Nana's Funny Cake recipe

Nana’s Funny Cake from Readers’ Best Recipes and the Stories Behind Them is the perfect dessert for a family gathering or weekend party. The pie crust adds a unique twist to a traditional cake recipe. This cake has a delicious chocolatey layer on the bottom and a crunchy chocolate layer on top. This recipe comes courtesy of Mary Lou Knauss of Duncannon, Pennsylvania.

“My mother-in-law made this Pennsylvania Dutch recipe for years. She brought it to the family cabin whenever we spent weekends together, and it has always been a family favorite! She shared the recipe with me when I got married, along with some of her other wonderful recipes. It continues to be a requested dessert.”

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Becky Luigart-Stayner


2 unbaked 9-inch pie crusts



2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) soft butter or shortening
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs



1 cup sugar
3/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line pie plates with pastry. 

For cake: In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, milk, butter, baking powder, salt, and eggs. Pour half into each pie crust. 

For topping: In a bowl, combine sugar, hot water, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Pour half of topping over each pie. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 


Makes 2 pies.

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