As I licked the beater blades, I tasted just a hint of nutmeg and clove. A very subtle warmth to the cake. I'm also making a cream cheese frosting for it. Should be stupendous.
I made this last week with the original recipe. I loved it as did all who ate it. It did however, have a flour taste from the whole wheat flour. I just made it again with a few minor changes and additions to alleviate the flour taste and bring warmth into the recipe. I lowered the amount of canola oil to approx. 1/4 cup and then added approx 1/2+ of a cup of unsweetened apple sauce, I added 1 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves for the fall spice. I also added a hefty portion of Pink Floyd on the stereo, and a boody Mary was added into the mix, not the batter, for the chef, ME. : )