Apple Molasses Spice Cake

Apple Spice Cake

I’d make an appalling bed mate.  In addition to my  ridiculous fondness for ambient bedroom temperatures in the 50’s – and my certainty that both sides of the bed are “my” side,  I have this awful habit of changing positions as if performing a sleeping triple Salchow, leaving pillows and covers strewn about the bedroom floor.   I’ve been sleeping as a singlet for too long.

Perhaps my bed mate will overlook my sleeping habits if distracted by a sweet or two…

Apple Molasses Spice Cake

Slightly adapted from Real Simple


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-Spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2″ pieces


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Oil a 9″ round cake pan, line the bottom with parchment, oil again and dust with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, soda, spices, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together molasses, sugar, egg, oil, ginger and water. Add molasses mixture to flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Fold in apples.
  3. Pour batter into pan and bake until toothpick comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Cool in pan 30 minutes, turn out onto rack to cool completely. Before serving, dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve with lightly whipped cream, if desired.


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