As I alluded to in yesterday’s Sweater Thursday post, I made an epic dessert this Thanksgiving.
Friends? I made a Cherpumple.
What is the Cherpumple? The Cherpumple is Charles Phoenix’s Americana dessert creation that flirts with the ridiculous. It is a three-layer cake. Within each layer of cake is a pie.
I think we need an infographic.
That’s right! The Cherpumple is a three layer cake with each layer having a pie as its core. Now, Charles Phoenix, in his internet how-to video found here, recommended the following layerage:
Top Layer: White cake with Cherry Pie
Mid Layer: Yellow cake with Pumpkin Pie
Bot Layer: Spice cake with Apple Pie
However, on his recipe site he recommends:
1 8″ frozen pumpkin pie
1 box spice cake mix
1 8″ frozen apple pie
1 box yellow cake mix
1 8″ frozen cherry pie
1 box white cake mix
We followed this recipe, though modified the order of layering. You see, Vivienne’s friend Cam (her experience here) recommended a slight modification: the pumpkin pie on the bottom. Apparently the structural integrity of this cake is far superior than the others, so the Cherpumple holds its form better with the pumpkin on the bottom and the apple in the middle.
I was expecting it to be a little tricky to find 8 inch pies. So when I originally purchased my pans, I opted for 9 3/4 inch spring form pans instead of your typical nine inch cake pan. This turned out to be a bad idea. We’ll explain why later.
As it happens, it was extremely easy to find 8 inch pies. The actual making of the Cherpumple was amazingly easy. Vivienne decided she wanted to participate in the hilarity, so the two of us prepared the cake mixes, de-boxed the pies, and floured/lined the spring form pans.
Upon pouring the cake batter and placing the pies, we quickly realized that with these larger sized pans, we’d need TWO cake mixes per layer in order to fully cover each pie. DAAAANG. We dashed to the store and purchased three more cake boxes.
With the largeness of these cakes, I had to bake them for an hour instead of the recommended 30 minutes. Thankfully, my oven was plenty large enough to handle three cakes.
The assembly went fairly well. The double cakes were structurally very strong and they stacked/stuck beautifully with a little cream cheese frosting.
Since my family was having Thanksgiving on Cape Cod, I decided to bring the cakes unassembled to my Thanksgiving destination and then build it and frost it there. This was a wise decision.
The frosting went on fairly well. If I had been on top of my game I would have bought a pastry bag and one of those flowerette things to make a sweet border on the cake. Even without the flashy flares, the Cherpumple looked impressive and beautiful:
The following is a Vimeo movie that documents the Cherpumple reveal!
Oh the majesty!
A few more photos for you:
What an amazing experience! I strongly recommend the Cherpumple to anyone who is looking to inspire awe and astonishment.