brown sugar cake

Spiced Brown Sugar Cake Recipe

Autumn is here, and that means stepping in from the cold and warming up with cosy bakes. This spiced brown sugar cake is topped with a shop bought icing to make life even easier, but you could leave it plain, or serve it warm with custard if you like.

Prep time 15mins | Bake time 45mins | Makes 1 cake


200g soft dark brown sugar
200g unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
200g self-raising flour
1/2tsp baking powder
1tbsp mixed spice
2tbsp milk
100g caramel icing (optional)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  • Beat the butter and sugar using a hand-held electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and milk.
  • Decant the mixture into a lined 8inch round spring-form tin and bake for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool completely in the tin before icing and serving.