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Maine Molasses Cake

Molasses cake was a staple at lumber camps many generations ago and sadly it is very seldom made now. But I will guarantee you one thing. If you switch your gingerbread with this recipe for the Holidays, you will be thrilled at the comments from everyone, especially if you top it with vanilla ice cream while warm. I can honestly say that this is the perfect cold weather cake and my all time favorite.


For 9 Serving(s)


  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 stick(1/2 cup) melted butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon each nutmeg and ground cloves*

Maine Molasses Cake Directions

    An hour before making cake, cover raisins with boiling water, cover and set aside. Line an 9-inch square pan with parchment paper; set aside. 
    When ready, drain and set aside.(See NOTE)
    In a bowl, with a hand held whisk, NOT an electric mixer because you dont want every single lump to dissapear, add milk,lemon juice or vinegar, molasses,melted butter or margarine,sugar and egg. Whisk well. In a separate bowl, throughly blend flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves and add this mixture to molasses mixture. Whisk until just incorporated and then fold in raisins. Pour into prepared pan and bake 38-40 minutes, or until it springs back when touched in the center. Remove cool slightly cut and eat it NOW
    * Use allspice if you like that netter, but you really should use cloves
    NOTE: The reason we treat the raisins this way is because if you don't, they will sink to the bottom of the batter and burn while cooking. The batter is not thick enough to suspend them and don't listen to other chefs or articles that tell you to coat them in flour to prevent this from happening. It simply does not work in thin batter.