Martha Mondays: Molasses Spice CakePosted by in Food | Martha Mondays
I’m posting my Martha Mondays results a day early this week since I’ve got something that has to go up tomorrow. This week’s assignment was Molasses Spice Cake. (This is also in Martha’s Halloween special edition magazine that’s on stands now). A very fall-like selection by Pru Singer of Pru Singer: My Life. On first glance, this looked to be like gingerbread. Further reading revealed it to be much more.
The cake batter is interesting – the usual butter, brown sugar, flour and eggs (4 eggs – quite a few) but also sour cream, mace (which I have never used and had to go buy), cinnamon, lemon zest and fresh ginger (not dried, which I found to be a very interesting idea).
I didn’t soften my butter enough and ended up with some very small lumps. I just closed my eyes and ignored that! This cake baked in exactly the time Martha said (a first for me I think).
The next step was the frosting – cream cheese frosting. Although this was more cream cheese with a tiny bit of powdered sugar thrown in, as well as some sour cream.
That’s not all folks. Martha then wants you to do a glaze. I have to say this glaze, which was butter, sugar, cream and vanilla, tasted like a very decadent and wonderful caramel sauce. I forced myself to put the pot and rubber scraper in the sink and turn the water on so I wouldn’t keep sampling it!
Around here we say that someday I will open The Butt Ugly Bakery: Where Everything Looks Like Crud But Tastes Great. I’m really not into the finer points of cake decorating. I’ve spent too many hours crying over crumbs in my frosting and frosting smeared around the edge of my cake plate. Life is too short to cry over imperfect frosting. If I am making something for a special occasion, I will exert some Martha effort and try very hard to make it look good. But for every day, if it tastes good, I’m not too concerned with how it looks. Thus, my photo of this cake. A bit messy. And yes, I put the cake on a dinner plate that is concave, so the center of my cake is lower than the edges, meaning my glaze puddled in the middle.
I liked the cake – it was very moist and dense with a complex flavor. The edges were crunchy, which was really interesting. I did not care for the cream cheese frosting at all. It was almost sour (since it had very little sugar). If it was real cream cheese frosting, it would have been good, but very sweet. The glaze was good and the only thing that saved the frosting at all in my opinion. I would love try this with a lemon sauce. Mr. MarthaandMe is Mad About Gingerbread so he gave this a major thumbs up. Teen Martha did not like it, but doesn’t like spice cakes in general.
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I’m pleased you tried it and liked it. I wasn’t too keen on the addition of butter to the cream cheese but had some of the cake yesterday toasted with cream cheese and it was wonderful.
Glad it went well – I was very nervous at choosing the Martha Mondays Project!
I enjoyed the cake too. With all the but-tah, it seems more like a Paula Dean recipe. 🙂 I added more sugar to my frosting because it just seemed to sour. I loved the glaze!
I should have added more sugar – it was sort of sour. That glaze was sinful.
This was a great recipe to try – nice choice.
Do you guys like it better if we post this on Mondays? It seems like everyone is doing ahead of time and not on Mondays. It is easier to get these things done over the weekend for sure.
My family enjoyed the cake, but I thought the molasses flavor was too strong. Loved the caramel topping, and cake baked up beautifully. Posting on Mondays is a good idea. I do most my baking/cooking, etc. on weekends.
I never have time on a weekday to cook which is why I do them at the weekend. If you would prefer, I would be happy not to post until Monday – to keep in tune with the title.
This cake look so deliriously delicious!!
I don’t get much chance on week days , Mondays are the worst day of the week in the school’s clinic. I loved the flavor of mine, I even added a little more molasses, (I love it). I ‘ll get mine posted as soon as I get my photos up.
Your cake looks good!
I posted my Molasses Spice Cake in my food blog this week. You can see it at http://tinyskillet.blogspot.com
This is my first Martha Monday! Love this cake. Here are the results: http://almostslowfood.blogspot.com/
I had mixed results but you can read that for yourself here http://sassysuppers.blogspot.com As for when to post, I usually don’t get around to doing my project until Monday while my older son is in school. Weekends are too hectic for me to get to it. But I don’t mind being the late one when posting 🙂