Make Ahead

Spice Cake with Winter Fruit Compote

November  9, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 45 minutes
  • Serves 10ish
Author Notes

The day(s) before Thanksgiving is a day of shopping, prep work and making anything ahead that you can. This cake and compote can be made a day (or a couple of days) in advance. Just reheat the compote before serving. I like to use different fruits-some that will break down and some that will stay firm; some that are sweeter and some that are tart. —nannydeb

What You'll Need
  • Spice Cake:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • powedered sugar for sprinkling on top
  • Winter Fruit Compote
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 Golden Delicious apples, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 4 Red pears, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 Naval orange, cut in 8 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Calvados, Grand Marnier or brandy
  1. Spice Cake:
  2. Set butter out to soften.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Butter and flour a 10 cup bundt or tube pan. Set aside.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Set aside.
  6. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla. Set aside.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs one at a time.
  8. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the sour cream mixture and mix until well blended.
  9. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  10. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a cake plate to cool completely.
  11. Sprinkle cake with powdered sugar before serving.
  1. Winter Fruit Compote
  2. In a large pot, bring the water, cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla bean and sugar to a boil for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add fruit and reduce to a simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the fruit has broken down and the liquid reduced to your liking.
  4. Remove the cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla bean and orange segments before serving.
  5. Serve the compote warm over a slice of cake.

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Recipe by: nannydeb

Former restaurant manager (and waitress, bartender, etc). I love food: eating, trying new recipes, shopping for it, talking/emailing about it, etc. My foodie friend and pen pal got me interested in recipe contests and also turned me on to food52 and now I'm obsessed!

3 Reviews

drbabs November 9, 2010
Sagegreen November 9, 2010
Love the warm fruit compote! Beautiful.
aargersi November 9, 2010
Wow - this sounds SO good - I bet that cake is incredibly moist, and I LOVE the warm fruit served over it. Well done!!!