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Vintage Baking Recipes: Bayside Women’s Club Ginger Cake

Updated: Sep 13, 2022

During the 2020 Holiday Season I attempted to make a ginger cake from one of the recipe books in our Archives and it turned out pretty nice! The recipe was a Ginger Cake from the Bayside Women’s Club Cookbook:

Ginger Cake

1 tablespoonful butter

1/2 cup of sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon baking soda

3/4 cup of molasses

1 teaspoonful ginger (dissolved in 1 cup hot water)

1/2 teaspoonful teaspoonful cinnamon

1/4 teaspoonful nutmeg

2 cups flour

Bake about 25 minutes [the BHS staff recommends a moderate oven temperature].

Recipe by Mrs. Henry R. M. Cook

Other recipes from this cookbook can be found here on our website!

I thought it would be good to share some photographs of the process and how my girlfriend and I decided to go about executing the recipe (as one can tell, there were no instructions on how to put this thing together).

We gathered all the ingredients and tried our best to follow the exact recipe and one of the first things I noticed was the amount of molasses being used for this recipe. I am not an experienced baker by any means and wasn’t sure if this was a common ingredient for ginger cake and google came up with mixed answers so we just shrugged and went on with combining the ingredients.

All the ingredients were just thrown into the mixer and churned until it looked like….something I won’t talk about. After the mixing, we poured the contents into a cake mold after lining the sides with oil. There were no temperature instructions so we just went with 375 and watched anxiously as it baked.

The end result was visually pretty good and it was much better than what we imagined in our heads when throwing it into the oven. We decided to take some liberties and apply a glaze over the cake for extra sugary goodness. Oh, and in regards to the taste….I give it a rating of Molasses out of 5.

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