A Three Spice Epiphany Cake Recipe!

Happy Epiphany!

Tonight we'll bless the house and chalk the door and the boys will each get a little new to them book (to help them grow in wisdom ;)  I have a cranberry pork roast in the crock pot which I really hope turns out because we don't eat pork all that often and I'd like to not ruin it.  And thanks to the grace of God I rallied after a rough night with a poor sick baby enough to make a special dessert to celebrate the feast.

Can I admit that I don't really like king cake?  I've made it a few times before from various recipes and I just find it kinda eh.  So this year I decided to put together a three spice cake (get it?  three spices in honor of the three magi gifts?). I had some ingredients I needed to use up as well as a garage saled star pan that's been waiting for this moment its entire dark cupboarded life.  I'm way more excited to eat this than king cake so this might just have to be our new tradition.


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup maple syrup  (the rest of the syrup we made was about to turn hence the motivation for this recipe!)
1 cup plain yogurt
2 eggs

2 cups flour (I used 1 c. all purpose, 1 c. whole wheat)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves


Preheat oven to 350.  Butter and flour your pan well.  (If you don't happen to have a star pan just sitting in your cupboard, a 13x9 or two 9" circle pans also work.)  Cream the butter and sugar on high.  Mix in the maple syrup and yogurt well, scraping sides as you mix.  Add eggs and beat well.  Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl (or not...I admit, I never do and just try to sprinkle so they disperse well rather than dump them in).  Mix dry ingredients into the wet until just combined, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides well.  Pour into your pan and bake 30-38 minutes until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes or so before turning out.  Frost when coolish.

1/2 cup soft butter
4 oz. soft cream cheese
3-4 cups powdered sugar
pinch salt

Mix all ingredients well until a spreadable consistency.  Add several drops of water or milk if needed.  I had some leftover frosting from another cake and used that hence only the top being frosted :)

Enjoy and happy Epiphany!


  1. This looks absolutely delicious!

  2. Three spice cake, in a star pan? That's a winner. Sounds and looks SO good!

  3. Sounds delicious. Three spices... great idea! :) I've never actually had king cake but spice cake is one of my favorites - especially with a cream cheese frosting.
    Hope your sick baby feels better soon!

  4. Oooh, that looks amazing. I'll have to give it to my roommate for homework. ;) She's the baker, I'm the cook. Happy New Year!

    The Starving Inspired - Watch my New Years Movie

  5. Love the sparkles on top!! You have inspired me to get a crown shaped cake pan out of the top cupboard that has been there...well....since I bought it..um...5 years ago! = )
    I am with you on the King cake - not that big of a fan either.


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