Shoo (Mouse) Fly Cupcakes

Shoofly pie (or shoo-fly) is a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch molasses pie. It has been twenty one years since I have tasted the pie, but I remember thinking it was delicious.  I unfortunately equate that experience with mice, since after we dined at an Amish restaurant, I stopped at a bakery, and bought a bag of cookies. When we arrived home, I went to place the cookies in my pantry, only to have a furry creature scurry past my hand.

After I stopped screaming, I grabbed my three year old daughter, waved to my husband, and barked out orders about finding that effing mouse, and killing it. Until then, I would be sleeping at my mom's house, with our daughter.
Years later, my husband admitted that after he trapped the mouse, he relocated it to the woods. Argh!

The cupcake version, which I whipped up twenty one years after the mouse incident, is a Taste of Home recipe. It was a hit with my family, and with my husband's co-worker's. If you like gingerbread, you will enjoy these egg-free goodies.

Shoofly Cupcakes 

Yield: 24 cupcakes
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, cubed
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups boiling water
1 cup molasses
In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and salt. 
Cut in butter until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup for topping.
Add baking soda to remaining crumb mixture. 
Stir in water and molasses.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool.
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  1. Oh Miss Lisa, I'm droolin' like an old porch hound here! The cupcakes look delicious and I can almost smell 'em!

    I've been on summer blog break, shoot the Ponderosa is just too darn stinkin' busy to try to blog too but I had to pop in when I saw you'd posted.

    I hope you've had a magnificent summer and I WILL return when it slows down to a near normal pace 'round here.

    God bless and enjoy one of those cupcakes for me....'K'??? :o)

  2. I love the name! So cute! Plus, the recipe sounds amazing. www.thenymelrosefamily.com

  3. Those look and sound amazing. New follower from The Crafty Blog Stalker.

  4. This cupcake looks super!
    I've actually never tasted anything with molasses and after seeing this cupcake I'd really love to

  5. This looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Mondays.

  6. I've never had shoo Fly Pie, or cupcakes, but they sound good to me.

  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your cupcake recipe has been chosen to be on Today's Feature Post from Cast Party Wednesday! Thank You for sharing your recipe with us! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  8. Look fabulous Lisa!!! I might give these a whirl this weekend if I can find molasses in Northern Ireland! X

  9. Never heard of these but they sound so good!

    Thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow night!


  10. I adore Shoo Fly pie! I'll bet these are just as good. But alas, I can no longer have gluten so I can't try them for myself. Thanks for linkg up with me!

  11. These sound great. Thanks so much for sharing at Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again. The party will be live with features tomorrow night. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

  12. Hi Lisa,
    I love the recipe, and the mouse story is really funny. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  13. Your story about the mouse really made me smile! I would have been screaming as well :) Thank you for sharing these delicious cupcakes. It has been years since I had Shoo Fly Pie! I grew up in Ontario and there used to be a lot of Mennonite vendors at our Farmer's Market. They made the most amazing Shoo Fly Pie, and it was one of my favourite treats. I think it would taste even better as cupcakes.

  14. Although I have heard of Shoo Fly Pie - I can't recall ever having it. Thank you for sharing it last week at All my Bloggy Friends - I can't wait to see what you link up at this week's All my Bloggy Friends!

  15. I used to love Shoo Fly Pie when I had it at our local Farmer's Market. I grew up in Southern Ontario, right on the edge of 'Mennonite Country' and the food was amazing! I think making the flavours of Shoo Fly Pie into a cupcake is a wonderfully delicious idea and I can't wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing this post with the Gallery of Favorites.

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