Molasses Drop Cakes by Fannie Farmer

Y’all remember that Seinfeld episode where Elaine professes that the muffin tops are the only worthy part of a muffin?

Well… Fannie Farmer may have solved Elaine’s muffin woes (muffins sans “stump”).  Fannie’s molasses drop cakes have the exact texture of a muffin top.

Now that we’ve solved all the important problems of a fictional character, let’s move on to Fannie Farmers recipe. 


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup molasses 
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend dry ingredients together. Next add wet ingredients. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.

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