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Molasses Spice Cake

Ingredients 

FOR THE CAKE:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¾ cup buttermilk

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 1 1/2 cups salted butter (softened)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 5-7 tablespoons milk*

Instructions 

TO MAKE THE CAKE:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Grease and flour 2 8” round cake pans.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar.
  • Add the eggs and mix well.
  • Add in the molasses and mix again.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, mixing between each addition.
  • Divide the batter between the two prepared pans.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  • Loosen the edges of the cake, then turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

TO MAKE THE FROSTING:

  • In a stand mixer bowl, with the mixer on medium speed, whip the butter for 2 minutes until it is almost white in color.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, spices, vanilla and 4 tablespoons of milk. Beat on low speed for 3-5 minutes, adding in the last tablespoons of milk if the buttercream needs to be thinner.

ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:

  • Place one cake layer on a cake plate.
  • Cover the top with frosting.
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the first.
  • Frost the top and sides of the cake, smoothing the frosting as you go.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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