Molasses crumb cake

Molasses crumb cake

This molasses crumb cake makes a good snack to go with coffee or tea. It’s a modest coffee cake but the crumb mixture on top makes it feel a little special.

Molasses crumb cake

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Molasses crumb cake

Molasses crumb cake recipe – an easy coffee cake-style treat with loads of flavour and wonderful texture. Great for gatherings

  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Cakes

Ingredients

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  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses

Instructions

  1.  Grease a 9”x13” pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour and sugar.
  3. Cut in the butter using two knives, a pastry blender, or your fingers.
  4. Reserve one cup of crumbs for the topping.
  5. In a separate bowl, add the baking soda and molasses to the boiling water.
  6. Stir until fizzy.
  7. Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl with the butter, flour, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  8. Pour combined mixture into the prepared pan.
  9. Top with the reserved crumb mixture.
  10. Cook for 40-45 minutes at 350 F or until a tester comes out clean.

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Comments

  • July 3, 2020
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    Cheryl Christman

    My grandmother gave me this same recipe 47 years ago. It’s always a family favorite. We like extra crumbs on ours, so I make a batch of crumbs so I have extra to put on the cake. I store the remaining crumbs in the freezer, so I have extra for future use. I also use the crumbs from the freezer for my apple pie and other cakes. I always have a big bag of crumbs in my freezer to use on a moment’s notice.

    • July 7, 2020
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      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Cheryl,
      What a great idea to make extra crumbs and store them in the freezer. I’ll add that to the recipe as a tip. Thanks.

  • June 3, 2020
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    Mae McIntyre

    I made this cake today and I must have done something wrong. When I mixed the liquid into the other ingredients, the mixture was very watery. To me I should have probably added more flour but I did not. I sprink d the crumbs on top and put it in the oven. It tastes good but all the crumbs moved to the middle of the cake and some of them sank. Should I have added more flour or is the batter suppose to be watery?

  • November 20, 2017
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    Betty Enloe

    This has always been my favorite cake and I was sick when I lost my mom’s recipe.
    I always get a craving for this cake in the spring and the fall. Making it today. P.S. my son-in-law is Mexican and had never had this cake until I made it for him and he loves it, because of the flavor and not too sweet.
    Thank you!

    • November 20, 2017
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      Lynn Purdy

      Betty, I am so happy that this recipe is very similar to your Mom’s recipe. Some people don’t know what they are missing if they don’t use molasses. Spread the good cheer!!

  • March 21, 2016
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    Vickie Gilliland

    Thank you for this recipe , it is to die for !! I could care less about the health facts !!

  • November 16, 2014
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    aggie missaghian

    Thanks for all the great recipe. I almost baked some of them. Delicious. Thanks

    Aggie

  • December 29, 2013
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    Ellen S

    I have it in the oven right now. My wonderful Mother-In-Law made this for my husband when he was a child. I lost the copy of the recipe that she gave to me before she passed away. I was thrilled to see it online. The recipe is identical to hers. Thank you!!

    • December 30, 2013
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      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Ellen, Your story made my day. It’s wonderful to hear how a simple recipe can help people reconnect with happy times. Enjoy!

      • January 11, 2021
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        Jen

        I grew up with this molasses cake. It was a staple whenever we would drive down to my nanas. It was an unwritten rule that it was made. My dad grew up.on this as well. I love this cake and this is the recipe I have from 30+years ago. It’s been around much longer than that. My mammy I think made it for my nana too. I always thought it was just a Pennsylvania Dutch think (dad grew up in emmaus/Allentown area) I’m still in love with this cake. Not surprisingly it’s a strong flavor to those unfamiliar with it. To me…its full of memories as soon as you smell it in the oven baking.

        • January 14, 2021
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          Crosby Molasses

          Hi Jen, That’s the beauty of an old recipe — when even the smell can remind you of such happy times.

  • November 15, 2013
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    Judy

    My mother always made this recipe when she did not make molasses crumb pies. I was happy to find your recipe. Our family love it..

    • November 18, 2013
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      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Judy, Nothing beats a crumb cake (except may be gingerbread). Enjoy!

  • June 11, 2013
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    bernicebutton@gmail.com

    I will try this recipe and let you know how i like it. I like crumb> cakes.

    • June 12, 2013
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      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Bernice, I hope you enjoy it. I love crumb cakes too and this was my first ever molasses crumb cake.

  • June 6, 2013
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    Joyce

    I will definitely try this cake, it sound;s much like what my Gramm used to make.
    Joyce

  • May 24, 2013
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    Delores Beattie

    wow wow and wow who cares if it rains when we can hunker down with this yummy cake.

    • May 29, 2013
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      Crosby Molasses

      I agree!

    • May 20, 2020
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      Wanda

      I’ve made this cake several times…comes out light,airy and delicious !! I also drizzle molasses on top when almost done. It’s a keeper

  • May 24, 2013
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    I’m rather disappointed by the fact that you omit calories, sugar, sodium, etc., information in your recipes..owing to the fact that a lot of people are now preparing a nost of their food from scratch, the 2 top reasons are, healthier food, & weight issues..I bypass some of your recipes without trying them for that reason..(most food websites do add the info at the end of the recipes)…

    • May 29, 2013
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      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Mrs. Gowan, We’re hoping to reach the point where we’re able to add nutritional information to all of our recipes. For now it’s a work in progress…

    • January 28, 2018
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      Bob

      Smh…

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