Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake

Total Time: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.´╝îMakes: 16 servings

I can still remember my grandma serving this delicious cake on the big wooden table in her farm kitchen. Every time I bake this unusual cake, it takes me back to those special days at Grandma’s. —Diane Ganssle, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk, divided
  • 2 sheets refrigerated pie crust
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, optional


  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar and cocoa. Blend in 1/2 cup milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. unroll crusts into 9-in. pie plates. Pour mixture into crusts, tipping to coat the crusts halfway up the sides; set aside. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar. Add egg, shortening, vanilla and remaining milk; beat until smooth. Starting at the edge, spoon batter into the crusts, completely covering the chocolate. Bake at 350┬░ for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or chilled with whipped cream if desired.


1 piece: 314 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 203mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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