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


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In your Kitchen Aid Mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.
  3. Add the eggs and molasses and beat together until well blended.
  4. Sift the dry ingredients together.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk, just until combined.
  6. Gently mix in the grated apple.
  7. 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.
  8. Do not over bake.
  9. Cool slightly, cut into squares and serve.
  10. May be served warm or cold depending on your preference.
  11. A spoonful of homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top is a wonderful addition to this cake.
  12. Enjoy!
  13. *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.