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Ginger-Molasses Skillet Cake



  1. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  8. 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  9. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  11. 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  12. 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
  13. 2/3 cup milk
  14. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  15. 1/4 cup pine nuts
  16. 1 cup heavy cream
  17. 1/2 cup sour cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, blend the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, salt, pepper, cloves, allspice and cinnamon.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine 3/4 cup of the brown sugar, 6 tablespoons of the butter and 2/3 cup of the molasses. Stir over moderate heat until melted and well combined. Stir in the milk and vanilla and set aside.
  3. Place the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons molasses in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet. Place the skillet in the oven to melt the butter and sugar and heat the skillet. Stir to combine.
  4. Stir the brown sugar and milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Beat just until smooth. Pour the batter into the skillet. Sprinkle the pine nuts on top and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the sour cream and continue beating until stiff. Serve the cake warm from the skillet. Pass the whipped cream separately.