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Pennsylvania Shoo Fly Cake

Pennsylvania Shoo Fly Cake


  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 Teaspoons baking soda


  • Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan.
  • Using a large bowl, stir the flour,brown sugar,and salt together. Add the butter. Work the butter into the mixture until you have crumbs using a pastry blender or rubbing the mixture together with your fingers. Take out 1 1/2 cups of crumbs, reserve for the topping.
  • In a large bowl combine the boiling water,molasses and baking soda, mix well with a whisk. Make sure to use a large bowl, when the baking soda is added it foams up quiet a bit.
  • Add 1/2 the liquid to the crumb mixture. Mix until moist and smooth. Add the remaining liquid and mix until just incorporated, the batter will be slightly runny.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan, top with reserved crumbs. press crumbs into the batter lightly. Bake 45 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.