Traditional Groaning Cake

They say that when a woman is in labour, cracking eggs to make a groaning cake will make her labour shorter, and the scent of the cake will ease her pain.

Maybe, maybe not…but the act of lovingly preparing a cake during labour – or anytime – can be meditative, and a way of doting on your unborn baby and your beautiful pregnant self.

This is a cross-posting from my new site, Nalumana Women’s Wellness.


Traditional Groaning Cake
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  1. 2 1/2 cups flour
  2. 2 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1 tsp. baking soda
  4. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  6. 1 1/3 cups sugar
  7. 3 eggs
  8. ½ cup oil
  9. ½ cup orange juice
  10. ¼ cup molasses
  11. 1 ½ cups apple (grated, no skin)
  12. 1 tsp. almond extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, and then combine. Stir until just incorporated.
  3. Pour out the batter into a greased loaf pan or into a muffin tin lined with paper liners. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin/the loaf comes out clean (muffins probably won’t take the full baking time).
Adapted from Ami McKay
Adapted from Ami McKay
Purple House Café