Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream Frosting

2 1/3 cups (575 mL) all-purpose flour
1 cup (250 mL) white sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
1 tbsp (15 mL) ground cinnamon
1 tsp (5 mL) ground nutmeg
1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger
1 tsp (5 mL) cloves
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
2/3 cup (190 mL) shortening
1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk
3 eggs

Buttercream Frosting:
½ cup (125 mL) shortening
½ cup (125 mL) butter, softened
1 tsp (5 mL) maple flavoured extract
4 cups (1 L) icing sugar
2 tbsp (25 mL) milk

Preheat oven to 350◦F (175◦C). Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans or one oblong pan. In a large bowl, sift flour, white sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt together. Add brown sugar, 2/3 cup shortening, and buttermilk. Beat 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Bake at 350◦F (175◦C) for 30 to 35 minutes in cake pans, or oblong pan for 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Frost with Buttercream Frosting.

To make frosting: Cream butter and shortening together. Add maple flavouring. Gradually add icing sugar. Add milk slowly and continue beating until light and airy. Add more milk if necessary. Decorate as you wish.

Makes 12 servings. 

Nutrient Analysis:
Calories: 710
Carbohydrates: 99
Fat: 33.7
Protein: 5.7
Sodium: 408.9