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!
Mennonite Funny Cake Pie
- Conventinal oven
- 2 mixing bowls
- hand mixer
- 9" pie dish or pan
- 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
- 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
- Mix lower part like you would cake batter, creaming fat, and adding sugar and egg.
- Add milk alternately with your sifted dry ingredients.
- 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.