Fans of the Lifetime series, Drop Dead Diva, will remember when April invented the Pake—pie plus cake—and opened her Pakery.
Executive Pastry Chef Zac Young of the David Burke Group now makes the PieCaken for Thanksgiving, the dessert version of turducken. The three-layer confection consists of a layer of pecan pie, pumpkin pie and apple upside down cake, along with cinnamon buttercream.
It’s sold at The Burke Group’s New York City restaurant, Fabrick for $49—and following an appearance on “Live With Kelly And Michael,” it’s pretty much sold out.
You can try your hand at it with his recipe, below.
A bit of PieCaken history:
According to an article on DailyDot.com, Charles Phoenix, whose Wikepedia bio calls “an author and chef whose work explores and celebrates 1950s and 1960s kitsch and Americana,” credits himself with creating the combo cake in 2007. He called it the Cherpumple or “The Monster” Pie-Cake: a three-layer cake stuffed with cherry, apple and pumpkin pies.
The inspiration was the number of dessert plates used for Thanksgiving dinner, to accommodate his family’s traditional four desserts: three pies—cherry, pumpkin and apple—and a spice cake.
Phoenix doesn’t claim to be the first person to bake a pie in a cake, but more the first person to have gone Internet-viral with it.
And viral it is. Just do a search for PieCaken and you’ll turn up recipes galore.
RECIPE: APPLE PUMPKIN PECAN PIECAKEN
Ingredients For 8-12 Servings
1 (9 inch) pumpkin pie (store bought or your favorite recipe—Zac uses the one from the back of the Libby’s can
1 (9 inch) pecan pie (store bought or your favorite recipe)