1 cup butter (softened), 2 cups sugar, 3 eggs (lightly beaten), 3 cups flour, 1 T. cinnamon, 2 - 3 t. ground cloves, 3/4 t. baking soda, 1/4 t. salt, 1 cup buttermilk, Confectioners' sugar; optional.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs; mix well (mixture will appear curdled). Combine the flour, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
Pour into a greased and floured 10" fluted tube pan (Bundt). Bake at 350 degrees for 50 - 55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack; cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.