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  • Preparation time : 15 min + 5 min
  • Ready in : 1h 35 min
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Delicious cakes do not need to be unhealthy sweet bombs – if you use smaller amounts of healthier sugars including raw molasses, coconut nectar and unsulphured (blackstrap) molasses. Using these sugars provides many nutrients that are devoid in refined, white sugar. Blackstrap molasses in particular are rich in iron, calcium and have a low GI, and are therefore absorbed slowly.

If you’d like your child to help with the cooking and learn more about food,
scroll down for our child friendly tips.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp raw molasses sugar (or coconut palm)
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar (alternatively maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, ground finely
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp baking soda, dissolved in 2 tbs warm water
  • 2 cups wholewheat flour

For the icing:

  • 5 tbsp cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celcius / 325 degrees F
  2. Melt the butter together with sugar, molasses, ginger and cinnamon in a saucepan.
  3. Turn of the heat, and add milk, eggs, and baking soda.
  4. Measure flour into a bowl and pour the liquids in, beating well until well mixed.
  5. Pour into an oven dish, and bake for 45 min to one hour – until risen and firm (don’t overcook – a bit sticky is great)
  6. Cool down and prepare the icing by mixing all the ingredients
  7. Spread the icing over the bake and enjoy

Get the children to help

Easy tasks for younger children

  • measure the ingredients
  • measure and mix the icing ingredients

Moderate tasks for older children

  • spread the icing on the cake

Brain Teaser

  • find out from what and how sugar is produced

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