Old Fashioned Molasses Cake

Vanessa Thompson


This was a personal favorite of my dad's! He loved this cake.

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Perfect for dessert or brunch, this cake is a terrific mix of sweet and robust flavors... Love! The Test Kitchen


★★★★☆ 24 votes

5 Min
30 Min


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2 Tbsp
land-o-lakes butter, softened (this makes it taste more old-fashioned)
1/4 c
1/2 c
dark molasses--amount depends on type( if you use light use 3/4 cup)
1 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1/4 tsp
ginger, ground
1/4 tsp
cinnamon, ground
1/8 tsp
1/2 c
hot water
9 Tbsp
fat-free cool whip (optional)

How to Make Old Fashioned Molasses Cake


  • 1In a small bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg. Beat in molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with water, mixing well after each addition.
  • 2Transfer to a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares; garnish with whipped topping.

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About Old Fashioned Molasses Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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