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Apple Molasses Cake

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This apple molasses cake combines those amazing seasonal fruits with some bittersweet moistness in a quick and easy package.

A slice of apple molasses cake dusted with powdered sugar on a plate sitting in front of the rest of the cake with a napkin and fresh apples.

Our favorite apple dessert is apple crisp. It also happens to be our favorite apple breakfast. Crisps come together so quickly and easily but there are times when something a bit ‘fancier’ is needed. Cake always seem like a welcome dessert for gatherings or just family dinners.

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Gingerbread is definitely a favorite dessert of my husband. This cake is fairly similar to those kinds of cake. It’s dark and moist, slightly bitter but also sweet.

If ginger isn’t a favorite flavor, substitute it with cinnamon or nutmeg, even cardamom or cloves (though maybe halve the cloves). Use apple pie spice or truly any combination of spice enjoyed in your home.

Although I didn’t test, I believe pears would work just as well in this recipe. Toss in half a cup of chopped nuts or even raisins, if desired.

A slice of apple molasses cake dusted with powdered sugar.

This is a simple snacking type of cake. It doesn’t need frosting, however; a simple sugar glaze might be nice. Dusting it with powdered sugar worked just fine for us – looks pretty and is tasty. Whipped cream or even ice cream would be nice as well.

If molasses isn’t your thing, try this apple cake with caramel glaze.

Yield: 6 Servings

Apple Molasses Cake

Enjoy the sweet fruits of fall with this bittersweet Apple Molasses Cake that whips up quickly and easily for a simple but also impressive dessert.

Enjoy the sweet fruits of fall with this bittersweet Apple Molasses Cake that whips up quickly and easily for a simple but also impressive dessert.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • ½ Cup Butter, melted
  • ½ Cup Molasses
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 Cup Cored, Peeled, & Chopped Apples


  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9" round cake pan.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and ginger. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together the melted butter, molasses, brown sugar, and egg until completely emulsified.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until almost combined. Fold in the chopped apples and continue stirring until completely combined. This is a thick batter.
  6. Spread the cake batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning out to cool completely on a cake plate.


Serving Ideas: Sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 203mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

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Saturday 17th of December 2022

I recommend a pinch of salt and tablespoon and a half of lemon juice will really round out the flavor. I also used 1/3 cup lard rather than butter and an additional egg yolk for flavor.


Tuesday 19th of December 2017

I don't bake much. Could I use loaf pans for this? Would i have to adjust the temperature. I want to make a really large batch with mini loaves for neighbors and big loaves for family.

Kathie Lapcevic

Tuesday 19th of December 2017

You could use mini-loaf pans. I'd leave the temperature the same, cooking time will likely vary but I can't guess as to what that would be, you'll have to use a toothpick to test for doneness.

Kathy Edgerton

Sunday 15th of October 2017

We visit a small family resort in Branson MO and the father (grandpa) makes an apple cake for the guests. It tastes like it could be from this recipe. I am going to give it a try.

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 15th of October 2017

Let me know how it turns out and if it's similar.

Dawn Beavers

Wednesday 19th of October 2016

Loved the Apple molasses cake. Served it for a girl friend party. We had whip cream with a light drizzle of caramel sauce on it. Thanks for the recipe.

Homespun Seasonal Living

Wednesday 19th of October 2016

Oh I'm so glad to hear it! Thanks for letting me know and yum to the caramel sauce idea.


Thursday 13th of October 2016

Like to make the Apple Cake, but not crazy for molasses what could I use instead.Thank you Dienna


Monday 17th of October 2016

Maybe try applesauce.

Homespun Seasonal Living

Friday 14th of October 2016

I didn't test it any other way so I'm not sure.

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