Friday, March 7, 2014

Saturday, March 7, 1936

Cold but moderate and plesant-
Made a molasses cake* and stewed pumpkin-
Harry Baker came for dinner & stays all night-
Had a wonderfull visit this eve all together-
Mother has been fine today
Charles came and cloroformed two kittens-

Molasses Crumb Cake from King Arthur Flour*

*I love King Arthur Flour, so when I saw a recipe on their site, I knew I would include it here. I must try this recipe, as I love molasses.

This simple cake, based on a recipe from Polly Wagner of Stowe, Vermont, is moist and delicious, a favorite every time we feature it in our Baker's Store here in Norwich.

3 cups (12 3/4 ounces) King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup (7 ounces) sugar
1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter or margarine
1 cup (12 ounces) molasses
2 large eggs
1 cup (8 ounces) hot water
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch pan.

In a large bowl, mix together flour and sugar. Cut in butter till mixture is crumbly. Remove 1 cup of the mixture and set aside. To the remaining crumb mixture, add the molasses, eggs, water and baking soda. Beat till smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over top. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool to lukewarm before serving. 

Yield: 1 cake, 24 servings.


  1. ARGH! Your blog's doing my diet no good at all! FORTUNATELY I have NONE of these ingredients in the house so I'm settling for a cup of coffee and some staring at the tv. That will jolly well have to do!!! Poor kittens though! Awww!

    1. That was sad about the kittens. & I don't mean to offer up temptation. Irene was not a heavy person, so she must have worked off all those baked goods with housework, the busy bee.


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