One of the key ingredients in snickerdoodle cake is cinnamon. There are a couple of ways to add cinnamon to the cake, whether that’s by mixing it with the rest of the ingredients or by adding a cinnamon swirl throughout the batter. Either way, the result is that you get hints of this spice when you bite into your cake.
Another ingredient that you’ll find in snickerdoodle cake that makes it different is buttermilk. Buttermilk not only helps give it a lighter texture but also adds a bit of tang to the taste. Snickerdoodle cookies also sometimes have a bit of a tang to them, although in that case, it’s typically thanks to the addition of cream of tartar. By adding buttermilk to your cake batter, you can replicate those same flavor notes.
Besides what goes in the batter, this dessert also stands out thanks to its icing. Some bakers prefer to top their treat with cream cheese frosting, while others prefer to go with classic or American buttercream. You can also amp up the seasonal spice flavor of the dessert by adding a bit of cinnamon to the icing or making it using brown sugar. All of these ingredients help make it a flavorful and delicious dessert full of warm and cozy spices that remind you of autumn.