Vegan Shoo Fly Cake with Pomegranates

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Anyone who’s familiar with South Eastern Pennsylvania in the United States will most likely boast about the traditions of the Amish and Mennonites.  Home-baked cakes and pies have their roots in the hard working people of this area of the U.S.   ‘Shoo-Fly Pie’ is said to have originated from the pools of molasses which form in the top of the pie while baking. The sweet smells of caramelizing sugars attract insects as they do the rest of us.

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A sweet treat, made a little fancier here with a sprinkling of pomegranate berries mixed in with the batter in drizzled on top.

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I wanted to add the pomegranate berries to add a little more nutrition to this treat.  It is just that:  a treat, not to be eaten so regularly that you’ve added a few pounds on along with the benefits of the pomegranates….maybe for a special get together with friends or to cheer up a friend with a small slice of delicious, moist, sugary cake?

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Vegan Shoo Fly Cake with Pomegranates
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Amish
Based on old tradition, this cake dates back for centuries of home cooking in Amish kitchens. I've changed a few ingredients from the classic to 'veganise' this delicious cake. The pomegranate topping makes it fancy enough for the best of guests at your home.
  • 2 Pomeganates cleaned, or 2 cups of berries divided in half
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1½ cups Vegan butter softened
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 4 Tbs. ground flax seed
  1. Heat water in a large bowl. Add in salt, sugar, molasses, vinegar and butter. Stir to melt and mix and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and flax. Stir in the wet ingredients and fold together until a wet batter is formed. Stir in 1 cup of fresh pomegranate berries.
  3. Pour batter into a 9" X 13", well greased baking pan.
  4. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Makes 8 small or 6 large squares. Dust with powdered sugar and ½ cup of Pomegranates.

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14 thoughts on “Vegan Shoo Fly Cake with Pomegranates

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Thank you so much Mandee. Once you taste a bite, you’ll forget the looks though.
      It has an old fashioned comfort food taste and the pomegranates give a fresh sour bite to cut the
      sweet. It’s very moist and dense. Have a big glass of something cold to wash it down if you give it a try.
      Thanks so much for visiting 😉

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Oh my goodness, what a beautiful blog you have. I love the background and that Desi Pizza looks scrumptious ;p
      So glad you liked the Shoo Fly cake. I had to wrap half of it up and freeze it or else it would have been gone in a day!
      I’m glad to see you have a Vegan food truck there. We have one just getting popular in Wash. D.C. called The Randy Radish that’s awesome too.
      Thanks so much for visiting. Take care.

      1. East Meets West Veg

        You are so sweet! Thank you so much for the kind words!
        I can totally see how that cake would disappear right away! I felt like eating the whole thing just looking at the picture!
        We’ve been finding a lot of great food lately and I couldn’t be happier! I really want to visit DC. I’ve heard it’s a great vegan food place. I’ll put The Randy Radish on my wish list for DC! Thanks!

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