Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake Recipe

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Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake Recipe
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Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake Recipe

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I can still remember my grandma serving this delicious cake on the big wooden table in her farm kitchen. Every time I bake this unusual cake, it takes me back to those special days at Grandma's. —Diane Ganssle, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
MAKES:
12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:
12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 cups milk, divided
  • 2 unbaked pastry shells (9 inches)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, optional

Directions

In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar and cocoa. Blend in 1/2 cup milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Pour into unbaked pastry shells, tipping to coat the pastry halfway up the sides; set aside. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar. Add egg, shortening, vanilla and remaining milk; beat until smooth. Starting at the edge, spoon batter into the pastry shells, completely covering the chocolate. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or chilled with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake in Country Extra September 1996, p51

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 314 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 203mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 cups milk, divided
  • 2 unbaked pastry shells (9 inches)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, optional
  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar and cocoa. Blend in 1/2 cup milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Pour into unbaked pastry shells, tipping to coat the pastry halfway up the sides; set aside. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar. Add egg, shortening, vanilla and remaining milk; beat until smooth. Starting at the edge, spoon batter into the pastry shells, completely covering the chocolate. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or chilled with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake in Country Extra September 1996, p51

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Marsh55 User ID: 2511347 286839
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2018

"Does anyone answer the questions?"

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Rose User ID: 9320453 284612
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2018

"I think there is a typo error in amount of shortening used in this recipe. The recipe I use is very similar, but for 1 cup of flour, I add 1/2 cup of butter or a mixture of butter and margarine."

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BevEp User ID: 6854921 284607
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2018

"This appears to make 2 funny cakes in pie pans. Is that correct?"

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namyers User ID: 7847112 284590
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2018

"I would love to try this recipe. I have a question. Do you use both pie shells as the bottom crust or just one?"

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Georgene User ID: 532485 284520
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2018

"This is almost a Pennsylvania Dutch Funny cake. The chocolate sauce is poured over the batter. This will filter to the bottom. It will leave streaks of sauce throughout the batter. Looks pretty and tastes great. It’s funny because it’s a cake in a pie shell.."

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jinlorenza User ID: 6641107 284493
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2018

"The picture is just showing the cake top. It is not pastry crust, just cake."

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fmmslkl User ID: 1630208 284433
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2018

"It is not supposed to look like a cake!"

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vwilmom User ID: 6271853 283506
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2018

"Does this have a top crust made from pastry? The photo makes it look as if it does, yet the instructions never mentions topping it with a crust."

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Betsy User ID: 9384436 280288
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2017

"Kerisa - that's what funny cake looks like...it is basically like a yellow cake in a pie crust with a chocolate cream layer at the bottom. Kind of like shoefly pie, if you have ever had that"

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Kerisa User ID: 9296194 276844
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2017

"Someone needs to correct the included picture, it's definitely not a pic of a cake"

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