When I was growing up, this was my favorite dessert. I simply LOVE LOVE LOVE Funny Cake. In fact, I’m sure there were many days when I ate it for breakfast when my mother wasn’t looking.
Now, I’m going to give you full disclosure by admitting I have NEVER EVER successfully made this recipe. Oh, it tastes good (doesn’t always look pretty), but my grandmother had a secret talent for making this perfect every.single.time. That gene obviously didn’t get passed on to my father because neither my sister nor I can make it.
1 cup sugar
¼ cup lard or shortening
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup cocoa
¾ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup milk
⅓ cup water
Pie shell (store bought or make it–recipe in my cookbook, Plain & Simple Traditions)
Preheat oven to 375° F.
In a small bowl, mix ½ cup of sugar with cocoa.
Add ⅓ cup hot water with ¼ teaspoon vanilla.
Pour into the bottom of pie shell.
For the top part, cream the lard before mixing in ½ cup sugar and egg until the texture is creamy.
In a sifter, mix the baking powder and flour.
In a small measuring cup, mix the milk with½ teaspoon vanilla.
Alternate between sifting in the baking powder and flour mixture with the milk and vanilla mixture, pour into bottom part of pie shell.
Bake for 40 minutes.