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Molasses Cake

Molasses Cake


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

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  • Calories:
  • 298 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 9.7 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 49.7g
  • 16%
  • Protein:
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium:
  • 227 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  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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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.


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.

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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!