Molasses Stack Cake

{mbday} Now that's a cake!This cake is much more than fluff and icing; there is really something to it! I liked the dense texture and  ginger bread taste of the molasses. Mom and David put it together for Michael’s 26th birthday which was on the 7th of February and it turned out really good. They used the apple butter in between the layers and Donald decorated the top with a very appropriate winter design.


1cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
3 eggs 
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
Applesauce or apple butter (Note: If using store-bought applesauce or apple butter, you might want to add a little cinnamon and nutmeg and a little sugar, and cook it down a little.)

Cream together butter and sugar till light. Stir in molasses; add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition. Cut wax paper rounds to fit 8-inch cake pans. Grease and flour (we use Pam instead). Pour 1 1/3 cups batter into each pan. (Refrigerate remaining batter.) You can put the batter in the pans, sprinkle with flour, and flour your hands and just pat it to the edges. Bake at 350° until done, about 15 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on rack.

Wash pans (we actually didn’t), replace wax paper, grease and flour. Repeat with remaining batter. You should get 5 layers.  Stack cakes with applesauce or apple butter.

From Keaton Mills Family Cookbook

This cake was a great complement to a great birthday.

{mbday} Onlookers examine Michael's new book.{mbday} An inspiring homemade card. :){mbday} The perfect birthday cake for Michael.


  1. Jonathan February 11, 2007 at 7:08 pm #

    That cake was really good. It is one of my favorite kinds. Well, I think that you had a good birthday! Keep smiling.

  2. Joshua February 12, 2007 at 4:12 am #

    Hmmmm. Sounds like another delectable dainty from the home of the ‘Staddon Kitchen’. May each one of you be ‘stacked’ 🙂 with many wonderful blessings today.

  3. Taste-Tester February 12, 2007 at 5:55 am #

    My! That cake didn’t last too long around here. The light sweetness balanced with the ideal gingerbread taste and authentic West Virginia Apple Butter made taking seconds irresistble. Simply scrumptious. Delectable!

  4. Jennifer February 12, 2007 at 1:49 pm #

    What an incredible looking cake! The snow flake on top with the little happy birthday banner set it off completely! It must of tasted really good. We will have to try it sometime!

  5. Michael February 14, 2007 at 10:08 am #

    I haven’t been on the blog for a while and this is the first time I actually read this post. I should have commented before now, but yes, it was a wonderful cake! Absolutely delicious. A top choice. We might try it with REAL flour next time too. A next time is a must.

  6. James February 14, 2007 at 1:33 pm #

    Yup, this was the perfect cake for Michael. It was more healthy than it was not healthy! Apple butter was the most perfect thing to put on it. And a conservative amount of icing topped it off.

  7. Vonda M January 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    I believe this is a cake my grandmother use to make..I hope so cause I’m gonna try n make one!

  8. Becky M October 24, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    YUMMMM! My mother in law used to make these all the time and they are by far my husbands favorite. He turned 60 yesterday and made molasses last weekend with our friends. I saw it only fitting to find a recipe and make him this as a birthday cake for his party tomorrow!! In the oven now!! Can’t wait!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Becky

  9. Becky M October 24, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    I forgot to add that he helped those same friends make the apple butter two weeks before so we had fresh apple butter to use between the layers!!

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