- 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1⁄2 cups steen's cane syrup
- 1 egg
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3⁄4 cup hot water
Cane Syrup Frosting
- 1⁄4 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons steen's cane syrup
Directions See How It's Made
- Make the cake: preheat oven to 350°; grease and flour a 9-inch square or round cake pan.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt; stir with a fork to mix well.
- In a big bowl, combine the vegetable oil, cane syrup, and egg; stir with a fork or whisk to combine well.
- Add about 1/3 or the flour mixture to the syrup mixture and then stir gently, just until the flour disappears.
- Add the baking soda to the hot water, and then stir about half the water into the batter.
- Stir another 1/3 of the flour mixture, then the remaining water, and finally the remaining flour, stirring gently each time just to mix everything well.
- Quickly pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the cake springs back when touched gently in the center, and is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.
- Make the frosting: In a bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy; add in half the powdered sugar, the vanilla, and salt; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.
- Add the remaining powdered sugar and the cane syrup, and beat until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the bowl and mix well.
- To complete: if cake is round, cool the cake in the pan on a rack, for 10 minutes, turn it out of the pan, and place it, top side up, on a wire rack to cool completely; place cooled cake on a serving plate or cake stand, top side down, and spread the frosting over it generously, covering the top and sides.
- If it is square, spread the icing over the cooled cake right in the pan, and cut into squares to serve; serve warm, right from the pan.