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President Harrison Molasses Cake Recipe

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Rich and moist molasses cake was reportedly a favorite of President Harrison. It is a simple loaf cake with few ingredients and goes together fast.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes


  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) soft butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Browned Butter Frosting (see recipe link below)


Blend salt, baking soda, cloved, and butter or margarine together until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, mixing well. Mix in molasses and 1/2 cup of the flour. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Add remaining flour alternately with sour cream. Beat batter 1/2 minute.

Turn into a well-greased, lightly floured 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. Bake in a preheated slow oven (325 degrees F.) 1-1/4 hours. Cool in pan 20 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to finish cooling. When cold, frost with Browned Butter Frosting. Store airtight.

Yield: one 9-inch loaf cake

Browned Butter Frosting Recipe

Recipe Source: The Spice Cookbook (Doubleday)
Reprinted with permission.

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 4 out of 5
Yummy!, Member Cadywampus

This came out well. I did use Greek Yogurt instead of Sour Cream with no discernible effects, and I used a round pan (9"" diameter I believe) instead of a loaf pan. It tasted fairly chocolately, which was nice, and retained a lot of flavor through refrigeration and reheating in the microwave (with a bit of water). It went quite well with the suggested frosting; however, I'd recommend making 1/2-3/4 of the frosting, as there was quite a bit of excess, even though I piled it up on the cake (~.5in layer). Delicious flavor, however, from the spices and molasses. I'd bring this to a small dinner party.

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