easy molasses chocolate cake

Molasses Chocolate Cake (egg & dairy-free)

This easy molasses chocolate cake recipe is delicious and practical. It’s dairy and egg-free, makes a 9″x 13″ cake or two 8″ cakes for layering, and stays moist, even after a few days.

An exceptional chocolate cake recipe is a true essential in every kitchen.

Chocolate cake transcends all seasons and celebrations, possessing an inviting charm for everyone with a sweet tooth. Whether you’re baking to mark a special occasion or just craving a delightful treat, this recipe has you covered.

Perfect for children’s birthday parties, this chocolate cake is egg and dairy-free.

The magic behind its rich flavor is the secret ingredient – molasses! A touch of molasses in both the cake and frosting elevates the chocolaty goodness to new heights. Not only does molasses enhance the chocolate taste, but it also contributes to the cake’s irresistibly moist texture. Chocolate and molasses are the perfect pairing.

The frosting is creamy and delicious, and can be made with butter or coconut oil, depending on your dietary preferences.

We always bake this cake in a 9″ x 13″ pan and frost it as a rectangular layer cake. The recipe is just right for two 8″ round cake pans as well.


Molasses Chocolate Cake (egg & dairy-free)

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Discover a crowd-pleasing Egg and Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake with a secret molasses twist! Perfect for celebrations and kid-friendly, this moist and flavorful recipe simplifies baking joy. Elevate your dessert game with the perfect blend of chocolate and molasses.

  • Author: Crosby’s Molasses


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Molasses Chocolate Cake:

  • 1/2 cup oil (or melted butter)
  • 2 tsp. vinegar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned in
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (or coconut oil)
  • 1/4 cup water or coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa


Molasses Chocolate Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a 9”x13” metal pan with parchment paper (or grease and flour two 8” round cake pans.)
  3. In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk the oil, vinegar, vanilla, molasses and water.
  5. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the cake starts to pull away from the edge of a pan or a tester comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove from pan to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting.

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Frosting:

  1. Cream butter, molasses & vanilla
  2. Add water and mix well.
  3. Add cocoa then the icing sugar one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.



  • July 16, 2021

    Jane Paterson

    Hello, I have made this cake many times, however I am just now noticing the sugar is listed as a dry ingredient, Should I treat the sugar as dry and add to flour or wet and add with the molasses and oil. I am making this today so would appreciate a quick response. Thank you for your time and wonderful recipes.

    • July 16, 2021

      Marie-Pierre Lessard

      Hi Jane,
      You can use the sugar as a wet ingredient and add with the molasses and oil.

  • November 26, 2020

    Carol Ferguson

    On this dairy free, egg free chocolate cake could u also replace the all purpose flour for gluten free? and if so what amount would u use in replacement of all purpose? Thank u

    November 26, 2020

  • November 26, 2020

    On this dairy free, egg free chocolate cake could u also replace the all purpose flour for gluten free? and if so what amount would u use in replacement of all purpose?

  • July 28, 2019

    Rona Berntsen

    It dissappeared very fast. Thanks for the wonderful recipe or I should say recipes. The brownies with molasses in them are delicious too.

  • July 3, 2019

    Rona Berntsen

    I have made most of the recipes that you post and a success. That cake is delicious and going to make it when the family comes next week.

  • June 30, 2019

    Ruth Hansord

    It is delicious, made it yesterday and it is almost gone.

  • June 27, 2019


    Made this cake in 2 round pans. Used the frosting posted. It was amazing the whole family loved it. Definitely will make it again!

  • June 25, 2019

    Clara Wulf

    I always like to try your recipes,but this chocolate cake puzzles me ,does it NOT need eggs

  • June 25, 2019

    Paul A.

    Molasses Chocolate Cake

    Dutch Cocoa and Natural Cocoa in this recipe or one for both?

  • June 20, 2019

    Janet Marie Dupasquier

    I was wondering if you send out coupons for you molasses? If so I would love to receive, Thanks

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  • June 20, 2019

    Wow…this sounds incredible! I’m definitely going to give this a try. :)

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