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Fragrant Shoofly Coffee Cake

I highly suggest you don't skimp on the Streusel topping. If you do, the cranberries will "float" to the top and when baked, they will harden. With the topping, these little red gems stay moist and tart.


For 4 people


  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced small
  • 1 3/4 cup(s) whole, fresh cranberries
  • 1 3/4 cup(s) sugar, divided
  • 1 cup(s) molasses
  • 1 cup(s) boiling water
  • 1 cup(s) hot apple cider or juice
  • 1 tablespoon(s) baking soda
  • 1/2 cup(s) butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cup(s) flour
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • Streusel Topping:
  • 1 3/4 cup(s) flour
  • 3/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoon(s) melted butter or margarine

Fragrant Shoofly Coffee Cake Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-inch square pan. In a large bowl, combine apples, cranberries and 1/2 cup sugar, tossing to coat well. Dump the fruit mixture on the bottom of prepared pan, evenly distributing.
  2. In another large bowl, add the molasses, boiling water and hot apple cider, stir to combine. Now slowly add the baking soda, mixing well. It will foam up but this is natural and why you have a larger bowl than needed, to prevent spill-over. Beat in the melted butter and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, remaining 1 cup sugar and baking powder. Add to wet ingredients, in two batches, and combine until blended well. It doesn't need to be lump free.
  4. Pour this batter over the diced apple/cranberry mixture and top with Streusel Topping. Bake 40-45 minutes or until done in the middle and toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.
  5. Streusel Topping:
  6. Mix well until crumbly and slightly wet. Start with 2 tablespoons butter and add a third if needed.