Coleen’s Spice Cake

Coleen's Spice Cake

My kids and I wanted to make a special dessert for our friends who were coming for dinner. I instantly thought of the cake my mother-in-law, Coleen, recently made for us. It was moist and delicious as well as sweet, spicy, and a bit crunchy. The flavors combined beautifully together and the cream cheese frosting topped it perfectly. It is one of the easiest cakes I have ever made and my kids and I had so much fun baking together. I tweaked it a bit by using some brown sugar (instead of all white) and a bit of vanilla. Thanks for the wonderful recipe, Coleen!

Coleen’s Spice Cake:


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 20 oz can of crushed pineapple, plus juice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

How to Make Coleen’s Spice Cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.

Combine all ingredients, including pineapple juice, and mix thoroughly. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cube of butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients together and beat with a mixer until smooth and creamy. Ice the cake when completely cooled.

Garnish the top with a sprinkle of nutmeg for a bit more spice. Enjoy.


Coleen's Spice Cake

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  1. This totally sounds like my kind of cake! I love all the flavors and it looks just delicious!

  2. this cake looks wonderful! I bet the pineapple gives it a unique delicious flavor. I stumbled on your blog and I am so glad I did. I love the Chicken Chile recipe too.

  3. That looks amazing, Pam. I bet your guests loved it.

    Do you think it would work without the cinnamon, as I can’t abide the stuff? I don’t even like the smell of it.

  4. Jan, I don’t know how good it would be (because I love the cinnamon in this cake) but maybe you could use a dash of clove in it’s place. Let me know if it works.

  5. I can just imagine how much fun you and your children must have had baking this delicious looking cake. I’ll take a piece with my coffee if you don’t mind…Please!

  6. Do you know what I’d give for a piece of that right now? It looks fantastic, with that thick layer of frosting!

  7. Hi. I would love to try the cake,I have a question: the only liquid to combine the dry ingredients is the pineapple.Is that right?? No eggs nor oil? Thanks for your blog!

  8. Love spice cake and this one has to be good!! So glad I saw it on Pinterest and will love to repin it! Thank you soo much!!

  9. What do you mean “a cube of butter?” Does that mean all 4 sticks-a whole pound? or just one stick? This looks Delish! Can’t wait to make it!! Thanks!

  10. This looks amazing–can’t wait to try. Does the cake need to be refrigerated once done or can it remain out for a couple of days?

    1. Sharon,

      I’ve never worked with mincemeat so I’m not sure how it would turn out. Let me know how it goes if you give it a try.