Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated January/February 2008, America's Test Kitchen TV

Spice cakes can be bland and leaden. Could we create a tender, airy cake with convincing spice flavor that stands up to a rich cream cheese frosting?

SERVES12 to 14

TIME1½ hours, plus 2 hours cooling

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

The problem with spice cakes? Spice. Some variations suffer spice overload, which makes them gritty and dusty. Others are so lacking in spice flavor that it seems as if a cinnamon stick has only been waved in their general direction. We wan...

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