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PA Dutch 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 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Amish
Servings 20 people
Calories 322 kcal


  • 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 9x13" 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.


Serving: 1servingSodium: 322mgCalcium: 59mgVitamin A: 282IUSugar: 18gFiber: 1gPotassium: 400mgCholesterol: 24mgCalories: 322kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 6gFat: 10gProtein: 5gCarbohydrates: 54gIron: 3mg
Keyword Amish Molasses Cake, Amish shoofly cake, Shoofly Cake recipe
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