Gera's Amish Funny Cake Recipe -
Gera's Amish Funny Cake Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Gera's Amish Funny Cake

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"Amish cooking is amazingly simple and incredibly delicious. This 'funny' pie flips its chocolate and cake layers during the baking process. The result will make you flip! Leftovers can be kept for up to one week in the refrigerator."

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Original recipe makes 2 cakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Beat together 1 cup sugar, cocoa powder, hot water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Pour this batter into the pie shells.
  3. Sift together the flour and baking powder; set aside. Cream together 1 cup sugar with the butter. Beat in the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time. Slowly beat in half of the milk, then half of the flour until moistened. Mix in the remaining milk then flour. Carefully spoon this batter on top of the chocolate batter, making sure that the entire top of the cake is covered with no chocolate visible.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 29, 2010

Tasty enough....of the two funny cake recipes on're both doing it wrong. :D Take it from a funny cake expert. You put the batter in the pan FIRST, then you have to pour the chocolate ON TOP of the cake part.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 01, 2011

I thought when I tried this recipe something wasn't right - the funny cake white batter is supposed to be placed in the bottom of the pie plate then the chocolate goes on top - the chocolate layer sinks to the bottom as it bakes - this is where the term "Funny Cake" comes from.


7 Ratings

Dec 06, 2008

We love this pie/cake! It's so easy my 11 year old makes it for us. You just have to be careful putting the chocolate layer on. That's the trick to getting it to set up right. But it is tasty, and we love that we usually have all the ingredients without having to go to the store. YUMMMMY

Jan 14, 2008

This tasted good, but it didn't flip. Not sure what I did wrong. The chocolate spilled out of the sides and onto the bottom of the oven. It ended up a thin layer at the bottom of the cake between the cake and pie crust. Love to hear how it went for others. I would try it again as it did taste yummy. Thanks.

May 03, 2010

This was ok. I put the sauce on the top of the cake before baking and then it ended up at the bottom, on top of the crust but under the cooked cake. I'm thinking that is how it is supposed to be done as it does flip if you do it that way. Anyway, I didn't mind it but no one else in my family seemed to enjoy it.

Aug 29, 2008

Doesn't really flip but intermingles with the cake layer. Amish food is simple tasting, not pizzazy and this funny cake is very delicate on the palate. It's not heavy on the stomach and not overpowering. I plan to make it on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing!

Apr 17, 2008

mine did not flip either. Not even that tasty. I was very disapointed. For the precision it takes to spoon batter in was not worth it in the taste department.....and it didnt even flip!


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  • Calories
  • 343 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.6 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 14.7 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 235 mg
  • 9%

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

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