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Sep 25, 2005 04:51 PM

Can I substitute maple syrup for molasses?

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I'm making an applesauce spice cake and just realized that I forgot to buy molasses at the market. I do have some maple syrup on hand. Would that work as a substitution? The recipe calls for 1/2 cup if that makes any difference. THANK YOU.

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  1. I think it's going to really mess up your flavor -- I make a ginger cake with molasses and the flavor is deeper, darker, and complex...not the simple maple sweet of maple syrup. Maple syrup is much sweeter.

    just my first thought...

    1. Maple syrup is made from the sap of the sugar maple tree. Molasses is made from sugar cane. They are two totally different ingredients. I, personally, wouldn't substitute one for the other.

      1. I'll take the minority view - go for it. I've successfully swapped maple syrup, honey and molasses for each other. The flavor will certainly be different, but texturally there won't be much change. Maple syrup and honey are both sweeter than molasses, you might skimp just a bit on the 1/2 cup measure to try to make up for it. But unless this is a special occasion, I would try it. What do you have to lose? It may be a little sweet, or not have the flavor you were quite expecting, but it will certainly be edible, and quite possibly you'll end up with something better than the original recipe, in which case you can call this your own personal applesauce cake variation.