Shoo Fly Cake, a cake built of crumbs and molasses.

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Shoo Fly Cake, a delicious old fashioned molasses and crumb top  cake.
Shoo-Fly Cake
Do you cook with molasses? If not, I hope you will make this cake. It is that good...Shoo-fly Cake is a simple dessert, very delicious on its own, or it can be dressed up a bit. And by dressed up I mean serving a spoonful of homemade cinnamon applesauce or red wine stewed dried plums alongside, making it company fare as well. Or for Sunday brunch or dinner for the family, as well, because we don't save everything for guests around here!

I found this recipe so many years ago, and it took me a few years before I baked it. Why I waited so long is a mystery, because I love the flavor of molasses. When I came upon the recipe, I knew I would love it, and I did. This is one of those simple desserts that can be eaten several times a year, just like gingerbread, yellow cake, or your own personal favorite that you never grow tired of it.

And before we get to the baking, it goes without saying that a small scoop of vanilla ice cream served atop a warm slice of this Shoo-fly Cake is a match made in dessert heaven...

Shoo-Fly Cake
adapted from a recipe found in a magazine many years ago, author unknown, but thanked many, many times.
updated 02/2020
350-degree oven

21/2 c flour
3/4 c sugar
1 t soda
Whisk together in a large bowl.

1/2 c butter

Cut in butter until the mixture looks like cornmeal. Reserve 1/3 c of this mixture and set aside. 


  This is so easy, add 1 c hot water to the cup, 
slowly pour molasses until total equals 1 1/2 cups, then stir.

1 c hot water
1/2 c molasses

Stir together and add to the crumb mixture in the large bowl, stirring just to blend. Pour into a prepared 9 inch round baking pan.

Add 1/4 brown sugar to the reserved crumb mixture, mixing together evenly. Sprinkle over the top of the cake batter.

Shoo Fly Cake, a delicious old fashioned molasses and crumb top  cake.

Bake 25- 30 minutes, or until done in your oven. Let cool briefly before cutting and serving. 


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  1. I have always thought of Shoo Fly cake as an Amish recipe. There is also Shoo Fly pie. Regardless, your cake looks wonderful!

    1. That is my understanding also, this is a cake version of the famous pie, enjoyed by generations. I have made Shoo fly Pie, it is very rich. This has a lighter taste and is quite delicious.

  2. I've made shoo fly pie before, but never shoo fly cake. I think I might even like the cake more than the pie. Thank you so much for sharing, Melynda, it's so lovely to see you back at the party!

    1. Thank you! I have been making this cake for over 30 years, it is one of those recipes that stands the test of time.

  3. When we are on the road I don't cook much. Our 25' motorhome has such a small oven I'm not sure what would fit. I just use it to warm things. My favourite place to cook is up at our floating cabin in Coastal BC. I have everything I need to make just about anything with a large propane stove and refrigerator. - Margy

    1. When you get a chance to make this, I think you will enjoy it. Ohhh, floating cabin, I would love that!


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