This is a moist, not-too-sweet cake with a butter crumb topping. My mother in law gave me the recipe when I became a bride 44 years ago.
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 11×7 inch pan.
2 In a large bowl, mix flour and sugar together. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture as crumbs for top of cake.
3 To the remaining flour mixture stir in the cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt. Blend in egg and buttermilk. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over top.
4 Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.