Mennonite Funny Cake Pie

What’s so funny about this cake? IS it a cake? Or pie should I say? Well, for starters, the layers magically reverse while baking. That’s funny.

The chocolate fudge and cake layers do a little switcheroo dance during baking, similar to my Chocoflan recipe. Oh what fun!

I found the Funny Cake Pie recipe in the Mennonite Community Cookbook (Amazon affiliate link) sent to me by lovely Sarah. And from what I’ve been told by her, just about every Mennonite kitchen has a copy of this book on hand.

The author of this recipe, Barbara Moyer of Telford, Pennsylvania, calls for you to first make a pie crust. (I used Pam’s Perfect Pie Crust from the Pioneer Woman which you can find here, or you can watch my strawberry-rhubarb pie video in which I make the same crust.)

Now some funny cake recipes have the chocolate layer poured on the bottom with the cake batter on top, while others call for the chocolate on top, so you can witness the magic layer switcheroo during baking.

So in a slight deviation from Barbra’s recipe, we’ll be putting the chocolate layer on top and the cake batter layer on the bottom, so we can witness the layer reversal — which is a big part of the allure of this recipe for me!

After that, it’s pretty straightforward. Just make your two layers and bake.

Happy Baking, lovelies!

Slice of Funny Cake PIe with a chocolate layer on the bottom and a cake layer on top.

Mennonite Funny Cake Pie

A pie that tastes like a cake and which reverses layers while baking.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American, Mennonite
Servings 8 people
Calories 332 kcal

Equipment

  • Conventinal oven
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • hand mixer
  • 9" pie dish or pan

Ingredients
  

Lower Part

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Top Part

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pie crust see above link for Pam's Perfect Pie Crust

Instructions
 

Lower Part

  • Mix lower part like you would cake batter, creaming fat, and adding sugar and egg.
  • Add milk alternately with your sifted dry ingredients.

Top Part

  • Combine sugar and cocoa.
  • Add hot water and vanilla.

Building Your Pie

  • Line pie plate with pastry.
  • Add lower part first, then pour top part over it.
  • Bake at 375℉ for about 40 minutes.
  • Makes 1 (9 inch) pie.
    Pie with dark chocolate swirls and a light crust.

Notes

Funny Cake Pie taken from Mennonite Community Cookbook. Recipe by Barbara Moyer of Telford, PA.

Nutrition

Calories: 332kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 156mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 2gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 55IUCalcium: 60mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chocolate cake, community recipe, funny pie
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