Molasses Ginger Cake

Molasses Ginger Cake

This easy, dense dark cake packs in a lot of flavor. Molasses, a slightly bitter sweetener, is key, giving the cake just the right character. Chopped dates, raisins and a good dose of black pepper are all in evidence, along with ginger and cinnamon. The end result is so good: If you bet you can stop at one slice, you’ll surely lose the wager.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Place a rack in the middle of the oven and heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch cake pan and line with parchment. Butter the parchment.
  2. Step 2

    In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, ginger, baking powder, pepper and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Step 3

    In a separate bowl, whisk together molasses, sugar and melted butter. Add eggs, and whisk well. Stir in raisins and dates.
  4. Step 4

    Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold the dry ingredients into wet ingredients until incorporated and no streaks of flour remain. The batter will be stiff. Spread batter into prepared cake pan, smoothing the top.
  5. Step 5

    Bake until a testing skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    Run a knife along the edge of the cake, and, once cooled, transfer to a serving platter. Slice into wedges and serve with whipped cream, if desired.