Cranberry Molasses Cake

Cranberry Molasses Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Cranberry Molasses Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Yesterday was Thanksgiving dinner at the in-laws. As usual it was delicious and I filled up on appetizers and had little room left for the actual meal. I had planned to make three desserts for the day but after the wedding of two friends I grew up with on Friday (the DIY Towel Cake was for them); then a full day of work on Saturday I deemed three desserts to be a little too much. I did however manage to make another Thanksgiving themed dessert.

From Taste of Home

Yield/Serving: 12-15
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty level is: Easy

• 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup molasses
• 3/4 cup water
• 2-1/4 cups fresh cranberries or frozen cranberries, thawed
Butter Sauce
• 1-1/2 cups sugar
• 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
• 3/4 cup butter, cubed

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, molasses and water; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cranberries.
2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
3. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cut warm cake into squares; serve with butter sauce.

• Cranberries are in season right now and fresh is always better then frozen when available.

Please Enjoy

My dad had two slices and asked for “more butter sauce please”.

My thoughts
There is sweetness and tartness to this cake which I loved; I am a huge fan of cranberries. When the butter sauce is added it gives an extra warmth and richness. The cake has a breadiness to it, like a Panettone sweet bread loaf that is served throughout the holidays. I will be making another version of molasses cake for sure around the holidays with my twist on it..


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