Apple-Molasses Spice Cake

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  • Serves 8
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  • Nutritional Information

    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 382 calories
    • Fat 16 g
    • Sat Fat 2 g
    • Cholesterol 26 mg
    • Sodium 379 mg
    • Protein 4 g
    • Carbohydrate 57 g
    • Sugar 28 g
    • Fiber 1 g
    • Iron 3 mg
    • Calcium 67 mg


  1. Check 1/2cup vegetable oil, plus more for the pan
  2. Check 2cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pan
  3. Check 1 1/2teaspoons baking soda
  4. Check 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. Check 1/2teaspoon ground cloves
  6. Check 1/2teaspoon kosher salt
  7. Check 1/2cup molasses
  8. Check 1/2cup packed light brown sugar
  9. Check 1 large egg
  10. Check 1tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  11. Check 2 Granny Smith apples—peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  12. Check confectioners’ sugar, for serving


  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Oil a 9-inch round cake pan, line the bottom with a parchment circle, oil again, and dust with flour, tapping out the excess.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, molasses, brown sugar, egg, ginger, and ½ cup boiling water. Add to the flour mixture and whisk until just combined (do not overmix). Fold in the apples.
  3. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely. Before serving, dust with the confectioners’ sugar.