Velvet Spice Cake

filed under: Cakes on November 16, 2011


I have been wanting to make this cake since last year, when I first saw Martha Stewart do her  cake.

However, I had to give it a little twist!

So I started with the recipe.  Since I knew that this cake would be covered in many layers of sweet glaze icing, I opted for a less sweet spice cake.

On its own, I would even venture to say that this cake has a slightly salty flavor mingled in with the cinnamon sweetness.

Good thing I am pouring many layers of sugar over top!

But I have got to mention the texture!  I just had to name it Velvet Spice after my fist bite.  Velvet it quite possibly the most perfect word ever when describing this cake.

Velvet Spice cake modified from

Velvet Spice Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr

So I started with the recipe. Since I knew that this cake would be covered in many layers of sweet glaze icing, I opted for a less sweet spice cake.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Velvet Spice Cake
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare chosen pans.
  3. In a mixer, combine together flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, soda, salt, all spice, and cinnamon. Add shortening and milk and mix on medium for about two minutes.

  4. Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing for a few seconds after each egg. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until done.
  6. (My pumpkin pan is about six inches across and 3 inches deep.)

I used my sugar cookie frosting recipe for the white glaze and ended up using an entire bag of powder sugar.

I also wanted to add some pumpkin seeds.

Not just any ole pumpkin seeds… but candied pumpkin seeds!

Candied seeds recipe modified from

Candied Pumpkin Seeds
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

I used my sugar cookie frosting recipe for the white glaze and ended up using an entire bag of powder sugar.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candied Pumpkin Seeds
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds rinsed and dried
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. On a parchment lined baking sheet, spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer.
  3. Toast for 30-45 minutes stirring occasionally. Seeds should appear dry and slightly toasted.
  4. In a bowl, combine two tablespoons of sugar, salt, cinnamon, and all spice.
  5. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium high heat. Once butter is melted, add pumpkin seeds and remaining four tablespoons of sugar.

  6. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. (anywhere from 1-4 minutes.)
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Pour seeds into the bowl with the spiced sugar and stir until coated.
  9. Transfer seeds to parchment lined baking sheet and spread in a flat layer.
  10. *Note: If you like clumps of seeds, there is no need to spread in flat layer.

  11. Make sure seeds are cool before eating.

As well as decorating the base of the Velvet Spice Cake, I also carved out a center portion of the cake and added some inside!

This cake is such a play on textures and flavors.  The crunchy candied pumpkin seeds are a unique and delightful compliment to the slightly savory Velvet Spice Cake.  Its one of those, “I didn’t know I wanted to eat this until I ate it now I want to eat it a lot” cakes.

Perfect for any fall celebration!

And just so you know…

Spice Cake!


This cake is also delicious all on it’s own!

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  • Julia says:

    Fo realz, pumpkin seed oozing out of the middle, you’re like a genius and stuff. No really,!!!!!

  • Diana says:

    This looks delicious and beautiful. I think I could impress my family with that!

  • Shaina says:

    Love this. So creative, Amanda, as always.

  • Red says:

    Mind. Blown. Thank’s so much for posting this!

  • Maria says:

    looks so tasty

  • Sarah Arensen says:

    Wow! Beautiful! I love your photos and I love your cakes. Really fun to look at and makes my mouth water.

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    wow, Amanda! That cake is a beauty! And the love the name…Velvet Spice! Someone ought to come up with a perfume with that name!

  • Terra says:

    What a beautiful cake! Love the pic of the seeds falling out of the cake, so creative! It was so fun to cook with you at the Communal Table with Food Network! Take care, Terra

  • grace says:

    groovy shape, amanda, and it wouldn’t be a creation of yours without some sort of innards twist! 🙂

  • Dorene says:

    Thanks, one more question. I have looked all over for a cake pan like that to make the pumpkin. I even resorted to trying to find old jello molds at my friends to no avail. Can you tell me where I might find one?~Dorene

  • Vanessa says:

    This is so creative! Inspiring. <3

  • Ali says:

    I love how festive this cake is. I’m thinking it’s time to move away from pumpkin pie and this might be the perfect recipe to try this year. Thanks for sharing!

  • Scott Jones says:

    Oh my goodness – this looks and sounds seriously delicious! And love the photos too.

    Glad we were at Food Network’s Communal Table together!

    Best regards, Scott
    (Facebook: Jones Is Hungry; Twitter: @JonesIsHungry)

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  • Jane says:

    Amanda – this is so beauttiful. I will be making this, but I will likely tint the glaze orange.

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    This cake is simply incredible!!! You are a true baking artist!

  • Cheryl DeMunbrun says:

    I can not wait to make this cake! It sounds really good and something that will make people take notice! I love a good spice cake and using the pumpkin seeds–you are fantastic!

    • cindy says:

      Where do you buy the pumpkin pan?

      • Amanda says:

        Hi Cindy… it is a vintage pan I got at a garage sale. 🙂

  • Nikki Coble says:

    This is just a random thought, but I think it’d be really cool if you colored the icing on this cake orange. I think tha it would be visually more appealing. But I love thus idea. Can’t wait for a chance to use it!!