This Molasses Cake recipe was published in my great-grandmother’s “Home Comfort Wood Stove Cook Book.” The company started producing wood stoves before the end of the Civil War.
This copy of the cookbook comes from the early 1930s, but no doubt, this recipe goes back to the 1800s. Molasses Cake is a very old, traditional southern dessert. I’ve tried other Molasses Cake recipes but I love the flavor of this one.
The baking instructions were written for a wood stove so you’ll have to determine the best time and temperature for your liking, but I’ll publish the recipe below exactly as it was printed in the cookbook.
I noticed while typing up this recipe that I read the baking time wrong! I baked this too long anyway. Even 40 minutes would’ve been enough by this recipe. I thought it had said 45-55 minutes.
Cinnamon Roll recipe from this same cookbook https://youtu.be/gzeQjObCGdM
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Still, in the future, I’ll start checking this at around the 30 minute mark for doneness.
Molasses Cake – 100 Year Old Recipe!
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup molasses
- ½ cup milk
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp mixed spices
- 1 egg
- Cream butter, and gradually cream in the sugar
- Add molasses and beaten egg and mix
- Sift and measure flour, add baking powder, salt, soda and spices, and re-sift together
- Add flour and milk alternately and mix well
- Bake in well greased shallow pan in a moderate oven (around 350º), baking until toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.