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Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cakes Recipe

Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cakes

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"These are Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cakes, baked in a pie crust with a chocolate "funny" layer that sinks to the bottom while baking."

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Original recipe makes 3 - 9 inch cakes Change Servings


  1. Combine 1 cup sugar, cocoa, water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat to the boiling point, but do not boil. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 1 1/2 cup sugar and butter. Beat in eggs. Stir in milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; mix into the creamed mixture. Divide batter into the pastry shells. Pour 1/3 of the cocoa mixture on top of the cake batter in each pastry shell.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 35 minutes, or till cake is done.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 29, 2002

This recipe, with minor differences, has been a family favorite for generations. We couldn't keep it in the house once it was made. It is still one of my favorite recipes to make and consume.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 29, 2002

Even though I carefully followed the recipe to the letter, my cakes turned out dense, dry, and not very flavorful. The chocolate layer doesn't sink to the bottom as claimed, it remains as a thin layer at the top and drips down along sides of the crust. Not sure what I did wrong?


12 Ratings

Nov 13, 2002

I followed the recipe exactly and after the baking time was done, the inside was liquidy. I also found that the flour-based layer will seep out if not sealed by the chocolate. I've had funny cake before and was so disappointed that this recipe didn't work even after 4 failed attempts.

Feb 27, 2003

Absolutely delicious!! Kids eat this one up and fight over the last piece! best of both worlds, vanilla cake with a rich chocolate bottom in a flaky pie crust. Be sure to put in batter first and pour chocolate on top!

Aug 29, 2002

Loved this growing up in PA and glad to find the recipe again. Made these out here in Washington State for my church's semi-annual bake sale - now have requests to make them each time. Chocolate layer is sooo good and the cake part has a lovely vanilla flavor.

Aug 29, 2002

I made this for my 3rd grader's art class and it was a big hit, all the teachers wanted this recipe. Thanks for a great recipe.

Feb 22, 2008

Had the same exact problem as another reviewer. The chocolate did not sink down to the bottom like it's supposed to and there was definately not enough batter to fill 3 9" pie plates. 2 of mine turned out really shallow! However, these were tasty, but looked very strange! I think I'll keep searching for a better funny cake recipe!

Aug 19, 2013

Ok I have the same recipe but we do it differently, we put the chocolate in the bottom first then pour the batter on top. We also do this in a 12 inch pie plate as it is enough to fill. I also have done it in a 9 inch tall sided pie plate. Though the 9" has to be cooked for almost an hour versus 30 minutes for the 12 inch. You have to check the center before taking it out and just let it finish. I have never had a flopped one yet. It is enough for two pies but not three if you want decent size funny cakes. Just a note, the chocolate taste better if you use Hershey's cocoa even though I have used others this is the best.


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  • Calories
  • 195 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.4 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 130 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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