Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake Pie
Funny cake pie is an oddball. You put vanilla cake batter into a pie crust, then drizzle a chocolate layer on top…and somehow during baking, the gooey chocolate layer ends up on the bottom! The vanilla cake has a nice swirly pattern of chocolate traces left on top.
The best funny cake recipes have a few things in common. First, they allow the cocoa powder in the chocolate layer to “bloom,” by mixing it with boiling or hot water and letting it sit a few minutes before baking. The hot liquid helps the chocolate flavor develop. I added my own touch by replacing the water with freshly brewed hot coffee, to bring out the chocolate flavor even more. Second, just like “normal” cakes, you want to cream the fat with the sugar first to get some air bubbles into the mix. If you just beat all the vanilla cake ingredients together, the funny cake will be dense. Third, I prefer recipes that use a mix of butter and shortening for the fat, so the cake benefits from both the flavor of butter and the fluffy texture of shortening.
Making Vegan Funny Cake
To make vegan funny cake, I just substituted vegan margarine (I like Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread) for the butter and replaced the egg. Some funny cake recipes can be dry, so I replaced the egg with a Tbsp. of oil and 2 more Tbsp. of liquid. Ideally, this liquid is The Vegg Vegan Egg Yolk mix, which will add some “eggy” taste and color. But you can also just use 2 Tbsp. water. Finally, I added 1/4 tsp. more baking powder to make up for some rising action of the original beaten egg, again to make sure the cake layer is fluffy.