Servings: 10-12 serving(s)
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 65 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
If a muffin became a cake, this Whole Orange Molasses Cake would be it.
Olive oil cakes are a traditional sweet from the Mediterranean region. They’re moist and often flavoured with orange. They’re also usually sweetened with honey, but molasses and orange are such a perfect pairing that swapping out the honey was an easy option.
There is a freshness to orange cake that reminds me of spring. It’s all in the flavour, I suppose, but this cake also lends itself to light frostings and additional fruit, kind of like strawberry shortcake. In fact, this cake would be terrific with sliced strawberries and whipped cream. And the cake itself isn’t too sweet, which is why it reminds me a bit of a muffin.
This recipe makes two 8-inch cakes, perfect for layering with your favourite jam and whipped cream. I enjoy Whole Orange Molasses Cake served Washington Pie-style, filled with my Uncle Walter’s black currant blueberry preserves and whipped coconut cream. If you want to make the cake even more orange-y, add the zest of one of the oranges to the batter.
Whole Orange Molasses Cake Recipe
Adapted from the lovely blog, Pinch of Yum
- 2 oranges, peeled
- ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2½ cups flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- Preheat the oven to 325. Grease two 8” round cake pans (lining the bottoms with parchment is helpful).
- Place the oranges and molasses in a food processor and pulse to a pulpy juice.
- In a large bowl whisk the sugar, eggs, and olive oil until combined.
- In another bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- To combine all three mixtures: Stir in the flour mixture into the egg mixture, alternating with the orange juice mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir just until combined.
- Scrape batter into prepared cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the tops spring back and a tester comes out with just a few crumbs attached.
- Let cool slightly before removing from pan.
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