Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins
On vacation in Gatlinburg, I purchased an old timey cookbook called "A Taste Of The Past" by Phyllis Connor. Each recipe has notes about the family history of the recipe. I tried to make this cake where we were staying, without my reading glasses, and accidentally used self-rising flour. Boy oh boy, did it rise! It dripped on the bottom of the oven made lots of smoke. Security men with fire extinguishers came running into our unit since we had thrown open the windows. We had a good laugh, but they just couldn't understand why I would want to bake a cake while on vacation. I just had purchased some locally made sorghum and this recipe jumped out at me since it used sorghum and did not need to be frosted. When made properly, this cake turned out fragrant, moist and delicious. Give it a try... but use all-purpose flour ;)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
- 1⁄2 cup sorghum molasses
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup water, boiling
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease a 9" x 9" baking pan.
- Cream the sugar and butter together.
- Add sorghum and mix.
- Sift together flour, baking soda and cinnamon in another bowl.
- Stir dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.
- Stir the boiling water into the batter; it will foam up.
- Bake about 45 minutes or until it springs back after being pressed lightly.
Bought a jar of sorghum from a local farmer at our town's farmer's market. Surprisingly cheap for the jar. Found this recipe and tried it out last night. This turned out to be a very delicious cake with plenty of flavor and a little bit of spice. Mine needed to bake for a little over 50 minutes to get done in the center. I will make this again. Thanks for sharing!
I also had a jar of sorghum that I purchased in Gatlinburg to try, and when I got home I had no idea what to do with it! Thanks for this recipe - the cake is delicious and was a perfect way to try this new-to-us ingredient. We served it warm with a homemade caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Perfection!