We have a dessert dilema in our home. Aaron likes cake. I like pie. Aaron believes it's a birthday abomination to blow out candles on a pie, since birthdays were clearly intended for white cake and white icing. Bleh. If you're going to go with cake, at least make it chocolate!
We have each been shamelessly trying to coerce our children into liking our preference. Ellie is clearly on my chocolaty side, smart girl. The pie vs. cake thing is still a toss up. Until the day we saw the piecaken (also spelled "picaken"). It's been a recent internet phenomenon started on pinterest and made popular by Jamie the Very Worst Missionary. When Aaron saw it, he said, "THIS is the solution to our problem!" And thus I knew a piecaken was in my future.
So basically you impregnate a cake with a pie. You take any pie and any cake (the options are endless). I chose the triple berry pie to go with, what else? Triple chocolate cake. Here's my piecaken story.
Step 1: Make a pie
Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry. Trifecta. Also a big hit for my berry lovin' girl.
Step 2: Bake the pie
Don't leave out this step, or you will have an ooey gooey mess on your hands.
Step 3: Make cake batter
I used a cake mix. Cringe. I still don't have a chocolate cake recipe I'm in love with (please share if you do). And I'm in America where cake mixes are cheap, and for goodness sakes, I just made a pie from scratch.
Step 4: Impregnate cake with pie
Get a spring form pan, put a layer of cake batter in it, then take your perfectly good pie perfection, hold your breath, and plop it in the cake batter. Take a minute to cry. Then pour more cake batter on top. Then bake it. For a really long time.
Step 5: Frost it
This step may or may not have involved me making hot fudge with coconut milk (YUM!) for the chocolate frosting and then dumping half of the hot fudge on myself and my kitchen floor. Wish it wasn't so. Thankfully the other half was all I needed to make the frosting.
Step 6: STOP
If you know what's good for you, you will at this point, stop and eat this sucker. If you are, however, slightly insane and have a four-year-old daughter's birthday coming, proceed to the next step.
Step 7: Fondant it!
Make your own marshmallow fondant and spend hours doing something like this.
Step 8: Let your kid thoroughly enjoy each step of the process
The reason I started the tradition of crazy fondant cakes for my kids' birthdays is that Ellie gets super excited about them. And I've found making edible art strangely satisfying. It helped that upon completion of the piecaken, Ellie declared, "Oh, Mommy, I am so pleased with this cake!" So pleased? Who says that?
Step 9: Totally lose your mind, pack up your piecaken, and transport it on a five-hour car trip
Like I said, if you're smart, you will stop at step 6.
Step 10: Finally, blow out the candles and enjoy!
Happy 4th Birthday, my sweet girl!
Step 11: Go Work Out
Yeah, I have yet to complete this step....