November is here, bringing a chill and sending leaves dancing into the air. With the shorter daylight hours making for restless children, we are pleased to share with you a recipe that will warm hearts and fill tummies. This spice cake is a joy to make and even more delightful when shared with loved ones. The toppers will give your cake a little extra seasonal flair and keep children busy all afternoon!
Here's what you'll need
For the cake toppers
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup of warm water
- Festive cookie cutters
- Rolling pin
- Wooden skewers
- Watercolors and fine brushes
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
For the cake
- 3.5 cups of spelt flour
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 4 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
- 1 stick of softened butter (extra for buttering the pan)
- 1 cup of milk
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup of honey
To make your cookies:
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a bowl, mix 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of warm water (the ratio is 2:1:1).
Knead until smooth dough forms.
Using a rolling pin, roll out your salt dough until it is approximately 1/8th of an inch thick (the thinner, the better).
Use cookie cutters to cut out small stars, toadstools, toys, or other whimsical objects.
Place your cookies on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
Bake for 2 hours.
Once baked, let your ‘cookies’ cool for 15 minutes.
Paint your cake toppers with watercolors.
Let your ‘cookies’ dry for 30 minutes 11. Using a hot glue gun and glue sticks, adhere your cake toppers to wooden skewers.
For the spice cake:
Set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a mixing bowl combine 3.5 cups of spelt flour with ½ cup of sugar and 4 teaspoons of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add 3 teaspoons of cinnamon and ½ teaspoon of ground cloves.
Add 1 stick of softened butter and combine.
In a separate bowl combine 1 cup of milk with 4 organic eggs and ½ cup of honey.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine until the dough becomes dense and creamy.
Pour into a buttered cake pan and bake for 25 minutes.
Once your cake cools, insert the cake toppers into your cake. Display your cake on a holiday table or dig in right away!
Thank you to our guest contributor and friend, Franzi Shelton for this amazing blog post!! Franzi holds a Masters of Education from UC Santa Barbara and is a secondary science teacher. She is also a mother of two wonderful children who creates the more inspiring Waldorf crafts, recipes and more on Instagram.