Spiced Molasses Cake.
1 cup molasses.
2 + 1/2 cups flour.
1 tsp baking powder.
1 tsp baking soda.
1 tsp salt.
1/2 tsp ground cloves.
1 tsp cinnamon.
3/4 cup milk.
1/2 cup shortening.
Preheat oven to 350 F; grease and flour 9 " cake pan.
Beat molasses and egg in a bowl. Sift together dry ingredients, add to molasses alternating with milk. Mix well, then beat shortening until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until; toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in pan before turning out onto rack.
I have to admit, i was very skeptical about mixing the shortening in at the end. Especially since it was not melted. I was surprised when it went in very smoothly. Although i was using a mixer. I am sure a lot of ladies during the '40s did not have that luxury, i could not see myself to have the strength to beat something like hard shortening into an already solid mixture. Yes, i am spoiled. I love my Kitchen Aid mixer and, even though i have only had it a short time, i do not know what i would do with out it.
Here is the batter with it all mixed in, after i poked it a bit to be sure there were no lumps of shortening
The cake turned out quite nice, albeit a little dry. For a cake without sugar, it is sweet! It stores quite well covered in the fridge, and although i did not put any on it, it would probably do well with an icing.