I like pie. I like cake. I have to admit that I have never felt a strong desire to combine the two desserts before. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market out there for that sort of thing, which is why the Flying Monkey Bakery in Philadelphia invented the Pumpple Cake. This slightly awkwardly named dessert consists of two pies, a pumpkin pie and an apple pie, baked into two cakes, a vanilla cake and a chocolate cake. The cakes are stacked as they would be in a regular layer cake and whole thing is topped off with very generous amounts of buttercream. When finished, the cake weighs in at 15 pounds, stands more than a foot tall and will feed a pretty large crowd.
The cake is made by partially baking a pumpkin pie and an apple pie a day in advance. The pumpkin pie is placed into a cake pan full of chocolate cake batter and is completely covered. The apple pie is placed in vanilla cake batter. The cakes are baked until everything is set, then thoroughly cooled before being stacked and frosted. It takes about 2 days to make each cake.
I think that I’ll still keep a little distance between my cake and my pie, but this cake is a hit with customers of the bakery and probably a real problem solver for those with families that just can’t agree on what they want for dessert. It’s over the top, but this cake pretty much has it all.