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Shoo Fly Cake

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

This is a simple dessert, delicious on its own, or it can be added to. And by adding to I mean, homemade applesauce or port wine stewed dried plums served alongside, making it company fare. Or for Sunday brunch or dinner for the family, after all, 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. But 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 favorite dessert and you won't grow tired of it.

The next time I make this to enjoy, I will use whole wheat pastry flour in place of the all-purpose. I will keep you posted when I do.

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

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

I use evaporated cane juice/organic sugar, it is darker in color, but not noticeable in the finished baked goods.. 

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 2 T brown sugar to the reserved crumb mixture, mix well. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the cake batter.
Shoo Fly Cake, a delicious old fashioned molasses and crumb top  cake.

Bake 25- 30 minutes.

Serves 6-8 with whipped cream and fruit or just a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. But this cake is also delicious plain, right from the oven, after a brief cooling period!


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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.


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