Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 55 mins

If you like molasses, you will love this rich, moist cake. The recipe comes from a Pennsylvania Dutch restauranteur named Betty Groff and is published in an old book by her called Good Earth and Country Cooking.


  1. Mix the flour, sugars, salt and butter to crumbs using a pastry blender or your fingers.
  2. Reserve one cup of the crumbs for topping.
  3. Mix the molasses, boiling water, and baking soda and gradually add to the major part of the crumbs until well blended.
  4. Pour this mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  5. Sprinkle the reserved 1 cup of crumbs on top.
  6. Bake in a 350 F oven for 55 minutes.
Most Helpful

I made this cake, and it is wonderful! However, I did some things differently. I baked mine for 45 minutes, and used a glass dish that was 9 1/2 by 13 1/2, so I had reserved 1 1/2 cups of the crumbs to put on top of the batter in the dish. I also used 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar instead of the 1 cup of light brown. I suggest using the best molasses possible, and getting some great vanilla ice-cream to go along with this excellent cake. It is better the second day, when it has settled into itself.

Geraldine Cannon Becker December 07, 2014

Loved this cake! Makes a large coffeecake, and the topping is really delicious.

goodstuff4you February 19, 2012

I baked this cake and took it to work. My boss said it was the best cake she had ever eaten in her life. However, I did use Brer Rabbit Full Flavored Molasses rather than table molasses.

damoose August 06, 2008