A variation on the old Pennsylvania Dutch favorite, Shoo Fly Pie. Not as sweet or gooey as Shoo Fly Pie, this cake is much better the day after you bake it. Works really well as cupcakes. I made mini cupcakes for Christmas, always a hit.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9 x 13 inch pan.

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  • Dissolve soda in boiling water. Set aside.

  • Mix together flour, brown sugar, salt, and vegetable oil to form a crumb-like mixture. Reserve 1 cup of the crumbs. Mix the remaining crumbs with the water and soda mixture. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs on top.

  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until done.

Nutrition Facts

278 calories; 2.9 g protein; 45.9 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 335.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2010
When the correct ingredients are used this recipe is 5 stars and very easy. This is very similar to my family recipe, except (as others have noticed) it's missing the most important ingredient MOLASSES. Split the water into two containers, disolve the baking soda in 1/4 cup and disolve 1cup molasses in the other. Mix as per recipe discription. Batter is very liquidy, but cake is not. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/21/2007
The cake tasted too floury and was somewhat puddingy. My family did not like it. Read More
(5)
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2010
When the correct ingredients are used this recipe is 5 stars and very easy. This is very similar to my family recipe, except (as others have noticed) it's missing the most important ingredient MOLASSES. Split the water into two containers, disolve the baking soda in 1/4 cup and disolve 1cup molasses in the other. Mix as per recipe discription. Batter is very liquidy, but cake is not. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2010
When the correct ingredients are used this recipe is 5 stars and very easy. This is very similar to my family recipe, except (as others have noticed) it's missing the most important ingredient MOLASSES. Split the water into two containers, disolve the baking soda in 1/4 cup and disolve 1cup molasses in the other. Mix as per recipe discription. Batter is very liquidy, but cake is not. Read More
(23)
Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2010
I make this cake from my mother-in-laws recipe. She is PA Dutch. You really need molasses - use instead of oil. Will taste more like shoo-fly pie. I rated this recipe using molasses not oil. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/21/2007
The cake tasted too floury and was somewhat puddingy. My family did not like it. Read More
(5)
Rating: 2 stars
12/23/2007
This recipe did not taste at all like shoo fly pie....probably because there is no molasses in the recipe. Read More
(3)
Rating: 2 stars
11/18/2011
Did not taste like shoo fly at all. Made again with black strap molasses (half oil/half molasses) turned out much better.I kept the oil unlike others to keep moisture in the cake. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/11/2008
This cake was kinda dry and not molasses tasting like a shoo fly pie has. The recipe didn't have any molasses in it maybe that's why it didn't have the shoo fly pie taste / flavor? Most of the crumb topping fell to the bottom of the baked cake. Only a little circle in the middle of the cake did the crumbs stay on top of the cake. Maybe i will try again? Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2012
Easy to make. Floury taste. We added maple syrup and it turned out great though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2006
My mother got this recipe from a friend a long time ago and lost it. I finally found it here and remember it as a child. It's great for breakfast too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2014
I've never tasted Shoo Fly Pie so I can't compare to that. But instead of just oil I put a little bit of oil and a lot of maple syrup (didn't have molasses). It tastes good to me! The consistency is more like a bread than a cake though. Read More
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