Sorghum Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

This Sorghum Cake is absolutely delicious.  I use sorghum to make this cake but I am sure you could use any kind of molasses you happen to have on hand. Sorghum is a staple in a lot of Southern kitchens and used in many recipes.  It can be hard to find.  You can order it online or get it at most any Amish store.

Sorghum Cake Ingredients Needed:

White sugar



Sorghum or Molasses

All-purpose flour

Baking soda


Ground cinnamon

Ground ginger

Ground cloves


Cinnamon Sauce Ingredients Needed:


Confectioners sugar





I will say I think the sauce is a must with this cake. It’s so good and it just takes it to the next level. I like to keep the sauce in a separate container and pour it over each individual slice. It really makes this cake taste great with all the spices in the cake and then the addition of the cinnamon sauce. This cake would be great for any holiday dessert table. You may also like this Hot Water Gingerbread.

This cinnamon sauce would be a great over any gingerbread cake or spice cake.


Sorghum Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks


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Sorghum Cake with Cinnamon Sauce

Judy Yeager
This delicious cake is always a hit!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sorghum or molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup hot water

Cinnamon Sauce Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Cream together the sugar and butter or margarine.  Add egg, and beat well.  Mix in molasses.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour into 9 inch sprayed pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes.
  • Cool and serve.

Cinnamon Sauce Instructions

  • Melt butter in saucepan on stove.  Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil.  Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.  Cool and pour over individual servings of cake.


The sauce I put over this cake can be used over any kind of cake or gingerbread. 
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  1. My mom use to make this but she cut the layers in half and then she would spread home made apple butter between all of the layers and topped it with apple butter. It was soooo good… Everybody loved it.

  2. I made this cake today and it is wonderful! This recipe is deifnitely a keeper. We loved the cinnamon sauce and imagine all sorts of uses for it. The cooking temp and length of time was a little too hot and too long for my oven, so I’ll note that on the recipe I save.

  3. That looks delicious! I would need to use regular molasses since they do not sell sorghum molasses here, but I imagine that would work. I also want to try your pumpkin cake. It’s a good recipe to try for Thanksgiving. Thanks Judy!

  4. I’m guessing very moist and delicious!!! Wonderful recipe for this great fall weather. Thanks for sharing it….