21 lb layer cake containing three pies

Chef David Lowery created this "Cherpumple" -- a "dessert version of the turducken," composed of "CHERry, PUMpkin and apPLE pie," baked into three separate cakes, then assembled into an enormous layer cake.

Working in the Grand Geneva Resort pastry kitchen, I had some time to make a Cherpumple and serve it at Sunday Brunch. My Cherpumple weighed 21 lbs 10 oz and was seen by over 200 guests that Sunday. I was very pleased that it stayed standing until the final 1/8 was cut 4 hours after the first slice was taken. Will be doing this again.

Sunday Brunch Cherpumple (via Neatorama)



    1. So would the giant pie stack them or put the three at the same level to maintain the basic pie form? Someone need to research the recursive pie and associated problems.

      1. I think the solution to fitting three pies inside a larger pie and allowing for recursion would probably be to create some kind of Menger pie.  Of course, it would work considerably better if this individual was making a Menger Sponge cake.  ;)

    1. Aaaargh. Immortality could have been mine. This guy beat me to it by FIFTEEN MINUTES !

      Actually by two years.  The how-to video is from 2009.  But unlike other holiday pastries, the cherpumple never gets stale!

  1. Now, if it had layers of ice cream and whipped cream to top the pies inside, it would be a complete dessert.

  2. My first reaction was ‘Oh, Americans…’ 

    But, I can say that because I’m an American and I want one. 

  3. good for dessert after a Bacon Explosion (TM)
    which is…
    a bacon mat
    (yes, 2 lbs of bacon woven together into a mat)
    topped with dry rub
    covered in 2 lbs of bulk pork sausage
    topped with cooked chopped bacon
    and BBQ sauce
    rolled together and
    thrown on a grill.

  4. I love cake almost as much as I love pie.  I love taking a dump almost as much as I love eating.  It does not mean that I should do them both at the same time.

    In fact, if there was a church of pie I would be its high priestess.  I find this pure sacrilege, and no, that the frosting looks as if it might be malted does not make it OK…I think.

  5. I made a variation on this last year (for a turducken party), with a pecan pie (in white cake) on the bottom and an apple pie (in spice cake) on the top, all with cream cheese frosting. It’s difficult to schlep, so I suggest frosting it on site, and you have to put the most structurally sound pie on the bottom. People eat Very Small slices.  (This year, my boyfriend has talked me into baking a cookie into a cupcake into a pie into a cake, only one layer. I ran a couple trials of things like “brownie in a pie” but they didn’t work very well.)   It is certainly not for every occasion, but it’s an impressive dessert to bring to a party. 

  6. The guys at Epic Meal Time would wrap this in bacon and deep fry it.  And then polish it off.  And then go drink some Jack.

    1. Chargers are expensive, totally wasteful items which are placed on the table before you sit down and taken away before you eat.

      I only know this because my cousins explained it to me.  Some of us “ladies” don’t normally waste our time channeling Martha Stewart.

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