Serve warm with ice cream, frosted with cream cheese, or all by its lonesome. This cake is always a treat.

Robin
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Sift together salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, flour, and baking soda.

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  • Cream shortening and sugar gradually, then add molasses and eggs. Mix in sifted ingredients. Stir in hot coffee; batter will be thin.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Cool.

Nutrition Facts

297.8 calories; 3.8 g protein; 49.7 g carbohydrates; 31 mg cholesterol; 227.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (32)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2005
My grandmother used to make a cake very much like this when I was growing up. It is a very moist and not overly sweet cake. I substituted hot water for the coffee and it it came out well. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/30/2002
Steer clear of this cake if you value your tastebuds!!! I don't know what the other reviewers were thinking - it was honestly disgusting. It looked and smelled wonderful the texture was ok but it tasted of crude molasses! ive been baking cakes for many years and there is no doubt i followed the recipe correctly - perhaps if you halved the quantity of mollases you'd have a chance but as it was of the 10 people that tried my cake not one could even finish a small slice out of politeness - it was inedible! Read More
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38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2005
My grandmother used to make a cake very much like this when I was growing up. It is a very moist and not overly sweet cake. I substituted hot water for the coffee and it it came out well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2006
Excellent! Made this recipe because of a special request from my Dad. He asked me to make a molasses cake and I found this one. Glad I did he loved it! Don't mind the bad review here this cake was dabomb! I used a glass 9" square pan-greased and it took my cake about 15 min. more in bake time than the 30 min listed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2007
After reading the reviews of this recipe, I didn't know what to think. Nevertheless, I made it and loved it! I don't know why you would make a molasses cake if you didn't like molasses, but even my friends that weren't big fans of the stuff loved the cake. I did cut the molasses by about a quarter cup and frosted it with a black walnut buttercream frosting. I found the texture and flavor to be well worth five stars. I highly recommend this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2009
I made this yesterday. It turned out great. The whole family liked it. I used water not coffee. I don't see anything wrong with this recipe it deserives 5 stars! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2009
I love this cake and often eat it plain with my coffee in the morning. But when I want a special dessert I add a peanut butter icing on the top -- put the icing on while it is still warm out of the oven. Magnificant in taste and so original. Everyone I serve it to absolutely loves it... try it with the peanut butter icing - you won't regret it! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2002
Steer clear of this cake if you value your tastebuds!!! I don't know what the other reviewers were thinking - it was honestly disgusting. It looked and smelled wonderful the texture was ok but it tasted of crude molasses! ive been baking cakes for many years and there is no doubt i followed the recipe correctly - perhaps if you halved the quantity of mollases you'd have a chance but as it was of the 10 people that tried my cake not one could even finish a small slice out of politeness - it was inedible! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2003
This was a great cake. My kids loved it as so did my hubby. What a great smell this gives the home as it's baking. Wonderful in every way!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2010
Wonderful cake but you have to like molasses. Did cut sugar in half (molasses is sweet enough). From reading the ingredients it is very apparent it is for molasses lovers only and if you want to cut back on the molasses flavor subsitute corn syrup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2008
This is for sure a health freaks recipe. I use 100% whole wheat and of course brown sugar. This is my favorite! Obviously if you are not fond of molasses....Don't try it! Read More
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