preheat oven to 350. grease and lightly flour 3 8 1/2 inch round pans. in a amall bowl stir together flour, baking soda and cloves ; set aside.
in a large bowl mix beat butter with a miser on med speed for 30 seconds. add brown sugar beat until well mixed. beat in eggs until fluffy. beat in molasses on low speed.
alternately add flour mixture and milk beating on low speed after every addition just until combined.
divide batter evenly into prepared pans spreading to level
bake 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. remove from pans and cool completely