Step 1

Cream together butter and brown sugar.

Step 2

Stir in molasses, egg, and vanilla extract.

Step 3

Mix in flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, and salt.

Step 4

Stir in boiling water.

Step 5

Pour into 9x9" baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Top with whipped cream (if desired) and enjoy!