Today I made Shoo Fly Cake, a sweet molasses cake that is a staple in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where I lived almost half of my life. This cake is truly a testimony to the marvelous reactions that occur when certain ingredients make contact. Here is the chemistry in action.
Dry ingredients: 4 cups flour, 2 cups light brown sugar, 1 tsp salt, 3/4 cup shortening. Mix to make crumbs. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture for later.
Next, some of the wet ingredients + the magic dry ingredient: 1 cup Grandma's Molasses (yellow label), 1 egg, 1 tablespoon baking soda.
Now for the catalyst: 2 cups boiling water.
And reaction! Love the foamy bubbles!
Add the dry ingredients to this mixture and pour into 9x13 pan, sprayed with cooking spray.
Top with the reserved dry mixture.
To complete the chemical reaction add heat! Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
This cake is delicious served warm or cold. In fact, this is the cake my husband has requested I make for him to take to work on his birthday. One catch - I'll need to make two of them!
So today my Sticks and String were a wooden spoon and my apron. Hope you enjoy!