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October 27, 2008

Molasses Cake {1871}


Molasses Cake - original recipe
One Cup of molasses - an ordinary teacup.
One cup of sugar.
One cup of butter.
One cup of cream.
Six cups of flour (or a sifted quart).
One teaspoonful of soda, small.
Two teaspoonfuls of cream of tartar.*
Spiced and fruits as you choose.
Four eggs.

Stir the sugar and butter together, add the yelks of the eggs, then the molasses, and then the cream and flour in small portions, alternatly, till all the flour is in, and last of all add the whites of the eggs, beaten to a stiff froth. The sodashould be sifted in the flour, and the cream of tartar added to the cream or milk. If the cream is sour, put half the quantity of cream of tartar. You may bake this cake in a large pan or in small patties.
Let it bake in a moderarte oven, steadily. Try it with a straw before removing from the oven. If you take it out before it is done, it will fall, and never rise again.

*If the cream is sour, use only one spoonful of cream of tartar.
- From The Young Housewife's Counsellor and Friend 1871

The cake batter before going into the oven.

My Notes and Observations
The above is the orginal recipe. I had to cut it in half because I didnt want that much. That would have made two cakes - using 9inch round cake pans. So I cut the recipe in half and added about a tablespoon or so of cinnamon. The flour would be about 2 cups. I did a little over 2 cups {using liquid measure - all I had} and it came out rather stiff and had to add a little more milk to make a better batter. But I think if you use a scanty 2 cups in dry measure it will be perfect. I also oiled and floured my pan. I baked it at about 375 degrees, for about 35 minutes.It rose really well and when I tested it with a fork and it came out perfectly clean. A nice warm treat on a cold and dreary morning.

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