Sugar-and-Spice Cake - White Christmas Dessert Ideas - Southernliving. Recipe: Sugar-and-Spice Cake Readers have told us over and over that they like the convenience of cake mixes, but when we doctored a mix for the revered cover cake, we received a barrage of phone calls and emails. How dare we take a shortcut? What was the world coming to when the Southern Living Christmas cake was made from a mix? Lesson learned.