So anyway, I baked this cake today, sprinkled it with powdered sugar, and set a piece in front of Brina. She immediately asked, "Happy Birthday?", and I had to smile. She remembers that we had cake on Seth's birthday a several weeks ago. This is not a rich cake though. The slight ginger flavor makes it a perfect combination with a hot cup of chai or I would assume with coffee too. :)
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup molasses (I didn't have molasses, so I substituted Karo syrup, and it still worked.)
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar to sprinkle on top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (180 degrees C) Grease and flour a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar together. Add the eggs and beat well. Beat in the water and the molasses.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the molasses mixture and mix well. (It did not say to beat it like a regular cake, but I think I beat it for about a minute anyway.)
Spread the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until cake tests done with a knife or a toothpick. Let cool, and then dust with powdered sugar.
|Minus one piece. I had to taste test it!|