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Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake (Tim Eichman)

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Servings: 18
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

    Pie shells, see directions

---First layer---
2  cups  Sugar
1/2  cup  Shortening
2    Eggs
1  cup  Milk
2  cups  Flour
2  teaspoons  Baking powder
1  teaspoon  Vanilla

---Second layer---
1  cup  Sugar
1/2  cup  Cocoa
3/4  cup  Hot water
1  teaspoon  Vanilla

1. Line three 8" pie pans or two 9" deep dish pie pans with pie shells.

2. FIRST LAYER: Cream together sugar and shortening. Beat egg and add to milk. Stir together the flour and baking powder. Add the combined milk and egg alternatively with flour and baking powder to the sugar and shortening. Add the vanilla. Spoon this layer into the pie shells.

3. SECOND LAYER: Mix sugar and cocoa, add hot water to blend. Add vanilla. Pour into pie shells over first layer. Don't mix the layers together. They will switch positions during baking.

4. Bake in 350 F oven for about 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.

One visitor's comments: I've found that funny cakes improve with age. I often bake them a day or two ahead of time and wrap them in plastic wrap, after they've completely cooled, to keep them fresh. The top becomes less crusty and they get even more moist, due to the wrap, which I think makes them even more delicious than they are the first day!

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