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Monday, September 14, 2009

Martha Mondays

Today's Martha Mondays is Molasses Spice Cake

I'm happy that Pru chose this cake because I love molasses and ginger, and I don't make too many desserts. So this gave me a good excuse. The recipe is found in the October issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. First off I think Martha Stewart's recipes could be simplified a little. I mean do we really need to dirty 3 different bowls? One for the flour, dry mix, then egg, molasses, sour cream, and a third for butter sugar! I would of used a bigger bowl than she said for the eggs and not such a big one for the flour. Oh well, we'll do it like Martha does, only can she send her staff over to clean up! Did I mention she had 4 eggs in it?

I had all the ingredients and didn't have to go out a buy anything. I even had the mace which I was waiting for a recipe to use it in. I had bought it the last time I was in a Penzey's Spices. The thing that really surprised me was the fact it had 2 sticks of butter in it. It also called for 3 T grated fresh ginger, that seemed like a lot of ginger (and I like ginger) I used a good chunk of my ginger and added a little dry ginger (which I grind to a powder myself). I think crystallized ginger would of tasted good in this too. Okay enough ginger talk.
The cake baked in the amount of it said it should. I have a stoneware round baker that is 11" maybe a little large for this recipe, but it still tasted good. It had great flavor, but it was a little dense, or dry. It called for cream cheese frosting, which I'm not a fan of so I didn't make it. It is usually too sweet. I can't handle too sweet desserts, plus all that butter, so I just did the glaze. The brown sugar glaze (I only had dark brown sugar and it called for light brown, but I like that molasses taste) was fine drizzled over it, served with whipped cream.


  1. Looks delicious! I totally agree about martha's dishes though...simplify, lady!

  2. I'm glad you liked it. I think I was expecting so much more and was a little disappointed. But I'm glad I got to try it. I should have gone with whip cream too.

  3. Lyndsey, it looks lovely. Some people thought the cream cheese was too sour but I liked it (despite the addition of more butter). I'm glad you liked the task. If you have any left, try it grilled (broiled!) - it is really good!


  4. Great job on the cake! Looks fantastic!

  5. I thought of using whipped cream too and, in the end, wish I had. It would be great to have a clean up crew around the house when I'm baking or cooking or just in general!

  6. Looks so yummy, Lyndsey! I wish the MM cooking things would be from Martha's summer magazines though. I'm not a fan of cooking fall food when it's 90-100 degrees outside like it is here. Maybe I'll start participating again once the weather cools down or if it's something I just can't resist.

  7. I was never a fan of cream cheese frosting until I added cinammon - now its my go to frosting!


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