This is a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe called 'funny cake' because the chocolate layer sinks through the cake layer while baking.
Even though I carefully followed the recipe to the letter, my cakes turned out dense, dry, and not very flavorful. The chocolate layer doesn't sink to the bottom as claimed, it remains as a thin layer at the top and drips down along sides of the crust. Not sure what I did wrong? - 21 May 2002 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
This recipe, with minor differences, has been a family favorite for generations. We couldn't keep it in the house once it was made. It is still one of my favorite recipes to make and consume. - 27 Nov 2000 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Absolutely delicious!! Kids eat this one up and fight over the last piece! best of both worlds, vanilla cake with a rich chocolate bottom in a flaky pie crust. Be sure to put in batter first and pour chocolate on top! - 07 Sep 2000 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)