Shoo Fly Cupcakes

Ellen Moffa


My Mother's Shoo Fly Pie was always one of my favorite's growing up. This recipe was handed down to me many years ago. My adult twin sons still request Shoo Fly Pie for their birthday. My 3 year old Grandson also loves it. He likes to help me bake as my little helper. We now make them in a cupcake instead of a pie for him. He likes to put the crumbs on the top and then watch them grow in the oven. Such a simple recipe and such a joy to make!


★★★★★ 1 vote

10 Min
20 Min


  • 1 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/4 c
    butter, softened
  • 1/2 c
    boiling water
  • 1/2 c
    dark molasses
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 pinch

How to Make Shoo Fly Cupcakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Line cupcake pan with liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour,sugar,salt and butter. mix until it looks like a crumb topping. reserve 1/2 cup for the crumbs , set aside.
  3. Add baking soda to boiling water, stir. This will foam up and will be added to the dry mixture.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients to the dry and stir well.
  5. Pour batter into prepared cupcake liners.
  6. Sprinkle each cupcake with the reserved crumbs and bake.

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About Shoo Fly Cupcakes

Course/Dish: Cakes Other Snacks
Other Tag: For Kids

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