I just love an old fashioned cake. A cake that tastes fresh and that is made with simple, basic ingredients that don’t overpower each other. When the weather turns colder, there’s nothing more inviting than a warm, moist cake baking in the oven. Around the holidays, Molasses Cake will fill your home with a gingerbread aroma that makes everyone feel warm and cozy. This Old Fashioned Molasses Cake is made with buttermilk and lightly spiced for a delicate but delicious flavor. Freshly grated apple is also blended into the batter to ensure a moist cake. This delightful cake can be served warm in the morning with a cup of coffee or tea, or after dinner, by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa. Simply top this cake with a spoonful of of fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for an extra special touch. It also freezes beautifully, so bake a few ahead of time and you will have them ready when your guests arrive this upcoming holiday season!
Old Fashioned Molasses Cake
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 medium baking apple, peeled and grated
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In your Kitchen Aid Mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.
- Add the eggs and molasses and beat together until well blended.
- Sift the dry ingredients together.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk, just until combined.
- Gently mix in the grated apple.
- Bake in a 9 x 9 baking dish, or 9 inch cake pan for 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Do not over bake.
- Cool slightly, cut into squares and serve.
- May be served warm or cold depending on your preference.
- A spoonful of homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top is a wonderful addition to this cake.
- *To freeze, bake the cake in a freezer friendly baking dish, cool completely, cover and store in the freezer. To defrost, leave out at room temperature overnight.