Ever since I started working at PixelMEDIA, there has been chatter in my department about Cherpumples, a dessert of mammoth proportions. Quite simply and quite complexly, 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, but making one is no small task. A week ago, I was trying to figure out what to do with my Saturday and the Cherpumple became a reality.
The Shopping List
- 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 required to prepare this beast, I opted to take the easiest route for each one (except for the apple pie, which I enjoy making). If I had to make everything from scratch, it would have taken way too long.
All three pies needed to be completely prepared and baked 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. However, I needed to prep for a bit first as the pies had to be completely cooled and solidified before they could be submerged into the cake batter. So I threw the pies in the fridge overnight to solve that issue.
Secondly, the outer edge of the pie crusts needed to be trimmed off so they 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 and threw the cake into the oven. An hour later, it was done. I then had to recreate the process for pie #2 and pie #3.
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!
The consensus evolved from, “Hey, this is actually really good!” to “I need a nap...or need to run around the parking lot for an hour” 30 minutes later. It was better than I expected, but 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. However, it was tasty, exciting, and most importantly, 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