Old Fashioned Molasses Cake

Cook time: 30 Min  Prep time: 5 Min  Serves: 9

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp land-o-lakes butter, softened (this makes it taste more old-fashioned)
1/4 c sugar
1 egg
1/2 c dark molasses–amount depends on type( if you use light use 3/4 cup)
1 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ginger, ground
1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 c hot water
9 Tbsp fat-free cool whip (optional)

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Directions:

1. In a small bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg. Beat in molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with water, mixing well after each addition.
2. Transfer to a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares; garnish with whipped topping.

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