Funny Cake recipe: A Pennsylvania Dutch treat (1949)

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1949 Funny Cake recipe
Bake it! Taste it! Pennsylvania Dutchland’s Funny Cake!

It’s a cake and a pie…and it’s “Wonderful good”! Swans Down and Swift’ning bring you the recipe

Cake baked in a pie shell! Sauce that goes on at the top and ends up in a layer right at the very bottom of the cake! That’s Funny Cake . . . a Pennsylvania Dutch treat so unusual, so intriguing, everyone who tastes it wants the recipe.

Now, thanks to Swans Down and Swift’ning, everyone can have it — at its very best. The recipe given has been carefully worked out for these famous products, so you’ll get the finest possible results.

Bake a Funny Cake soon and enjoy the comments. It isn’t hard. It is spectacular!

1949 Funny Cake recipe

Funny Cake recipe: A cake in a pie shell

A “wonderful good” Pennsylvania Dutch recipe — carefully worked out for Swans Down and Swift’ning so that. The speedy one-egg cake will be the very lightest, richest one-egg cake obtainable. It’s baked in a pie shell with a layer of yummy sauce!

Pennsylvania Dutch treat (1949)

Pennsylvania Dutch treat (1949)

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes


  • 1-1/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Swift'ning (shortening)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg, unbeaten
  • 3 tablespoons chopped nuts or cut coconut (for topping)


  1. Line 9- to 10-inch glass pie plate with Swift'ning pastry, making a high fluted rim.
  2. Make a sauce (recipes below); let cool while mixing cake.
  3. Have ingredients at room temperature.
  4. Start oven for moderate heat (350 F).
  5. Sift flour once before measuring.
  6. Measure into sifter: flour. baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  7. Place Swift'ning in a bowl.
  8. Sift in dry ingredients.
  9. Add milk and vanilla; mix until all flour is dampened.
  10. Beat 2 minutes at low speed of electric mixer, or 300 strokes by hand.
  11. Add egg and beat 1 minute on mixer, or 150 strokes by hand.
  12. Pour batter into pastry-lined pie plate.
  13. Pour lukewarm sauce gently over batter.
  14. Sprinkle with nuts or coconut.
  15. Bake in moderate oven (350 F) 50 to 55 minutes.
  16. Serve warm as dessert or coffee cake. If desired, top with whipped cream or ice cream.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 8g

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Pennsylvania Dutch recipe for Funny Cake

Take your pick of 3 luscious sauces

Butterscotch sauce: In a saucepan, combine 1/4 cup butter or margarine with 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar and 2 tablespoons light corn syrup. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture comes to a boil. Add 3 tablespoons water and bring again to a boil. Boil 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Chocolate sauce: Place 1 square unsweetened chocolate and 1/2 cup water in saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir until the chocolate is melted. Add 2/3 cup sugar, stirring constantly, and then bring to a boil. Remove at once from heat, add 1/4 cup butter or margarine and 1 teaspoon vanilla, and stir until sauce is blended.

Orange sauce: Combine 1/4 cup of orange juice and 3/4 cup sugar in a saucepan. Place over low heat. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Then add another 1/4 cup of orange juice, 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, and 1 teaspoon grated orange rind. Mix well.

Bake it! Taste it! Pennsylvania Dutchland’s Funny Cake!

How to make a Funny Cake

1949 Funny Cake recipe

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2 Responses

  1. Bingo! Authentic, traditional funny cake recipe. I never knew there were other sauce recipes besides chocolate. I made the caramel sauce and chose coconut flakes for the top. DELISH!

  2. Hi, I tried this recipe and my layer of sauce did not turn out so much as a layer as it did mix with the lower portion of the cake and tasted a bit uncooked (although I turned the oven off at 50 min and then left pie in oven for an additional 15 min). Was there something I may have done wrong to cause that (not sure if I may have over beat the batter) ? I did find the cake to be tasty, especially with vanilla ice cream.

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