This recipe is from Shirley McNevich's Mom's Best Recipes Vol 1. Published here with her permission.
Don't forget to check Shirley's blog.
(by Aunt Hazel Herman)
4 cups of sifted flour (measure before sifting)
2 cups of Domino Sugar (one white and one dark brown)
1 tsp salt
1 cup Crisco shortening
Mix these ingredients by hand until they get crumby. Take out 1 cup of
this mixture and save to top cake later.
For the liquid part of the cake:
1 cup Brer Rabbit Green Label baking molasses
2 cups warm water
1 TBSP Arm and Hammer baking soda
Stir these ingredients by hand with a spoon. Stir crumbs into the
liquid. Grease and flour long cake pan 13 by 9 by 2. Pour mixture into
the baking pan. Sprinkle the one cup of saved crumbs over top of the
cake before baking.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Test if it's done using a
toothpick. Poke cake with toothpick after 1 hour. If toothpick comes
out clean, it's done. If it doesn't come out clean, leave in a few
more minutes and retest.