It was my turn to choose the Martha Mondays project and I had had it worked out for weeks – the Mollases Spice Cake from the October 2007 issue of Living. Ever since I had seen the cake I had wanted an excuse to make it but there was never a good enough reason to use every spice known to man (I know, I exaggerate – slightly) and then cream cheese, sour cream and brown sugar glaze.
But the time had come. I printed out the recipe and ingredients from the internet and headed to the supermarket. I had most of the ingredients although ground mace still is nowhere to be found, and I ended up using blade mace and mashing it through a sieve, but everything else I managed to find.
As I had Friday off from work I put everything on the counter and got to work. Just one problem – the Singer household had only 1 cup of brown sugar so I used caster sugar as well. (Martha I know would never have run out).
The cake was easy to make, besides using up three different bowls. I often wonder what would happen if I just dumped in the flour and spices in one go, but I persisted. The cake for me took an hour to cook, but my cake pan was slightly smaller in size and deeper.
We all liked the cake. I did the cream cheese frosting in a separate bowl so we could add as much or as little as we liked. I wouldn’t add the butter to the cream cheese again as I don’t think it needed it. And I didn’t make the brown glaze as we had no brown sugar.
To anyone who makes the cake, I’m sorry that it had so many ingredients and probably wasn’t a good idea if you were on a diet. I hope other people liked the cake. I will certainly make it again and am thinking of trying it as cupcakes for Christmas.