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MOLASSES CAKE

3 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ginger
2/3 cup shortening
1 cup sour milk or water
1 cup molasses
2 eggs, unbeaten

Sift flour, sugar, soda, salt, and spices together. Put in bowl,
drop in shortening, add 1/2 cup sour milk, molasses, and eggs.
Beat well for 2 minutes, then add rest of milk. Beat 2 more minutes.
Bake at 350 deg. for 45-55 minutes, or until done. Bake in a 9x12"
oblong pan for 45-55 minutes for a tall cake, or in a 12x18" pan
for 25-30 minutes.

Frost with Caramel Frosting, or sprinkle with powdered sugar, or
eat warm with whipped cream.


CARAMEL FROSTING

2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar
2 Tbs.. light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup butter or oleo

In a sauce pan, mix all ingredients well, and bring slowly to a
full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil briskly 2 minutes,
or 2 1/2 minutes on a humid or rainy day.

Cool to lukewarm, and add 1 tsp. vanilla. Beat until creamy, and
thick enough to spread.

Variation

Boil till firm ball stage for fudge like frosting. Add 1/2 cup
peanut butter after boiling and before beating.

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