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.


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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.