22 January, 2011

Orange-Scented Molasses Cake

Cake? Reason to celebrate? YES, YES, YES. I finished my first full marathon yesterday. Want to hear the full story? Read my marathon report here.
The hole that the exertion of the marathon left in my stomach and body, is actually more shouting for proteins and savory foods. In fact I have been stuffing myself with scrambled eggs and steaks in the 24 hours after the race.
However, a piece of cake always goes down well as dessert. The flavors of orange and molasses are both strong. They need to be balanced carefully to provide equal space for both of them. In the right balance they complement beautifully. The result is a lovely dark and rich flavor, hidden in a light cake.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon orange zest, finely grated

1/4 cup palm sugar
75g/30z butter
1 egg
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
1/2 cup buttermilk

Royal Icing Topping (optional)
1 tablespoon egg white
4 tablespoons icing sugar

Yields on 20cm round cake
Preheat oven to 175C/350F. Grease or line 20cm/8inch spring form with parchment paper.

In a bowl, sift together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and orange zest.

Grate the palm sugar. Then beat together sugar and butter until creamy. Stir in the egg, molasses and buttermilk until well combined. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Fill the batter into prepared spring form. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Combine egg white and icing sugar until thick and creamy. Add more sugar if it seems to runny. Decorate cooled cake with the mixture. Use double the amount if you want to cover the whole cake.


  1. Looks like a great delicious healthy cake

  2. Gratulation zum vollbrachten marathon. ich habe an dich gedacht, als ich freitag morgen deine black bean browies gebacken habe – sehr, sehr lecker by the way. eine frage, wo kaufst du den palm sugar? ich habe nur einmal eine kleine dose granulated sugar in der dubai mall gesehen. gibst den noch wo anders?

  3. @ Pitroska
    Den Palm Sugar gibt es in den Thai-Abteilungen in den grossen Choithram Supermaerkten, veilleicht nicht immer, aber da seh ich ihn oft. Wenn ich den nicht zur Hand habe, nehme ich Jaggery. Den gibts in allen Supermaerkten bei den Gewuerzen. Und danke fuer das Daumendruecken beim Marathon. Hat offenbar sehr geholfen :-)

  4. Congradulations! Wow, what an accomplishment!!
    This cake looks just perfect! I'm in love with it. We are not big cake eaters but I will for sure make this, I love the flavors.

  5. What a beautiful cake ! This look spectacular! A true talent and accomplishment here. The orange zest is such a great addition.

  6. Congratulations on finishing your first marathon, the cake looks amazing too but shouldn't it be a 5 layer torte to feast such a great accomplishment.