Friday, November 26, 2010


Okay, it was daunting, but ever since I read about the Cherpumple in the Wall Street Journal I had wanted to make one for Thanksgiving.  The only draw-back, we had only 8 people coming and I'd heard a number of disaster stories.  I was undaunted in my pursuit of being extra fat after T-day.
The three cakes baked!

The Cherpumple is a Cherry Pie baked in a White Cake on top of an Apple Pie baked in a Yellow Cake both on top of a Pumpkin Pie baked in a Spice Cake (i.e., White Cake with Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, and Ground Cloves.)  It is the dessert version of the Turducken.  It's like 8,000 calories a slice and its sounded heavenly.

The good - the directions were incredibly easy since I bought the pies at A&P and made the cake from boxes.  Also, I had heard of undercooking the cakes, so I actually baked them for twice as long as recommended.  Cream cheese frosting - and lots of it - was great way to tie it all together.

Two layers with lots of frosting
Three Layers!
The bad - I put the cherry pie on the bottom of the tower of cake which mushed all the filling out after the first cut.  Having 8 people eat a slice used up 1/4 of the Cherpumple.  We have enough for the Swiss Army!

Its a full 8 inches tall
Looks ugly - Tastes great!
The outcome - I'd make it again next year, but I'm definitely inviting more people.


  1. Nice job. I love it! I definitely want to try this someday.
    Don't know if you saw, but I'm not doing Kaplan anymore. Finally got a full-time gig as Associate Director, Research & Economic Services, at the NJEA in Trenton. A great relief after over a year of unemployment.

  2. Congrats, Dan! Well deserved and I wish you all the best in your new role.

  3. Fabulous holiday dessert, Scott!!! Anything with cream cheese frosting is OK in my book...but with 3 pies, too? Outstanding!!!