- Chocolate Layer: You only need granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and milk to make the chocolate mixture. Use half of the sugar and half of the ¾ cup milk from the rest of the recipe. The combination creates a rich chocolatey filling, and as you cook, it will thicken. Though, you pour the chocolate mixture on top; it will sink during the baking time and end up as an amazing chocolate layer at the bottom.
- Yellow Cake Ingredients: You only need a few pantry ingredients like baking powder, all-purpose flour, salt, an egg, and vanilla extract to make the batter. One unique ingredient is the shortening. While most cakes would have butter, this one has shortening. Whisking it with the other ingredients creates pockets of air for a light, fluffy cake.
- Pie Crust: You can use any of your favorite pie crust options from the grocery store for a pre-made pastry crust, or make Homemade Pie Crust. To make the Homemade Pie Crust, you just need all-purpose flour, a pinch of salt, cold butter, and ice water for super-simple pastry dough.
- Chocolate Mixture: Add ½ cup granulated sugar and ¼ cup baking cocoa powder to a medium saucepan. Then slowly pour 6 tablespoons of the ¾ cup of milk into the pan, whisking as you go. Once the cocoa mixture is smooth, cook it over medium heat until bubbles start to form. Then cook for another 2 minutes to thicken, and remove from heat.
- Cake Batter: Add the remaining ½ cup sugar, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Then whisk the dry ingredients well. Add the remaining 6 tablespoons of milk, an egg yolk, shortening, and vanilla extract to a measuring cup. Whisk until combined. Next, add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until the batter is combined.
- Assemble: Line a nine-inch pie plate with the pie crust. Then pour the cake batter into the pastry crust. Pour the chocolate layer over the cake layer in a swirling pattern.
- Baking time: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then put the Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake in the hot oven for 45-50 minutes. If you notice the edges browning too quickly, cover the edges in foil, then continue baking.
- Serve: Carefully take the pie plate from the oven and let it cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
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- Chocolate chips: Along with the bottom chocolate layer, you can add a chocolate chip topping to the Funny Cake recipe. If you add the chocolate chips to the top before baking, they’ll just sink to the bottom with the rest of the chocolate. Instead, wait until about halfway through baking, open the oven and sprinkle them over the top.
- Crumb crust: This Dutch Recipe is traditionally made with flaky, pastry pie crust. If you’d rather have a crumbly, buttery crust, you can follow our recipe for Graham Cracker Crust instead.
- Serve: This Funny Cake recipe can stay good at room temperature for up to 2 days. Cover it in plastic wrap once it’s cooled so it can keep fresh.
- Store: To keep Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake for up to a week, you can store it in the fridge instead.Freeze: To freeze the cake, double wrap it in saran wrap followed by aluminum foil. Then it can stay good frozen for about 3 months.
- 1 cup sugar , divided
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup whole milk , divided
- 1 pie crust
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium saucepan add ½ cup sugar and ¼ cup cocoa powder.
- Whisk in 6 tablespoons milk until smooth.
- Cook on medium heat until little bubbles start to form.
- Cook for 2 minutes until thickened.
- Remove from heat.
- In a large mixing bowl add the remaining ½ cup sugar, flour, baking powder and salt and whisk well.
- In a measuring cup add the remaining 6 tablespoons milk, egg yolk, shortening and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.
- Add wet mixture to the flour mixture in the bowl and whisk to combine.
- Line a pie plate with pie crust.
- Add the cake mixture to the pie plate.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the cake batter in a swirling pattern.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. If the edges brown before your pie is done, cover the edges in foil.
- Cool 15 minutes before serving (also great served cold).