I made these for a fellowship last week at church. I liked how tall the cake got and it was quite tasty.
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 sticks cold butter cut into Tablespoons
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a 9x13 pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until well combined and crumbly -- mixture should stick together when grabbed my the fistful and squeezed, and there should be no chunks of unmixed butter. Set aside 1 1/4 cups of crumbs.
In the bowl with the rest of the butter/sugar/flour mixture, add all of the spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the buttermilk. Stir until just combined.
Pour in prepared pan and top with crumbs that you set aside. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.