old fashioned molasses cake

Old Fashioned Molasses Cake

Molasses Applesauce Cake

I can remember the first time I made a molasses cake. I was about 17. The recipe was in one of my Mom’s “women’s magazines”. I loved the earthy flavor that the molasses gave the cake.

I also remembered that the cake had applesauce in it. I canned a lot of applesauce last fall and have been looking for recipes using applesauce.

I found the original recipe last night and decided to make the cake. I did change a few ingredients around. The recipe I originally used had shortening in it. I swapped it out for butter. I also added more spices.

It is every bit as wonderful as before. Moist, not too sweet, with just a kiss of spices. So, if you have a jar of molasses and some applesauce, give this cake a try.

Molasses Applesauce Cake

2¼ c. flour

1 t. baking soda

1 t. cinnamon

1 t. salt

½ t. nutmeg

Pinch of cloves

4 oz. butter, softened, 1 stick

1 c. applesauce

1 c. molasses

1 egg

¾ c. raisins, plumped in warm water, then drained well, optional


1½ c. powdered sugar

2 T. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish. Set aside. In mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and stir to blend. Cut in butter to resemble coarse crumbs. Add remaining ingredients to flour mixture and stir until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Spread out evenly. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool cake then top with glaze. To make glaze, combine powdered sugar and lemon juice in small bowl, stirring until smooth. Pour over the cake.  Serves 8.         

Molasses cake, cooling down

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