Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I love the town we live in. I love how small and community-focused it is. I love how awesome the Summer weather is here. I love that we run into our U.S. senators and the state's first lady while shopping at Walmart. I love walking through the mall and seeing people clad in Wrangler apparel with cowboy hats on.

BUT I don't love the altitude. Our town sits at a whopping 6000+ feet above sea level. And y'all, the altitude does wonky things when it comes to baking.

Which means, I'm going to give you a recipe for a cake...but my final picture is going to look like a brownie. Yet when you make it, it'll actually look like a normal cake. I know because when my mother-in-law makes it, it's super fluffy and about two inches taller.:)

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, vanilla, and an egg.

Tip: Find someone with cute tiny hands to crack your eggs for you.

Tip #2: Be sure and check for eggshells that might sneak into the bowl.

Then pour in thick fragrant molasses. Blend it all together.

And get your cute sous chef with the cute hands to add in the dry ingredients.

Pour in hot water. Blend until well combined.

Pour batter into a greased 9x13" baking pan.

Bake at 325 for 30 minutes.

Cut into slices and serve with freshly made whipped cream.

This is my new favorite cake. I gobbled up 2 1/2 slices the first time I had it. It's perfect.

Molasses Sheet Cake
Serves 12

½ c. Butter, softened
½ c. Sugar
½ c. Molasses
1 Egg
⅛ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Cinnamon
1½ c. Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
¾ c. Hot Water

Cream together butter, sugar, molasses, egg and salt. Add remaining ingredients.

Grease a 9x13" cake pan. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched.

Serve with freshly whipped cream. Or you can be healthy and serve it with applesauce.

1 comment:

  1. I like small towns. I was born in one, in Kansas, but I have been a city girl for about 18 years. I miss it, but I still get it some in ways, like 4h and the County fairs. The molasses made it real thick and dark! And I saw those cute little baby hands! My girls like to get in the kitchen with me too.


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