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Molasses Skillet Cake

by Amy D

The deep and rich flavor of molasses brings a whole new life to a simple boxed yellow cake mix in this Molasses Skillet Cake.

Topped with crunchy and buttery crumble topping, this moist and dense cake doesn’t need anything special to go alongside it, but a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream does make an excellent pairing. I wanted to say a mighty fine pairing, but I’m trying to reign myself in from talking too country. A slice of Molasses Skillet Cake on a plate, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

You guys…I love cake mix. I really do. I don’t ever follow the instructions on the box, but cake mix as an ingredient? Heck ya. I love a good mix hack and today I’ve got one I think you’ll love too.

Molasses Skillet Cake is just about as humble as a country dessert as you can get. It doesn’t take any fancy ingredients and it doesn’t require any fancy tools. You don’t even need a mixer! Just a bowl for mixing and a cast iron skillet for baking.

The ingredients you will need: boxed yellow cake mix, eggs, ginger, buttermilk, butter, and molasses.

What you’ll need to make Molasses Skillet Cake:

  • Boxed Yellow Cake Mix
  • Melted Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Molasses
  • Eggs
  • Ginger

A fresh baked Molasses Skillet Cake in a cast iron skillet on top of a checked red towel. What if you don’t have a cast iron skillet?

Then I’d try and convince you to buy a cast iron skillet because they are such an all-round workhorse in the kitchen. Really, there’s a reason that 98% of our grandmothers and mothers had cast iron skillets in their kitchens. They transition from stove top to oven like a champ, are easy to clean and care for, make THE BEST fried chicken and you can bake a cake in them. Oh, they’re also cheap. Sold yet?

Please note: If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, this cake can be baked in a 9×13 baking pan.

A slice of Molasses Skillet Cake with whipped cream sits next to a cast iron skillet.

Molasses Skillet Cake is:

  • Old-fashioned and Easy
  • Crunchy and Crumbly
  • Dense and Moist
  • Rich and Dark

For an easy and delicious country dinner combination, try pairing this dessert with Slow Cooker Calico Beans.

A bowl of Slow Cooker Calico Beans sitting on a napkin with a spoon.

Molasses Skillet Cake

Molasses Skillet Cake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

The deep and rich flavor of molasses brings a whole new life to a simple boxed yellow cake mix in this Molasses Skillet Cake.


  • 1  (16.5 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup butter , melted
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 10.5 inch cast iron skillet with baking spray with flour. 
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the cake mix and melted butter until crumbly. Remove 1 cup of the crumbs and set aside for later. 
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the cake mix and mix well. Some small lumps may remain. 
  4. Pour the cake batter into the prepared skillet and top with the reserved crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 
  5. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if desired. 

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