a fall spice cake.

i just love all the spices that aromatically sprinkle the fall season.
cinnamon. nutmeg. pumpkin pie spice. apple pie spice.

there is such comfort in all of those scents.
they just make me want to curl up on the couch 
with a blanket. a cup of hot tea. my lovie. & my baby bundle.
all while the house is filling with fall spices baking in the oven.

that is exactly what our afternoon looked like.

well. kind of . . .

while lovie watched football. and our little bundle took his afternoon nap.
this mama whipped up one of her fave fall treats.
and then snuggled up on the couch & pretended to watch football.
i will do anything to impress my lovie.
{it was only enjoyable because i had this beauty of a fall spice cake wafting in the air}

so i can hardly wait to share this spice cake with you.
it will quickly become a go-to in your collection of recipes.
it surely has been my go-to for nearly ten years.
{oh my goodness. have i been baking for that long? that makes me feel old}

i do have to admit.
i am a bit embarrassed to tell you.
this cake does. in fact. come from . . . eeeeeeek . . . a box mix.
there. i said it. its true.
pretty please don't judge me.
after you try this cake. you will be thanking me.
i promise. cross my heart. you will thank me.
not only because it is divine & scrumptious.
but because it is so impossibly easy to whip together.

so. here it goes.

one box yellow cake mix
{i whispered that to you. so that nobody else can hear}
one box of instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup canola oil
4 eggs
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 cup of white wine
{it can be any white wine. cheap wine is just fine}

mix all of these ingredients together for about 4-5 minutes.

finely chop 1/2 cup of pecans.
sprinkle those into the bottom of a greased & floured bundt pan.
pour the batter into the pan. 
& then bake it for one hour at 325 degrees.

while the cake is baking. prepare the glaze.
oh. the glaze. how i love thee.
this glaze makes the cake incredibly delicious.
do not skip this step. trust me. you will love the glaze.

melt one stick of butter.
combine the melted butter with one cup of sugar & 1/4 cup water.
let this mixture boil for 3 minutes. stirring the entire time.
remove from the heat & add in 1/4 cup of white wine.
stir again. set aside.

when the cake is done baking.
poke a ton of little holes into the top.
{i use a wooden skewer}
then pour half of the glaze all over.
i mean. like drench it. drench it good.
the holes will allow the glaze to soak into the cake.
making it so amazingly moist.

after the cake has cooled completely you may take it out of the pan.
pour the remainder of the glaze onto the new topside of the cake.
cut. serve. & enjoy.

{try not to go back for seconds. i double dare you}

alright little lovelies. get your recipe cards ready . . .
your friends will certainly be asking for this recipe after you bake it for them.


  1. Kristen, I have been using this - your recipe - for years now, too, thanks to you! We call it White Wine Cake at my house. I have one colleague in particular who just assumes that when I have a gathering at my home, it will include this cake! Yummy!
    Karen White

  2. I'm baking this for my Thanksgiving dinner! I have been dreaming about this recipe ever since you posted it- can't wait to taste it!!



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