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Christmas Spice Cake

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This spice cake will hit holiday dessert out of the park at your next celebration. Warm cinnamon and nutmeg is perfectly highlighted when baked over a wood burning fire.

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  • 2 1/2 Cup flour

  • baking powder

  • 1 Teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 1/2 Cup sugar

  • 3/4 Cup white wine

  • 1/2 Cup vegetable shortening, plus more as needed

  • 1 Tablespoon molasses

  • 2 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 Cup butter, softened

  • 8 Ounce cream cheese

  • 4 Cup powdered sugar

  • 2 Tablespoon milk

  • 1/2 Cup toasted walnuts

  • 1

    Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  • 2

    When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 350F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

    350 ˚F

  • 3

    Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices into the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir in the sugar.

    • 2 1/2 Cup flour

    • Tablespoon baking powder

    • 1 Teaspoon salt

    • 1 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon

    • 1/2 Teaspoon ground ginger

    • 1/4 Teaspoon ground cloves

    • 1/4 Teaspoon ground allspice

    • 1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg

    • 1 1/2 Cup sugar

  • 4

    Put the wine in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Add enough shortening to bring the liquid up to the 1-1/4 cup mark.

    • 3/4 Cup white wine

    • 1/2 Cup vegetable shortening, plus more as needed

  • 5

    Add to the dry ingredients along with the molasses and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the milk and the eggs and beat 2 minutes more.

    • 1 Tablespoon molasses

    • 1 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 6

    Divide the batter equally between the prepared pans. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean.

    350 ˚F

  • 7

    Cool for 10 minutes, then carefully remove the cakes from the pans, transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely.
  • 8

    For the cream cheese icing: Beat together 1/2 cup of room temperature butter and one 8-ounce package of cream cheese. Gradually beat in 4 cups of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency, 1 to 2 tablespoons, or as needed.

    • 1/2 Cup butter, softened

    • 8 Ounce cream cheese

    • 4 Cup powdered sugar

    • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

    • 2 Tablespoon milk

  • 9

    Assemble the cake: Put one cake rounded side down on a plate. Ice the flat side, then stack the second cake on top of it, flat side down. Ice the top and sides of the cake. Sprinkle with the nuts, if desired.

    • 1/2 Cup toasted walnuts

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