It's that time of year when baking cakes in a non-air-conditioned house becomes enjoyable again. Yay for Fall! One of my favorite cakes is Molasses Cake. It's moist and rich, and it's a nice change from chocolate (although I like that too). Topped with crumbs, it doesn't need any too-sweet icing and it goes great with tea, hot apple cider, or coffee!
4 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 pound butter
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup molasses
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 13" x 9" cake pan, set aside.
Mix flour, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Cut in the butter. Set aside 1 cup of mixture for topping.
In another bowl, stir together boiling water, baking soda, and molasses. Add this to the dry mixture, stirring well. Note that the hot water and baking soda will fizz a bit, so make sure your bowl is big enough that it won't overflow.
Pour cake batter into the greased and floured 13" x 9" pan. Sprinkle the 1 cup of topping that was set aside evenly over the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.