180C degrees; bake for about 55 minutes or until top springs back and toothpick comes out clean.
Cake is best left for 3 to 4 days before serving.
Looks nice if baked in a fluted Bundt pan and can be wrapped in aluminium foil and then covered in plastic wrap.
Last I heard from Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella, The Three Week Christmas Spice Cake was enjoyed 6 weeks later!

NOTE: See chef mickeydownunder’s  notes on Food.com; am a BIG Mickey Mouse fan in case you are curious.

“Happy 80th Birthday Mum…we miss and love you!” I would love to tell her (but “DO” believe) she “CAN” hear me and see, “HOW much joy” (in turn) I receive in sharing Happy 80th Birthday Mum’s Special Spice Cake on her 80th birthday with thee!!

Do you believe in making birthday wishes?

Have they ever come true?

My wish for my mum is that she continues to smile from the heavens above “knowing” (in sharing her 4th generation handed down family recipe); her Special Spice cake lives on by being “made” by you!


Thank you to debbwl from Food.com for her “special” photo too!

Thank you Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella for making mum and I smile together in reading your The Three Week Christmas Spice Cake too!

Thank you to Anita of On To The Plate http://ontotheplate.wordpress.com/ on for making mum’s cake too! Your photo is beautiful and “exactly” like I remember too!

If you enjoyed this post, feel free to FOLLOW via Twitter, LIKE via Facebook, SHARED via Google+ and LOVED being PINNED…on Pinterest!

All comments “on my blog please”, shares and pins MAKE MY DAY!

Twitter, Google+, Facebook and StumbleUpon buttons are conveniently located at the end of the blog; a “quick click” and a friend can too share the enjoyment of Happy 80th Birthday Mum’s Special Spice Cake!

If anyone decides to make Mum’s Special Spice Cake, I will be “more than happy” to share your blog and photos too!

Mum says to say….JUST be visiting today, you have made her day!

I hope you enjoy reading about Happy 80th Birthday Mum’s Special Spice Cake as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you!


41 thoughts on “Happy 80th Birthday Mum’s Special Spice Cake

  1. swathi says:

    Belated birthday wishes to your mom, spice cake looks delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

  2. This sounds really delicious!

  3. Susie Gall says:

    Love your post and I am looking forward to trying your mom’s recipe. It looks delicious.

  4. What a wonderful sweet post Joanne! I am so glad you shared it with us at the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! I can’t wait to try Mum’s Cake! =) Have a terrific week sweet friend!

  5. This spice cake looks delicious – I haven’t had one in years and I don’t know why because I really like them. Pinning. Stopping by from Happiness is Homemade party.

  6. what a wonderful tribute to your mom! Thank you for sharing it. Will definite give this a try as soon as I figure out what crisco is 🙂

  7. theninjabaker says:

    Looks like your mommy is still pouring her love into you via your baking…And through divine coincidences <3 Hugs to you on your mommy's special day and always <3

  8. What a fantastic Spice Cake, one of my favorites and I can’t wait to try this new recipe

  9. Thank you for the recipe… I love fruit cake and it was one my Mum could eat. Maybe she can join your Mum and let her know how I get one 🙂 Cheers Susan x

  10. Stacy says:

    What a great cake, Joanne! I know your mum must be very pleased to see “her” cake shared with the world. I am in awe of anyone who bakes 35 plus cakes to give away! She must have been an amazingly generous woman!

  11. I love spice cake, Joanne! Yours look so good!

  12. G’day Joanne, I love your post and I’m sure your mum is very proud and excited that her memory and cakes live on and on. I’m a big spice cake fan and I can’t wait to make this cake.

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe and your memories of your mum on Foodie Friends Friday Mother’s Day party.

    I look forward to seeing you again next week for the Foodie Friends Friday BBQ party.

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

  13. Kim says:

    I can also say … the cake was definitely a hit. Delicious! And a Happy Birthday to Mum as well.

  14. Debbwl says:

    To Joanne’s mum Happy Birthday!! Your cake has spread as much happiness as you wonderful daughter has. Yes Joanne’s mum you sure knew how to bake up some very sweet spice treats and your memory lives on through them. Thanks so much!

  15. I loved this cake so much Joanne! Not just for the taste (which was fantastic!) but also for the story behind it. And I was so chuffed myself when you told me that she played Scrabble! What a coincidence for my to pull out those Scrabble tiles for that cake 😀 Happy 80th Birthday to your mum!!

    • Thanks Lorraine! I don’t believe in coincidences, and believe it was mums way (through your post and photo) of mum letting me know she had seen it too!
      A very big thank you! WHOO HOO! Mum says thanks for the birthday wishes too! 😉

  16. Pamela says:

    Oh, I completely forgot about this cake! I have had the recipe saved for a long time, thanks for the reminder!

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