Recipe swap: Molasses cake

Incredibly a month is already gone and we are again posting for the fabulous recipe swap led by Cristianna at Burwell General store.

This time we are revamping Molasses Cookies. I was not sure what to bake, but then I started surfing around the internet and found a great molasses cake and I thought why not? It had exactly the ingredients I had in the fridge and pantry and it had molasses! Perfect right?

So that is what I baked. Mine is a bit more “rustic” looking than the original, but it stills smells delightful! I haven’t tried it yet, because I was super late for this post, so it is still cooling down (actually who am I kidding is still in the oven… I will post the pics as soon as I take the cake out of the oven…).

UPDATE: the cake is out and (bad) pics are up!!

UPDATE 2: the cake tastes good, the filling is a bit licorice-y the crust is buttery and crumbly.

Do not forget to check out what my fellow bloggers made with this recipe! They are all very creative and you won’t be disappointed! Dennis, Toni, Shumaila, Alex, Lora, Lindsay, Mari, Crissy and Lauren, Christianna, Jamie, Claire, Shari, Joy, Monique, LindaPriya, Rachel, Alli, Katy, Emily, Krissy and Jaclyn all have done great thing!

Recipe swap: Molasses cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Recipe swap: Molasses cake


  • For the crust:
  • 10 oz. flour
  • 5 oz. sugar
  • 5 oz. butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • For the filling:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups molasses
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4.5 oz bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp. orange or lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon or 1 orange


  1. Start by making the crust. To make the crust simply quickly mix all the ingredients together like you would do for a pie crust. Be quick to work the ingredients so you don't overheat the butter. Once the ingredients come together form a disk and wrap in plastic. Let the dough rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  2. While the dough rests turn on the oven at 375F and prepare the filling. To make the filling, just mix together the molasses with the bread crumbs and the heavy whipping cream partially whipped. Then add the lemon or orange juice and zest.
  3. Now mount the cake starting out with the crust. Roll the dough into a 3/4 inch thick disk and line a pan with the dough. Pour the filling on top of the dough. Use the leftovers from the dough to decorate the top of the cake.
  4. Put in the oven at 375F and cook for about 40 minutes. Take out and let cool completely before enjoying. If the molasses is not enough, you can serve it with some whipped cream or custard cream.

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18 Responses to Recipe swap: Molasses cake

  1. Monique says:

    I'm intrigued by the liquorice-y flavor of this cake, sounds wonderful. The cake looks moist without being too heavy; nice recipe swap.

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  4. Manu says:

    That is a very good idea! Don't you just love the smell of molasses baked in the oven? Delicious cake! 🙂

  5. Erin says:

    What a great change up on the recipe! Looks like a great cake!

  6. Katy @ KatySheCooks says:

    It's beautiful! Please update on the flavor once you taste –

  7. Alli says:

    Great idea to make it into a cake…I especially like your idea of using the extra crust to decorate the top! Made it so pretty!

  8. Ruth says:

    That cake looks delicious – it proves that the old recipes are sometime the best!!

  9. Toni (Boulder Locavore) says:

    True confessions? When I read this month's swap recipe it felt like 'winter flavors' which I could not extrapolate to the searing hot weather of summer. This cake looks and sounds to have captured the best of molasses flavor without the weightiness that often finds its way into the recipes using molasses. It looks to light and lovely! I love the whole idea. Bravo!

  10. Assunta says:

    Mai provato un dolce con la melassa, rimedierò! :))

  11. Burwell General Store says:

    Love it! Your posts get better every week, and I love making the recipe into a cake. It's great to see you in the swap, Pola and I look forward to next month (at least!)

  12. Angie's Recipes says:

    I would love molasses cake too! Looks very tempting!

  13. Tina says:

    This is a great twist on a vintage recipe. This looks unusual but sounds very tasty. Very creative-great swap!

  14. Shari says:

    The photos aren't so bad – don't be too hard on yourself. At least you posted at the correct time, for some reason in my head I kept thinking the swap was to be posted on the 8th not the 7th … a little late, but better than never.
    Shari from

  15. Shumaila says:

    That looks great. And I like that you added the zest in it!

  16. Alex says:

    molasses cake! wow! who would have thought? great idea!

  17. Jacqueline - The Dusty Baker says:

    It LOOKS INCREDIBLE! I bet it's moist and soft and sweet and rich… mouth is watering. Great swap!

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