- One-fourth cup (one-half stick) butter
- One-half cup light brown sugar
- 2 large baking apples
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- One and one-fourth teaspoons ground ginger
- One-half teaspoon ground cinnamon
- One-half teaspoon ground nutmeg
- One-half cup shortening
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup unsulphered molasses
- One-half cup milk
- Two and one-fourth cups sifted all-purpose flour
- One-half cup hot water
- Heavy cream, whipped (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Melt the butter in a 10-inch heavy-bottomed skillet. Sprinkle the brown sugar uniformly over the bottom. Peel, core, and cut apples into one-half inch crosswise slices. Arrange them in the bottom of the skillet, overlapping the edges.
- Combine the next 7 ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Beat in the egg. Stir in the molasses. Add the milk alternately with the flour. Beat in the hot water.
- Spoon the batter over the apples and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan 10 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate, but do not remove the pan for 5 minutes. This permits sugar and butter topping to run down over cake. Serve with the whipped cream, if desired.