Molasses and wattleseed bundt cake

Molaases and wattle seed cake by mildlyindian.

Are you ready for the holidays?

It is Christmas in less than 20 days. Have you baked yet? Have you soaked the fruits?
There is so much to the holiday season, I can’t believe I haven’t started. Forget the baking, the gifts,  the planning the listing… nothing!! I do have a quick and easy vegan Christmas cake recipe already on this blog that I lean towards for this season.

Here is the recipe for the spiced Christmas cake.

Yet, I love those baked treats and edible gifts around this time of the year for sure. That is when I received this treasured molasses cake recipe. This recipe was gifted by a friend to whose family it belonged forever. When I baked it over the weekend, the house smelt so aromatic and if all things nice! So I couldn’t wait to share this updated molasses cake recipe( with permission of course!)

a slice of molasses cake with wattleseed.

Did I tweak the original recipe?

Yes, sure. The recipe was given to me to try as it never worked past their grandmother’s time. I am not that great a baker, but sure am adventurous to play around with stuff like these. There are a couple of things I modified in this recipe to make it work.  I added my secret ingredient to the recipe – wattle seed.

molasses cake with wattle seed mildlyindian

With a complex flavour between coffee chocolate and a nutty aroma of hazelnut, wattleseed is perhaps the most popular bush food that we come across in Australia.  Known for its protein content and flour value, this hard seed is valuable to make cookies and damper recipes from the aboriginal traditions. This seed of the Acacia plant is the same one with those puffy yellow flowers that you would have seen me post in my Instagram account. Now the wattle seed I have used in these are sourced from @melbournebushfood.
The combination of the wattleseed here is just to bring forth that complex aroma in the cake. It is an exciting twist that adds complexity to this old recipe giving it a modern twist, Kinda updated. 

Ready to bake?

Scroll down to the recipe and don’t forget to do your Christmas shopping and hey!! If you make this recipe will you please tag us. 

Some more edible gifts? 

I love receiving edible gifts and love making them. Here are a couple of recipes that I am planning to make this weekend. Click on these links to get the recipes. 


Dark chocolate seed clusters .

Tofu Brownies

Crispy chocolate wonton

Wish you a happy holiday prep time.

Molaases and wattle seed cake by mildlyindian.

Molasses and wattleseed bundt cake

Course Desserts, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine Autumn, Baking, Fusion, International, Spring, Summer, Winter


Dry indgredients

  • 2.5 cup whole wheat flour
  • 0,5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp Wattle seed crushed

Wet ingredients

  • 0.5 cup butter ( unsalted)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup low fat/ full cream milk
  • 1/3 cup brewed coffee

To serve

  • 1/2 cup whipped cream


  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.
  • Grease the bundt pan with butter and remeber to grease the nooks and crannies well.
  • Sift together the Wholewheat flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Sift it twice for the lightness.
  • Sprinkle the wattle seed powder and set aside.
  • Whisk together the butter, eggs, and the unrefined sugar till well creamed.
  • Now add the coffee, molasses, milk and whisk till you have a smooth mix.
  • Add the sifted flour a little at a time and blend it slowly.
  • Pour into the bundt pan till halfway and bake for 20 minutes. Check with the skewer if it comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 10 to 20 minutes
  • Run a blunt knife along the edges and unmould the cake.
  • Serve the cake with whipped cream.


You can increase the sweetness by adding up to 3/4 cup brown sugar if you like. I prefer a milder sweetness hence reduced it. 
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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3 years ago
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Such a nice and unique recipe. This cake looks so rich and delicious. Can’t wait to bake this for my husband who loves cakes.

Bless my food by Payal
3 years ago

I can feel the aroma and taste of strong coffee merely by reading the recipe. Cake looks beautiful and nicely baked.

Lata Lala
3 years ago

The cake looks so beautiful and has a festive look. It has baked beautifully and can imagine the wow flavour of coffee in this. Such a unique dessert.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan
3 years ago
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I love the flavor of molasses. Wattleseed sounds amazing and I have never heard of it. I need to look up for it. Love the dense cake with coffee flavor. Will be a great choice for tea time!

Mayuri Patel
3 years ago

Seema I always get to learn about unusual ingredients whenever I visit your blog. Had no idea what wattle seed was but now I know. I can imagine the sweetish aroma that must have filled your kitchen when you baked the molasses and wattleseed bundt cake.

3 years ago
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This cake looks delicious and flavorful! Wattleseed sounds amazing just now I learned about it! Thanks for the new and yummy recipe.

Poonam bachhav
3 years ago
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Love the look of your Bundt cake with molasses and strong coffee flavor. Though never heard of the secret ingredient, wattle seed that you have used here.

3 years ago

Never seen or heard about wattleseeds, sounds like a superfood to me. This cake sounds so delicious and perfect for a coffee morning.

3 years ago

Never heard of wattleseed but I amsure the description you gave it sounds really amazing. Molasses and wattleseed together in theis bundt cake must have been an amazing treat.

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