Shoofly Cake Recipe, Amish Molasses Cake

Dutch Shoofly Cake

Shoofly Cake

If you’ve had a chance to visit Amish Country in Lancaster, PA, you might be familiar with shoofly pie. This Amish Shoofly cake recipe is similar to the shoofly pie. It is a deliciously moist molasses cake.

Shoofly cake has a lot of the same ingredients as the pie, including that wonderful molasses flavor. But pies take a little longer to make, especially if you use homemade crusts. And baking a pie may feel more intimidating than baking a cake. So here is a recipe for shoofly cake that is super easy and quick to make.

Pennsylvania Shoofly Cake

Shoofly cake and shoofly pie are both very popular with the Lancaster County Amish. Many Amish homes serve shooflies for breakfast. And we always ate ours covered in milk, almost like it was cereal. We poured milk on to add moisture to the dry crumbs that were on the top. And I still like to eat it with milk, although I like it even more with a cup of coffee.

This shoofly cake recipe is great to eat at any time of the day or night :). I love it with coffee for breakfast, but you can also serve it for dessert with any meal.

I didn’t make any shoofly for a long time, and I forgot how much I love it! It is addicting! Whenever I make it, I can’t stop eating it. And I’ll probably make this shoo fly cake quite frequently because it takes very little time and effort to make, and I am in love with it. I know, it’s not healthy and I shouldn’t eat it. But it’s so good!!

Molasses Crumb Cake

I never thought of it before, but I guess as Amish in Lancaster County, we ate quite a bit of molasses in different recipes that we often used. And I love the flavor of good molasses, especially in baked goods.

Some of the Amish make their church peanut butter spread with Karo syrup, but we always made ours with molasses. Find my Amish peanut butter recipe here.

There is a Golden Barrel Molasses Company in Honey Brook, PA (my hometown), so we had access to good molasses locally. And we always used their molasses, which is some of the best-tasting.

Here is an affiliate link for Golden Barrel molasses, in case you’re interested…

Cake with Molasses

This Amish molasses cake recipe is easy to make. Simply mix the brown sugar, flour, and butter to make fine crumbs. You can crumble this mixture in your Kitchen Aid mixing bowl with the paddle attachment or use a pastry blender.

Save two cups of crumbs for the top.

shoofly cake ingredients

In a separate bowl, combine the boiling water and soda, add the salt and molasses. Mix well. Add this mixture to the remaining crumb mixture. Stir or whisk to combine. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13″ pan.

Starting at the edges, sprinkle the reserved crumbs on the top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 – 45 minutes. Cool.

And that’s it, now you have an Amish shoofly cake (molasses cake) to enjoy!

You can store this cake at room temperature for at least a week. It’s never lasted any longer than that at my house, so I don’t know exactly how long it will last? But if you don’t think you’ll get it all eaten within a week, I would suggest putting a few pieces in the freezer to keep it fresh for later.

Amish Shoofly cake

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Shoofly Cake

Amish Shoofly Cake

Shoofly Cake is a moist molasses cake that is similar to shoofly pie. This is a well-known breakfast dessert among the Lancaster County Amish. It pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Amish
Servings 15 people


  • 2 scant c. brown sugar
  • 2 sticks butter 1/2 lb.
  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. Golden Barrel unsulfured baking molasses
  • 2 c. boiling water
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix brown sugar, flour, and butter with a pastry blender until you have fine crumbs.
  • Reserve two cups of the crumbs for the top.
  • Combine the boiling water and baking soda, add the molasses and salt. Mix well and allow to cool for a couple minutes.
  • Mix the molasses mixture with the remaining crumbs. And pour this into a greased 9×13" baking dish.
  • Starting at the edges, scatter the reserved 2 cups of crumbs over the top.
  • Bake for about 40 – 45 minutes. Cool and enjoy.


If you prefer, you can mix the flour, brown sugar, and butter in your mixer with the paddle attachment to make the crumbs. You will, however, want to use softened butter.
Store at room temperature.
Keyword Amish shoofly cake, Cake with molasses, Shoofly Cake recipe

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8 thoughts on “Shoofly Cake Recipe, Amish Molasses Cake

  1. Just wanted to say I was born and raised in Lancaster (still live here, near Mountville) and really love your blog if recipes! I also enjoyed reading your story. Glad you decided to take up blogging 🙂 I’ve always appreciated a good, home-cooked meal and I know the local PA Dutch make some amazing foods!

  2. 5 stars
    EASY. and just like a true wet bottom pie but in cake form without rolling dough. 9 x13 pan means larger quantity at one time baking it.

  3. SO glad to find this cake versus pie recipe for shoo fly. Made this cake using Golden Barrel Supreme unsulfured baking molasses in 9×13 aluminum cake pan. 45 min at 350. Since i assume you have made this several times, would like your suggestions for next time i make this. i see directions say ‘about 45 min’. When i took out of oven at 45 min and did toothpick check in center of cake, toothpick came out clean so i assumed it was ‘done’. However, when cutting the cake, the corner edges were runny without a crumb bottom (like a wet bottom shoo fly) but the closer you get to the center there is a perfect crumb bottom. So question is … when you pour the hot liquid molasses mix over the crumb layer, even tho doing it slowly, should it be perhaps be cooled down a little first ? It was hard to decide to let it bake a little longer since center was perfect and the dark color (from molasses) that comes thru on the edges when taking out of oven makes you think ‘it’s done on edges’. Perhaps it was even my thicker bottom aluminum pan causing this. Anyhow… this turned out as a perfect wet bottom pie in cake form if omitting about 4 inches in from the 9 x 13 pan runny areas.

    1. Honestly, I made this three times in the past few months. Each time it turned out a little differently. I will play around more with this recipe to see if I can figure out what makes the difference. Sometimes it’s wetter on the bottom than others. I will try mixing my crumbs and liquid, except some for the top. I’ll adjust the recipe as I figure it out.

  4. I purchased the black strap molasses. What is the difference between it and the baking molasses. Can they be used interchangeably?

    BTW, I’m from Lancaster & Chester counties in PA. We moved to TN 7 years ago. I’m enjoying your blog.

    1. Blackstrap molasses has a lot stronger flavor. You may want to add corn syrup to it to tame it down a bit unless you love that strong flavor. I’m glad you are enjoying my blog!

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