By Kevin Williams
This old-fashioned molasses cake is a classic recipe from the Amish community of Berne, Indiana. It’s classic because this is a recipe that I bet 99 percent of our readers could make right now at home because you already have the ingredients. If you don’t have buttermilk or sour milk you can just make your own homemade sour milk by adding some vinegar to regular milk.
This was the perfect cake to make with 2-year-old Beatrice (she’ll be three soon). The cake is basically an old-fashioned, easy “stir and bake.” Perfect for the fluttering attention span of a toddler. So Beatrice and I set about cracking eggs, dumping molasses, and stirring and out cake this amazing tasting cake.
NOTES: I made a glaze for it, but I’d recommend this easy brown sugar frosting. I just cut corners and did a glaze because Bea wanted to move on to something else, but this cake would be out-of-this-world with this brown sugar frosting.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 /2 cup hot water
- 3 /4 cup molasses , fill cup with sugar
- 1 /2 cup buttermilk or sour milk
- Mix thoroughly and pour into a 9 X 9 inch square pan. Bake at 325 for about 30 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool and add frosting.