Ever since I started working at PixelMEDIA, there has been chatter in my department about “Cherpumples.” What is a Cherpumple? Glad you asked. It’s a dessert of mammoth proportions; it’s an apple pie baked into a vanilla cake, stacked on top of a pumpkin pie baked into a spice cake, stacked on a cherry pie baked into a chocolate cake, smothered in frosting. Three pies inside of three cakes? You can see what drew us to it.
Every month or so the Cherpumple pops back up into conversation. People always talk about making one, but doing so is no small task, and it is hard to find the time to commit to the project. Then, last week, I was trying to figure out what to do with my Saturday, and the Cherpumple came to mind. So I made a store list and went shopping.
- 11 eggs
- 1 box vanilla cake mix
- 1 box spice cake mix
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1 can cherry pie filling
- 1 can pumpkin pie filling
- 1 bag macintosh apples
- 3 pie crusts
- 2 jars vanilla frosting
- 3 tin foil pie pans
Due to the number of desserts that I’d have to prepare to finish this project, I opted to take the easiest route out for each one (except for the apple pie, I enjoy making a good apple pie). If I had to make everything from scratch it would have taken way too long.
First step, Pies! All three pies needed to be completely prepared and baked off before the Cherpumple could really start to take form. 1 hour of prep and 2.5 hours of baking later I had three gorgeous, fresh pies sitting on my kitchen counter. The magic couldn’t start quite yet though, I needed to prep the pies a little before really diving into forming the Cherpumple. First, the pies must be completely cooled and solidified before they can be submerged in cake batter. So I threw the pies in the fridge over night. Secondly, the outer edge of the pie crusts needed to be trimmed off so that the pies would be small enough to be completely surrounded by cake batter when in the cake pan.
Once the pies had been cooked, cooled, and trimmed, the fun really began. I mixed up the first cake mix and poured 1/3 of the batter into my thoroughly greased and floured cake pan. Then I popped the first pie out of its tin foil pie pan, held my breath, and ever so carefully lowered the pie into the cake pan. Once the pie was down in one piece, and my hands out from under it (knuckles covered in cake batter) I poured the rest of the batter over the pie. Then I threw the cake into the oven. An hour later it was done, and I did it all again for pie #2, and then again for the 3rd pie.
All that was left to do then was to let the cakes cool, cover them in frosting, and stack them on top of each other. And then of course the fun of presenting my creation to PixelMEDIA!
Results? The general consensus seemed to be at first “hey this is actually really good!” and then after 30 minutes “I need a nap … or maybe I need to go run around the parking lot for an hour… I can’t decide” My personal thoughts on it are that it was better than I expected, the edges of the cake were too dried out from the long baking time, and it was a crazy amount of sugar to put into my body, but it was tasty, exciting, and most importantly it brought the entire office together for a few minutes of fun. Would I make it again to serve as a dessert after dinner? No. Would I make it again to serve as a source of excitement and conversation? Absolutely.
- Total bake time: 5.5 hours
- Total prep time: 3 hours
- Total calorie count (estimated): 21,000 (equivalent to 30 Big Macs)
- Height: 7 inches
- Weight: 10 lbs
- Number of people fed: 25 (840 calories per person on average)
- Cost: $25