Molasses Cake – An old-timey 100-year-old recipe

This Molasses Cake recipe was published in my great-grandmother’s “Home Comfort Wood Stove Cook Book.” The company started producing wood stoves before the end of the Civil War.

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This copy of the cookbook comes from the early 1930s, but no doubt, this recipe goes back to the 1800s. Molasses Cake is a very old, traditional southern dessert. I’ve tried other Molasses Cake recipes but I love the flavor of this one.

The baking instructions were written for a wood stove so you’ll have to determine the best time and temperature for your liking, but I’ll publish the recipe below exactly as it was printed in the cookbook.

I noticed while typing up this recipe that I read the baking time wrong! I baked this too long anyway. Even 40 minutes would’ve been enough by this recipe. I thought it had said 45-55 minutes.

Cinnamon Roll recipe from this same cookbook

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Still, in the future, I’ll start checking this at around the 30 minute mark for doneness.

Molasses Cake

Molasses Cake – 100 Year Old Recipe!

This old timey recipe comes from my great-grandmother's Home Comfort Wood Stove cookbook.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp mixed spices
  • 1 egg


  • Cream butter, and gradually cream in the sugar
  • Add molasses and beaten egg and mix
  • Sift and measure flour, add baking powder, salt, soda and spices, and re-sift together
  • Add flour and milk alternately and mix well
  • Bake in well greased shallow pan in a moderate oven (around 350º), baking until toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

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