OLD FASHIONED MOLASSES CAKE


Jewel Hall Recipe

By Jewel Hall 0124


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MANY YEAR AGO SUGAR WAS SCARCE. AFTER COTTON PICKING TIME WAS OVER A FAMILY WOULD USUALLY BUY A 50 LB BAG TO LAST UNTIL SPRING. I WILL NEVER FORGET WHEN I WAS REAL SMALL I KNOCKED A BOTTLE OF TURPENTINE OFF INTO THE OPENED 50 LB BAG OF SUGAR, MY MOTHER DIPPED OFF THE TOP PORTION. BACK THEN IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA FARMERS GREW SUGAR CANE. THEY HAD A SUGAR CANE MILL WHERE THEY PROCESSED THE CANE INTO MOLASSES WITH MULES TIED TO IT AND THEY WOULD GO ROUND AND ROUND TO MAKE THE CANE STRAIN OUT THE MOLASSES. MOLASSES WAS EATEN WITH FRESH BUTTER AND HOT BISCUITS. CAKES WERE MADE WITH MOLASSES INSTEAD OF SUGAR. MY MOTHER MADE MANY MOLASSES CAKES..NOW LET'S WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE.

Ingredients

1 1/2 c
all-purpose flour
11/2 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp
ground ginger
1/4 tsp
ground cloves
1/4 tsp
salt
1
egg, beaten
1/2 c
butter, melted
1 c
molasses
1/2 c
hot water

Directions Step-By-Step

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PREHEAT OVEN TO 375 DEGREES, GREASE A SQUARE 9X9 INCH BAKING PAN, SIFT FLOUR, SODA, SPICES AND SALT, SET ASIDE.IN A LARGE BOWEL WITH ELECTRIC MIXER, BEAT EGG, BUTTER, MOLASSES AND WATER UNTIL COMBINED. ADD FLOUR MIXTURE AND BEAT UNTIL SMOOTH. POUR INTO GREASED PAN AND BAKE 30 TO 35 MINUTES OR UNTIL TOOTH PICK COMES INSERTED IN THE CENTER, COMES OUT CLEAN. COOL PARTIALLY IN PAN ON RACK. CUT INTO SQUARES AND SERVE WHILE WARM. THIS IS AN OLD RECIPE.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy


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7 Comments

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Ryley Culver Ember8302
Feb 15, 2015
My family hails from central Alabama, and my grandfather was talking recently about a "syrup cake" that his grandmother used to make with molasses. He said that it was so hard that his grandfather would soak it in his coffee, and that the children would crumble it into buttermilk. Does this recipe make a hard cake? I'm trying to figure out how to replicate it for him. Either way, I plan to try this out for my dad -- he loves to eat biscuits with molasses and butter!
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Barbara Harmon bjsrecipes
Feb 8, 2015
This sounds wonderful and certainly takes me down memory land because my grandmother would make this often. Thanks so much for sharing.

By the way, do you have a recipe for old fashioned fruit cake made with home canned fruit? Nannie, my grandmother, would make one of these delicious cakes every holiday, but as far as I know there was never a written recipe. It looked a lot like a jam cake.
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Heidi Ripke-Curcio Heidilouise
Jun 11, 2014
My Aunt used to make a Molasses cake. My sister told me this weekend that she loved it. I am going to surprise her with it when she is here on Friday. She would ne over 100 years old if she were alive today. Let's hope it is like my sister remembers it. Either way I am sure she will like it!
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Tasia Ingram candy821
Dec 6, 2011
I wonder if I could use this recipe to make Rum cake?? I'm going to try it out for Christmas!!