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Have you ever noticed how certain foods are very localized to an area. Some foods are everywhere. They make their way from one state to the next, across this country and that country, and through all cultures. Then there are some foods that people only know of in certain areas of a country, like certain southern foods. But then I found out there are foods that do not even make it over to the next town.
I was born in Pennsylvania. I moved to the Outer Banks when I was young. Wen we moved back to Pennsylvania, we moved to an area outside of Philadelphia, by about 40 minutes, and 1 hour 40 minutes from Lancaster, which is Pennsylvania Dutch Country. I had been there, but to me at that point it was just a touristy place, and nothing much of interest.m
Fast forward a few years and I started working in a bakery just a few miles away. Honestly, it is just 20 minutes closer to Lancaster. But those 20 minutes make a difference. Many things in the bakery are Pennsylvania Dutch recipes. Same with the grocery stores bakeries.
I say those few miles make difference because outside of those miles and circles, people do not know what these recipes are. When you mention them, people look at you like you are nuts.
My favorite item I learned to make was a Funny Cake. Some people know a funny cake as a chocolate breakfast cake. Funny cake is funny for many reasons. It is a vanilla breakfast cake , yes breakfast, baked in a pie crust with a chocolate sauce on the bottom. When you add the cake batter it settles on the bottom, the chocolate sauce is on top, and as it bakes, it reverses.
It is simply amazing. It is so good, people actually pay $7 all the way up $16 a pie when they buy them in the bakery. Considering how quickly they get eaten in my house, I have to make them from scratch or else I’d go broke.
So I hope you enjoy this funny cake recipe.
1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup oil
2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
½ cup cocoa
1 cup hot water
2 pie shells
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Have your pie shells ready, in the pie plates.
In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar, oil, eggs until well blended.
Slowly add the flour, baking powder, milk and vanilla. Beat on medium 2 minutes.
Pour into the unbaked pie crusts.
In a small bowl, mix together sugar, cocoa, and hot water.
Pour over top of cake batter. Swirl around the top as you pour it in.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour.