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Spicy Molasses Cake

Yield 9 servings (serving size: 1 cake square and about 1 tablespoon whipped topping)
Aromatic spices give this moist cake an assertive flavor. It's great served warm or at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed

Nutrition Information

  • calories 262
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 7.9 g
  • satfat 4.4 g
  • monofat 2.4 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 4.3 g
  • carbohydrate 43.8 g
  • fiber 0.7 g
  • cholesterol 65 mg
  • iron 2.6 mg
  • sodium 236 mg
  • calcium 88 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; dust bottom of pan with 2 teaspoons flour.

  3. Place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until butter melts. Add sugar, stirring with a whisk. Add molasses and eggs; stir with a whisk until smooth. Add ginger, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, mustard, and salt; stir well with a whisk. Add milk and orange rind; stir well with a whisk. Lightly spoon 1 1/2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour, stirring just until blended (do not overstir). Pour batter into prepared pan.

  4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Serve with whipped topping.