My grandmother made the most luscious cake during the holidays. It was pretty unusual, I have never seen the recipe anywhere. The three layer cake was made with molasses and instead of frosting it had this "to die for" glaze that she put between layers and then poured on the top layer, so it ran over the sides and dribbled down the outside of the layers.
After my grandma passed away, we were cleaning out her home and I ran across her recipe box and while looking through her recipes, I ran across the one for this fabulous holiday cake.
Ingredients for the Cake:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup real butter, soft
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup molasses
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat over to 350 degrees
Grease and flour three 8" cake pans
Mix flour, soda and cloves in a small bowl and set aside
In the large mixing bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium for 30 seconds
Add brown sugar and beat until well mixed
Add eggs and beat until fluffy
Add molasses slowly, beating on the lowest setting
Alternately, add flour and milk, beating in between
Pour the batter evenly into the three cake pans
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean
Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes
Turn out of pans and let cool completely
Cakes MUST be totally cool before putting on the glaze!!
Ingredients for the Glaze:
1/4 cup real butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk (may need a bit more)
1 tablespoon canned pumpkin
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or all spice
Melt 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of butter in a saucepan or microwave.
Sift 2 cups of powdered sugar into a medium size bowl.
Add the melted butter to the powdered sugar.
Add milk, nutmeg and pumpkin.
Beat until smooth and creamy, adding a little more milk if necessary.
With a knife, spread glaze on top of the first two layers and stack.
Add the third layer and slowly pour glaze over the top layer, letting it dribble over the sides and drip down the layers.
Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top, if desired
Yes, this cake is a lot of work, but what totally luscious bake good isn't? Back in my grandma's day, spending this amount of time cooking or baking was a common place thing. She has many delightful recipes in her recipe box, many of which I will be sharing in the upcoming days.
Have a great day!
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