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Molasses Cake Recipe

Molasses Cake

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"Serve warm with ice cream, frosted with cream cheese, or all by its lonesome. This cake is always a treat."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9 inch square cake Change Servings


  1. Sift together salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, flour, and baking soda.
  2. Cream shortening and sugar gradually, then add molasses and eggs. Mix in sifted ingredients. Stir in hot coffee; batter will be thin.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Cool.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 17, 2005

My grandmother used to make a cake very much like this when I was growing up. It is a very moist and not overly sweet cake. I substituted hot water for the coffee and it it came out well.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 29, 2002

Steer clear of this cake if you value your tastebuds!!! I don't know what the other reviewers were thinking - it was honestly disgusting. It looked and smelled wonderful, the texture was ok, but it tasted of crude molasses! ive been baking cakes for many years and there is no doubt i followed the recipe correctly - perhaps if you halved the quantity of mollases you'd have a chance but as it was of the 10 people that tried my cake not one could even finish a small slice out of politeness - it was inedible!


28 Ratings

May 04, 2006

Excellent! Made this recipe because of a special request from my Dad. He asked me to make a molasses cake and I found this one. Glad I did, he loved it! Don't mind the bad review here, this cake was dabomb! I used a glass 9" square pan-greased, and it took my cake about 15 min. more in bake time than the 30 min listed.

Apr 02, 2007

After reading the reviews of this recipe, I didn't know what to think. Nevertheless, I made it and loved it! I don't know why you would make a molasses cake if you didn't like molasses, but even my friends that weren't big fans of the stuff loved the cake. I did cut the molasses by about a quarter cup and frosted it with a black walnut buttercream frosting. I found the texture and flavor to be well worth five stars. I highly recommend this recipe!

May 05, 2009

I made this yesterday. It turned out great. The whole family liked it. I used water, not coffee. I don't see anything wrong with this recipe, it deserives 5 stars!

Apr 24, 2003

This was a great cake. My kids loved it as so did my hubby. What a great smell this gives the home as it's baking. Wonderful in every way!!

Feb 12, 2009

I love this cake and often eat it plain with my coffee in the morning. But when I want a special dessert I add a peanut butter icing on the top -- put the icing on while it is still warm out of the oven. Magnificant in taste and so original. Everyone I serve it to absolutely loves it ... try it with the peanut butter icing - you won't regret it!

Nov 11, 2010

Wonderful cake but you have to like molasses. Did cut sugar in half (molasses is sweet enough). From reading the ingredients it is very apparent it is for molasses lovers only and if you want to cut back on the molasses flavor subsitute corn syrup.


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  • Calories
  • 298 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.7 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 9.7 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 227 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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