currant molasses cake

Currant Molasses Cake

Hey there! This week the Captain’s Lady has us making currant molasses cake. I was skeptical and a little concerned that it would be a wash. After Michael went back for seconds, thirds, and then fourths I was surprised! Give currant molasses cake a try and enjoy the second to the last journal entry from the Captain’s Lady cookbook/journal. There is so much more in the book which can be purchased from Amazon in the links below.

currant molasses cake

The Captain’s Wife Episode 09: My Captain


“My Captain is a man of character, intellect, courage, honor strength; moral as well as physical. A man of daring, adventure, vision, he has his eye fixed on the North Star with his hand at the helm and is able to chart and hold a true course. He is skilled in the ways of the sea and possesses all the necessary instincts of a deep water sailor, especially the ability to feel his way through shrouds of fog and darkness and bring his ship into safe harbour. His great compassion enables him to handle relationships with people of all characters and nationalities. The determination, dedication and devotion he expends on his many enterprises are noteworthy. Besides being an astute businessman, he is also an engineer, astronomer and navigator. His deep love of nature is revealed in his descriptions of sunsets in the South Seas, sea gulls flying overhead, then darting into the opalescent waters which are fairly leaping with silvery fish.

Aboard ship his life filled with loneliness, because to maintain order he must isolate himself from his crew. A steward attends to his needs and serves him his meals alone for he must eat in seclusion. The technicalities of charts and maps occupy many hours of his time and successful completion of the long voyage depends on his astuteness in these areas. His moments of relaxation are spent in the study and collecting of shells, buying unusual objects of art for our home and smoking his pipe. He takes great pride in his ship. It is a great beauty with that mark of the perfect clipper ship: a magnificent curve to its bow. This curve provides the great speed for which the ship was built. It is trim, elegant and handsome; just like my Captain; a true Aristocrat of Sail.”

(The Captain’s Lady Cookbook – Personal Journal Vol. II )

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Currant Molasses Cake
This 1800's loaf cake recipe from the Captain's Lady is sweet but hearty. Recipes like currant molasses cake have a taste of history in every bite.
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3373 calories
580 g
616 g
106 g
46 g
62 g
1105 g
1226 g
308 g
4 g
35 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3373
Calories from Fat 928
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 106g
Saturated Fat 62g
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 28g
Cholesterol 616mg
Sodium 1226mg
Total Carbohydrates 580g
Dietary Fiber 18g
Sugars 308g
Protein 46g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1 teaspoon mace
  4. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon lemon rind; graded
  6. 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  7. 1/2 teaspoon soda
  8. 1 cup molasses
  9. 1/2 cup butter
  10. 1 cup currants
  11. 1 cup sultanas
  1. Mix butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  2. Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan and cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Adapted from The Captain's Lady Cookbook - Journal (Volume II)
Adapted from The Captain's Lady Cookbook - Journal (Volume II)
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