Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Shoe Fly Cake

Those of you who know me know that I really do not enjoy cooking, but I’m a wife and mother and so I cook enough to keep everyone happy….well more or less. I live in Central Pennsylvania where the old timers speak Pennsylvania Dutch. A lot of the foods are prepared in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition where the cooking reflects both the German heritage and the hearty foods associated with the physical work involved in farming. One of my favorites has always been Shoe Fly Cake. I think the name was given to the shoe fly pie which is made very much like the cake, only in a pie shell. I would guess it was given the name because it is a sweet pie/cake and maybe a temptation to the flies…

Here is the recipe, it is a type of coffee cake and as I was growing up it was a special treat that my mother would sometimes make for our breakfast.

Shoe Fly Cake 8x8” pan

1 cup sugar
½ C margarine at room temperature
2 C. flour
1C. Hot Water
½ t. baking soda
½ C molsasses

Grease and flour an 8x8” pan.
Mix sugar, margarine and flour (Save about ½ C for the top)
Add hot water, soda and molasses
Mix together, but not thoroughly, it will be lumpy
Pour in pan and sprinkle the 1/2C mixture on top
Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes


Cottage said...

Oh my heavens that looks Amazing!

Laurie said...

That looks so yummy! I am making copy of the recipe!

Adie said...

Okay, now you've made me homesick and hungry! Looks like what my Mom and Aunt Dot make from time to time. I'll be up in two weeks for a piece! ha ha

Knitting Kris said...

I love shoefly cake and coffee! YUM!
I love your yard sale finds too!
We also did our porch similar to yours a couple of years ago (it needs redone again). We stained the wood on the floor and across the top banners and painted the spindles. A very popular and different approach to the traditional porch painting!

Joan Fricker said...

Your cake looks so yummy. I have never tasted Shoefly Cake, but the recipe sounds wonderful. Wish I was your neighbor and we could sit on you porch and have a "tea party", or should I say a Shoefly Cake Party?