Molasses Cake

Molasses cake is a deliciously rich, tender and moist cake filled with molasses, brihgt lemon zest and lots of cozy warming spices. Top this old fashioned cake with powdered sugar.

Preheat the oven to 350 F (177 C). Lightly grease and line the bottom and two sides of a 9 x 9  inch (23 cm) cake pan with parchment paper.

Step 1:  

In a microwave safe cup, heat water to hot and mix in the molasses until smooth and well combined.

Step 2:  

In a mixing bowl whisk the all purpose flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves and salt together until well combined.

Step 3:  

In a large mixing bowl, beat the brown sugar and lemon zest together until they are the consistency of wet sand. Beat butter and lemon sugar together until light and fluffy. This takes about 2-3 minutes on medium speed.

Step 4:  

On low, beat in the egg and warm molasses water until smooth and well combined. Mix the dry ingredients into wet until just combined.

Step 5:  

Evenly pour the molasses cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake the ginger cake for 28 - 32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Step 6:  

Cool the pan in the pan for 10 minutes. Top with powdered sugar, a glaze or cream cheese frosting, slice and enjoy!

Step 7:  

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