Hillbilly Spice Cake


My Mom asked me to bring a dessert for Sunday dinner, so I browsed through a church cookbook and found a recipe called Hillbilly Cake. I thought it sounded tried and true, so I gave it a whirl.  It turned out beautifully!

Hillbilly Cake is a very easy spice cake to put together. I had all the ingredients on hand except for the raisins. I love recipes like that, don’t you?

The cake is a perfect “spice”  flavor and the topping is incredibly chewy, gooey and delish! My husband claims it’s the best cake he’s ever had…I would tend to agree with him. 🙂

I couldn’t get over how quickly this cake came together. From start to finish, I probably spent 30 minutes on it. This will definitely be my go-to recipe for unexpected guests!

Have you ever heard of Hillbilly Cake before?

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  1. This looks like incredibly yummy comfort food! Thanks for sharing! Question for you…I am getting ready to do a trial period of going gluten free for various health reasons. When you post recipes that call for flour do you always use the white spelt that you mentioned in a previous recipe?

  2. This cake is called War Cake in my Family. We have always made it in a Loaf Pan. The only icing I have ever used is a glaze. The topping, I’ve made for another recipe. It’s delicious. I definitely will try your way & I probably will love it! Thank-you.

  3. Interesting…reminds me of shoo-fly cake. Looks like it and the ingredients are similar. Ever taste that Lancaster County treat?

  4. I love spice cake so this really caught my attention. I tried it on Saturday and it was ok but I think I did something wrong. You said you got the recipe from a church cookbook…does it mention how long or to what temperature to boil the first ingredients? And for the topping do you just mix those items together or do they also require any cooking? My cake had a kind of strange texture, no eggs, right?
    Hopeful about trying this again with better results, Jill

  5. I was looking for a recipe that my Aunt used to make that she called Hillybilly Cake, it was a spice type of cake and she used Apple Butter on top and between the layers.

  6. Yes I have great memories of this cake. I remember our Mom making it for us back in the 60’s. Ive searched and seen several versions of this cake but this seems like the one she made. Thanks!

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