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Old-Fashioned Molasses Cake Recipe

Old-Fashioned Molasses Cake Recipe

This old-time spice cake is lower in fat but big on flavor. Serve it warm for breakfast on a frosty morning or have a square with hot cider on a snowy afternoon. It's a great cold-weather treat. —Deanne Bagley, Bath, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:9 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 9 tablespoons fat-free whipped topping

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg. Beat in molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with water, mixing well after each addition.
  • 2. Transfer to a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares; garnish with whipped topping. Yield: 9 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 148 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 205mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (17g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1/2 fat

Reviews for Old-Fashioned Molasses Cake

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"Love the texture...love the taste. No one could eat just one piece."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"Love the texture...love the taste. No one could eat just one piece."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"Just like the cake my grandmother made! So Quick and easy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"We loved this . It was moist,light & delicious. Served warm with Sundy brunch was a big hit"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"We loved this cake. Light , moist and delicious. Great warm for Sunday brunch"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"Thie is a simple delightful recipe. I highly recommend it and have sent it to some friends."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"My husband and I loved this. Quick and easy to make. Very moist."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"Great recipe, I doubled the recipe for 9x13, worked great.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"I followed the recipe to the "T". Easy to make, however, much too much molasses for me. I'll make it again with less molasses."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"real delicious I put whipped cream on and even great without"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"I'm vegan due to health reasons so I substituted apple sauce for the oil and flax seed meal for the eggs. Even the omnivores in the house gobbled it up! =)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"Very easy to make and tastes wonderful. will make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"I loved this recipe--it is a lighter textured gingerbread! It tastes great by itself--but a cup of hot chocolate really goes well with it. I plan to make it frequently."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"This cake was made the first time with gluten free flour as some of my family are gluten free. Texture was a little grainy. A couple of days later (it was all gone) company was coming and I made it with regular flour. Gone in one setting. it is a keeper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"I do not have an 8x8 pan so used a 9x9. This made each piece a bit thinner and the edges were a bit carmelized and crunchy. If I had one of the new brownie pans where each brownie has edges, I would double the recipe and have a crunchy treat. I also am diabetic so am careful about what I eat. A little piece of this was a treat. The molasses gives it a bit of a bite which I like. I may try applesauce or lemon curd would be good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"Taste wonderful and easy to make."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"I'm a huge gingerbread fan and this cake is my new favorite. I made it twice last week and it disappeared fast. My family loves it. So easy! Any topping would be perfect with it. I love fat free cool whip. One serving of this cake is 3 points on Weight Watchers. Not bad for a dessert indulgence with lots of flavor!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"My dad loved it " almost as good as my mothers". I would like to have a glaze ,I did use cool whip. My mother also liked"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"Really easy to make. I liked it because it was not too sweet or "fluffy". It felt like an old fashioned cake that my Grandma might make. I will make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"Just like Mom use to make. She would serve it with either applesauce or a dollop of HOMEMADE whipped cream on the top. Dad liked it with a splash of milk or cream on it.

To the reader who said it was listed as "Diabetic friendly", I don't find anything that says "Diabetic friendly". All I see is "Diabetic exchange". Does that imply it is diabetic friendly?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"This is a good recipe. I would be interested in the hot lemon sauce that norashuff mentions. My late mother used to make one and I don't have her recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"I agree with the person who said it's not diabetic friendly. With that many carbs in such a small piece of cake, it's not it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"I made it up right away after seeing it. It is so simple and oh so GOOD! I will make it again & again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"How this recipe can be called "diabetic friendly" is beyond me. Look at the sodium level and the carbs level. Sugar and molasses. Please!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"this is the same recipe as the one we call "Mom's Soft Gingerbread" (Mom being my grandmother who would be was past 100 years old now) I serve it with hot lemon sauce. It's a favorite with my family."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"This is an old favorite of mine that my grand mother made. The only difference is we always topped it with apple sauce. Give it a try its awesome!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"What is "reduced fat butter?" I've never seen nor heard of it. Is it margarine?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"i love this recipe, the cake turned out a chewy goodness, just like a ginger snap cooking but moist and smooth will definitely make again"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"We loved it! This cake had so much molasses flavor and it's low calorie. It was quick to make, with ingredients I always have on hand. Excellent."

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