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Syrup Cake (Gateau du Sirop)

This simple, gingerbread-like dessert is adapted from an old Cajun recipe provided by Jeanelle Hebert Montet of Bridge City, a member of Les Acadiens du Texas.

  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. cane syrup (such as Steen’s or Fain’s)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Combine soda and boiling water in a large bowl. Add sugar, oil, and syrup, mixing well; stir in eggs. Set aside.

Combine flour and spices in another bowl; add to syrup mixture, and mix thoroughly. Pour into greased and floured 9x13 pan. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Yield: 12-16 servings.

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