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  1. 2 1/2 cups 156g / 5 1/2oz All-purpose flour

  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons 7 1/2ml Baking soda

  3. 1 teaspoon 5ml Ground cinnamon

  4. 1 teaspoon 5ml Ground ginger

  5. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Ground cloves

  6. 1/4 teaspoon 1 1/3ml Salt

  7. 1/2 cup 99g / 3 1/2oz Vegetable shortening

  8. 1/2 cup 99g / 3 1/2oz Sugar

  9. 1 cup 198g / 7oz Egg - beaten (large)

  10. 1 cup 110g / 3.9oz Mild molasses mixed with

  11. 1 cup hot water

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  1. Recipe Instructions Accompaniment: lightly sweetened whipped cream Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Beat together shortening, sugar, and egg in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. In 3 batches, alternately beat in flour mixture and molasses mixture at low speed until smooth. Pour batter into a greased 9- by 2-inch square metal baking pan and smooth top. Bake cake in middle of oven until a tester comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a rack. Cake keeps, covered, in pan at room temperature 2 days. Cooks' note: "Needing a cake for a surprise 60th birthday party for my husband and a friend, I used my mother's favorite cake recipe," writes Doris Lindsay of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. "It turned out that most of the party guests had never had gingerbread cake. It was so well received that I was inspired to send the recipe to you." Mrs. Lindsay sometimes mixes walnuts and raisins into the batter just before baking. It's also easy to double this recipe and have enough for a party; you'll just need 2 (9- by 2-inch) round pans or a 13- by 9- by 2-inch pan. Active time: 20 min Start to finish: 1 1/4 hr


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