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!


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)


Line 9- to 10-inch glass pie plate with Swift’ning pastry, making a high fluted rim. Make a sauce (recipes below); let cool while mixing cake.

Have ingredients at room temperature. Start oven for moderate heat (350 F). Sift flour once before measuring.

Measure into sifter: flour. baking powder, salt, and sugar. Place Swift’ning in a bowl. Sift in dry ingredients. Add milk and vanilla; mix until all flour is dampened. Beat 2 minutes at low speed of electric mixer, or 300 strokes by hand.

Add egg and beat 1 minute on mixer, or 150 strokes by hand.

Pour batter into pastry-lined pie plate. Pour lukewarm sauce gently over batter. Sprinkle with nuts or coconut. Bake in moderate oven (350 F) 50 to 55 min.

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Serve warm as dessert or coffee cake. If desired, top with whipped cream or ice cream.

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!

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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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