Recipes from Central Canada: Old Quebec Molasses Cake

Recipes from Central Canada

Old Quebec Molasses Cake

Country: Central Canada
Course: Dessert
Makes: 1 cake


  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice, combined with enough milk to make 1/2 cup*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of sultana raisins
*This is a substitute for 1/2 cup sour milk.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the lemon juice and milk and let stand 5 minutes, or until thickened.
  2. Grease and lightly flour a 9-inch round baking pan.
  3. Add the baking soda to the lemon juice/milk mixture and stir until dissolved.
  4. Beat the egg with the sugar, then add the milk mixture and the molasses.
  5. In a large bowl, stir the flour and spices together, then add this to the wet ingredients. Stir until completely mixed. Add the melted butter, walnuts and raisins.
  6. Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.