Anyway, fall is FINALLY here. And it is my favorite season- the cool air, the changing leaves, the warm yummy foods! Yesterday I made a batch of spice cakes to celebrate the season- even though today it's supposed to hit 80 degrees. Go figure.
These cakes are easy and you can make 2 loaves, or many smaller cakes. I opted for 1 loaf (made in a 9 inch loaf pan) and 5 smaller cakes to give away as gifts. The beauty of these cakes is that the flavor is nice and light without being overly sweet, with just a hint of spice. Perfect for serving with coffee!
Combine all dry ingredients and mix. Combine all wet ingredients (milk, vanilla extract, oil, eggs) into a separate bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients and stir to combine, until batter is smooth. It may look a little liquid-y, but trust me, it comes out perfect!
Divide batter in two, and pour each half into a greased 9 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean. Cool on wire racks.
To make the glaze, combine confectioner's sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Add water until you get a smooth glaze. Consistency of the glaze will be quite thin.
Once cakes are mostly cool, use a pastry brush to brush the tops of the cakes with your glaze.
Loaves can be sliced and frozen. Slicing ahead of time makes it easy to defrost slices as needed : )
Enjoy! More fall cooking and baking to come!