Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Gingerbread Molasses Cake - Ann Stephens
Any cake your family likes works as a King Cake, but this is the one I'm making this year:
1 1/4 C all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp salt
4 T butter (1/2 stick)
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C unsulfured molasses
1 large egg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 C boiling water
1 thoroughly washed quarter! ;) Leave this out if you want to use this recipe as a dessert for another time of year.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
In another bowl cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in the molasses and egg until the mixture is smooth.
In a measuring cup, combine the baking soda and boiling water till the soda is dissolved. Add the baking soda & water to the molasses mixture and stir (it will now appear curdled).
Add the molasses mixture to the dry ingredients and combine the ingredients well. I use an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
Pour the mixture into ONE greased and floured 8" or 9" pan, OR into a muffin tin with 12 paper liners. Bake at 350 degrees for 32 minutes for the round pan, or for 20 minutes for the cupcakes.
I serve this cake with cream cheese frosting or sprinkled with powdered sugar.
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