Thursday, March 22, 2012

ShooFly Cake

ShooFly Cake!
This is an "old" favourite recipe that comes
from a friend in Pennsylvania.
She and her husband and two very young children
lived upstairs in our duplex in 1975.
We were only married for a couple of years then
and I was not very experienced at baking.
This recipe was easy to follow and it turned out 
every time.
It smells heavenly as it bakes!
I haven't made it for many years but am so 
glad to have rediscovered this delicious moist cake.
I'm not so fond of Shoofly Pie but this recipe
takes the cake!
Thanks Janet from PA.....

ShooFly Cake
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
4 Cups Flour
1 lb. Brown Sugar (approx. 1 3/4 Cups packed)
1 Cup Butter or Margarine
1 Cup Molasses
2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 Cups boiling Water
With a pastry blender crumb together the flour, brown sugar and butter - set aside and reserve 1 1/2 Cups of the crumbs.
In large mixing bowl, combine the molasses, baking soda and boiling water.  The soda will make it foamy.  Add the flour crumbs to this mixture (all except the reserved 1 1/2 Cups).  Beat with mixer till smooth and pour into a 9 X 13 (large) cake pan.  Sprinkle the reserved crumbs on top.  Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick tester comes our clean.

Serve with maple syrup and ice-cream - Mmmmm.  Another way we like to eat it is with or in a glass of milk!

Did you know that Molasses is a very healthy natural sweetener?  It is a staple in the kitchens of Newfoundland (especially with Toutons a.k.a. Lassy Toutons). It was widely used as a health tonic in years gone by.

Till next time..........enjoy some lassy cake!


  1. one of my favs!! xoBex

  2. Oh, I've always been curious about this pie but never knew how to make it. Thanks for enlightening truly looks wonderful :) Have a wonderful weekend...I'm off on spring break next week~

  3. I'll have to try this!
    Molasses is a staple in Cape Breton homes. I grew up having it with butter on Johnnie Cake and on Tea Biscuits. There's nothing more comforting than a warm Tea Biscuit with butter and molasses and a cup of strong tea!

  4. Rosella,
    It was a surprise to see this recipe from me! In fact I needed to try to make it one more time as it had been years since I last made the cake. It turned out just fine. Another way to eat this cake is to pour some homemade applesauce over your own piece of cake, along with a cup of coffee!
    Janet from PA

    1. Hi dear Janet from PA ... so nice to hear from you! Yes, the applesauce sounds like a great way to eat this cake. Hope all is well with you and yours!!!

    2. Please send me your email - so I can write you an update on our family. Thanks. - Janet


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