Chocolate Chip Funny Cake Pie

Chocolate Chip Funny Cake Pie is an old recipe with timeless appeal. Chocolate fudge is topped with a soft, buttery cake and baked inside a pie shell. Serve with ice cream for a delicious pie a la mode.

Ok, friends. I have a new “old” pie recipe for you today. We posted this way back when we first started Tastes of Lizzy T and decided it needed an update. This Chocolate Chip Funny Cake Pie is not only unique, it’s also delicious!

When you can’t decide whether you’re craving cake or pie, this dessert is for you.

3 quarters of a chocolate chip pie

Why you’ll love this pie recipe:

  • A unique twist on pie…with chocolate and cake.
  • A sweet chocolate syrup on the bottom and mini chocolate chips on top.
  • The perfect pie for friends and family who don’t love fruit pies.

Where did Funny Cake Pie come from?

So where in the world did we get the name “Funny cake pie?” Well, as much as I’d like to take credit for it, I can’t. We came across it in an old Mennonite cookbook, being drawn in by the name. I wondered why they called it that though. Was it because it’s like cake, but in a pie crust, and it’s just weird? Or maybe while they were making it, they were making funny jokes?

I’ve read that it is probably based on the method in which you make the pie. Some funny cake pie recipes call for the following layers: pie crust, cake batter, chocolate. Then when the pie bakes, the chocolate falls beneath the cake and ends up being right above the pie crust. You can make it that way if you’d like, but we make the cake pie with the chocolate starting just above the crust.

Homemade Pie Crust Vs Store Bought Pie Crust

If you have time, I highly recommend a homemade pie crust for this pie. Buttery, flaky, delicious. If you’d like a shortcut, simply purchase a store-bought refrigerated pie crust to make this cake pie in.

This crust in the picture is our traditional pie crust recipe. If you’ve never tried it, you need to! This pie crust is simply perfection. Just place into a pie pan and crimp the edges, just like a normal pie. There’s no need to prebake the crust.

How to Make Funny Cake Pie

  • Preheat the oven to 375º Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar, butter, egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the baking powder and flour.
  • Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture alternately with milk.
  • Mix just until combined. Be careful not to overmix or it may make the cake tough.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and cocoa. Add the hot water and vanilla and whisk until combined completely.
  • Use a store bought single pie crust or your favorite pie crust recipe and press it into a 9″ pie plate.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture into the pie crust, then spoon the cake batter over top the chocolate. Use the back of the spoon to gently spread the batter over top. Be careful doing this and don’t worry if it doesn’t cover the whole top. It will spread as it bakes. You want the fudgy chocolate to stay on the bottom of the pie and not get mixed in.
  • Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the pie.
  • Bake for 27-30 minutes until the cake is set.

Oh yes, and don’t forget to top with ice cream. Use vanilla, chocolate, or whatever you think is best. There you have it! The Funny Cake Pie 😉

Enjoy!

chocolate chip funny cake pie in a pie plate
a slice of chocolate chip cake pie on a spatula
a slice of chocolate chip cake pie on a spatula

Chocolate Chip Funny Cake Pie

4.47 from 13 votes
Chocolate Chip Funny Cake Pie is an old recipe with timeless appeal. Chocolate fudge is topped with a soft, buttery cake and bakes inside a pie shell. Top with ice cream for a delicious pie a la mode.
Servings 8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients
 

Top Part:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk

Lower Part:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Other Ingredients:

  • Pie pastry for one 9" crust
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375º Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar, butter, egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the baking powder and flour.
  • Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture alternately with milk.
  • Mix just until combined. Be careful not to overmix or it may make the cake tough.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and cocoa. Add the hot water and vanilla and whisk until combined completely.
  • Use a store bought single pie crust or your favorite pie crust recipe and press it into a 9" pie plate.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture into the pie crust, then spoon the cake batter over top the chocolate. Use the back of the spoon to gently spread the batter over top. Be careful doing this and don’t worry if it doesn’t cover the whole top. It will spread as it bakes. You want the fudgy chocolate to stay on the bottom of the pie and not get mixed in.
  • Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the pie.
  • Bake for 27-30 minutes until the cake is set.
  • Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.

Video

Notes

*If you make our pie crust recipe, you can halve it since this recipe only uses a single crust.
Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
The calories shown are based on the pie being cut into 8 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of pie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 384
Keyword amish, chocolate chip, fudge, mennonite, picnic

Tools to Make Pie

  • Cute Pie Plate: Because if you’re taking the time to make pie, serve it up in style!
  • Hand mixer: I don’t pull out my stand mixer for this recipe. It makes a small amount so a hand mixer works perfectly.

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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June @ How to Philosophize with Cake
6 years ago

Funny cake–now that is interesting! This chocolate chip variation sounds awesome, I’d totally try a slice of this 🙂

Kathy
6 years ago

Baked this tonight for Thanksgiving. Cant’t wait to slice it up! Smells wonderful.

Elsa
6 years ago

Did you know that in traditional funny cake recipes, you put the cake batter in first and then pour the fudge sauce on top? I think that’s the “funny” part: the fudge sauce sinks down through the cake and leaves a crackly chocolate coating on top.

Jackie
6 years ago

I noticed that 1/2 tsp vanilla is listed in the Top Part ingredients, however in the directions it doesn’t state when to mix that in (no mention of it). I only see mention of adding vanilla for the Bottom Part. Do I cream it in with the butter, sugar and egg? Thanks in advance!

Lurch
5 years ago

This recipe turned out really well. I used the recipe for the pie crust. Ya’Lloyd solved a long standing problem for my family on why our crust never turned out tasty. We were using all purpose flour, the protein contents is higher than pastry flour. I searched all over tar nation for pastry flour, found myself at the local Mennonite store, should had started there first. We all know they know how to bake! This recipe was delicious. It made my wife’s 30th Birthday special. She could not decide between a cake nor a pie, I Googled cake pie and… Read more »

Jennifer
4 years ago

5 stars
I really enjoyed this recipe! My daughter called it muffin pie she thought it tasted like chocolate chip muffin. I might have done something wrong since i made my own baking powder. I had ran out if mine

DeeDee Lamberti
4 years ago

5 stars
I made this for my husband and it was a big hit! I’m making it for the second time tonight. Very easy to make and tasty with vanilla ice cream.

Lucy
3 years ago

Can self rising flour be used instead of all purpose? I’ve always used self rising for everything when baking and it all turns out just fine. What’s the difference?

Preeti
3 years ago

5 stars
What can I use instead of egg so that doesn’t alter the taste of the recipie . Thank you

Tina
3 years ago

Does “white sugar” mean regular sugar or powder sugar??

Tina
3 years ago

5 stars
This recipe is outstanding! They is only 2 of us, so I half the recipe and put into 2 individual piecrust tins. But next time I’m going to make the whole recipe of the fudge chocolate layer. When you half it, it does not seem enough. Posted this recipe on my Facebook page so my friends can feel the love, as well.

Jess
1 year ago

2 stars
Not a fan of this, it wasn’t really a pie or a cake. Tasted more like a runny muffin.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jess
Rob
7 months ago

Can you tell me a good substitute for the all purpose flour to make it gluten free? Coconut flour and would it be 1:1? I can get a GF pie crust at the store…

Hannah
3 months ago

Hi, my daughter has an egg allergy and I was wondering what could I use instead of egg in this recipe ?