it's best to stay inside and eat cake.
2 C all-purpose flour
1 teas baking soda
1 1/2 teas ground ginger
1 teas ground cinnamon
1/4 teas ground cloves
1/2 teas salt
1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
3/4 C packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 C molasses
2/3 C hot water
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Grease 9" square baking pan (2" deep) and set aside.
Combine flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in medium bowl.
In large bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one and a time, beating well after each. Mix in molasses, then flour mixture, then the hot water. Mix well until batter is smooth.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in middle of the oven for 40-45 minutes, until a tester is clean. Cool in the pan, on a rack, for another 20 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.