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5 from 2 votes

Snowman Spice Cake

This cake is made using a Nordic Ware Snowman cake pan. I found mine at Williams-Sonoma.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Adapted From A Williams-Sonoma Recipe


  • 3 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 2 sticks- unsalted butter
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • Vegetable shortening for greasing pan don't use butter or oil
  • Wondra Flour to flour the pan
  • Powdered Sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Grease and flour your snowman cake with a good vegetable shortening and a fine flour like Wondra. Tap out any excess flour.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt.
  • In a small bowl, combine the milk and vanilla.
  • Using a flat beater, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add your granulated and brown sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Reduce the speed of your mixture to a lower setting, and add the flour and milk mixtures, alternating the two, beginning and ending with the flour.
  • As you're adding in the flour and milk, beat each addition just until it's mixed in, stopping as needed to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Spoon the batter into your snowman pan, dividing it evenly between the two halves and spreading a little extra into the head area of the pan.
  • Tap the pan onto a work surface a few time to ensure the batter gets down into all the little indentions of the pan and to release any little air bubbles in the batter.
  • Bake until the center of the cake springs back when touched and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Mine actually took around 65 minutes.
  • Transfer pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool upright in the pan for 15 minutes.
  • Tap the pan gently on a work surface to loosen the cake.
  • This would be a great time to slice off any cake sticking up above the pan with a serrated knife since the back of your snowman will need to be flat for assembling.
  • Set a cooling rack over the top of the cake and invert the pan onto the rack. Your cake should come out easily.
  • Let the cake cool completely, 3 to 4 hours, before assembling and decorating.