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Amish Shoo-Fly Cake Recipe

People flock to Pennsylvania Dutch Amish country to take in the Amish culture, visit the many shops, and to have a piece of the famous Shoo Fly Cake. Use this classic recipe to bring an Amish tradition into your home.

Shoo-Fly Cake Ingredients:


  • 6 cups flour

  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 1 cup lard


  • 2 cups molasses

  • 2 cups hot water

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda diluted in boiling water.

How to make Shoo-Fly Cake:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 ° F

  2. In a bowl, mix together crumb ingredients.

  3. Set aside 3/4 cups of crumbs for top.

  4. In a second bowl, mix together syrup ingredients

  5. Pour crumbs and syrup alternately into a 13 X 9 X 2 inch cake pan.

  6. Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top.

  7. Bake 45 to 50 minutes.

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