1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup molasses
1 cup hot water
2-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
Whipped topping (optional)
Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg and beat well. Mix in the molasses.
Next, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Add these dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Add the hot water and stir.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9-inch square pan. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Cool in pan; serve with whipped topping if desired.

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