Old fashioned Molasses Cake- recipe


I’ve been asked for this recipe by several who have commented on the latest IMK post.

Here it is.


2 Tbsp 
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



In 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.

Transfer 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.


This is really good- not too sweet, not too spicy, just a good molasses flavor coming through!

10 thoughts on “Old fashioned Molasses Cake- recipe

    • I used a round 9 inch tin. I couldn’t find the square one and wanted to show off the cool spinner on the bottom that loosened the cake after baking. 🙂

  1. Thank you so much for posting this recipe, Heidi. Guess what I shall be making tomorrow?! Not sure whether I shall go square or round but whichever it is, I hope it has that gorgeous melting, texture of yours! E x

  2. Delicious! looks very like the gingerbread I was eating the other day, only I have no idea what was in it, apart from ginger…. You are a great baker !

    • Thanks Joanna- One has to be a decent baker if one likes to eat good cakes and breads. My hunger has been the impetus for my baking. The spices could easily be doubled to go the gingerbread route.

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