So when BF suggested us making a pie in a cake for his family's Easter celebration, I was all over it. It's like a turducken, you know, that crazy thing on Thanksgiving with the duck in the chicken in the turkey. That's gross and okay yes, a pie in a cake kind of is gross sounding... but only at first.
After I did a little research and found what I thought was a pretty easy recipe, we decided to take it next level... and instead of just a boring cake around the pie, we made it a RAINBOW cake. Then we added sprinkles to the batter make it funfetti style! Check out my post HERE on making any kind of cake or cupcakes rainbow!
If you would like to wow and impress your friends, this pie in a cake is very easy to make but looks complicated.
Here are the ingredients (this is for a two layer cake containing 2 pies):
2 Boxed Cake Mixes (I used white just so I could dye it but any kind would work)
Eggs/Oil/Water (whatever the cake mixes call for)
3 Cans Frosting (I like to use cream cheese frosting, but use your favorite)
2 Pre-made frozen pies (like Mrs. Smith's/Marie Calendar's in your fav flavors)
9 or 10 inch Deep Round Cake Pans (we did have to buy these special for the recipe)
A bunch of cups for mixing colors for the batter and frosting colors
Ziplock bags (or piping bags if you're fancy)
Follow the directions for the cake mixes. If you are making them rainbow, get several containers and put the cake batter in, then stir in whatever food colors you like to get a bunch of fun colors. Add sprinkles (optional) to make even more rainbow colors (like funfetti cake mix)
Spoon a thin (maybe 1/2") layer into the bottom of each cake pan.
Place the room temperature (or refrigerated, just not frozen or hot) pie on top.
Spoon the rest of the batter on top (make sure the pies are covered).
Bake the cakes in a preheated oven according to directions on box. (It is easier to use boxed cake mixes and purchased pies to keep the recipe uniform. With homemade pies and cake recipes, the textures can differ. Also, the boxed cakes and pies are created to withstand varying tempatures and conditions and are pretty fool-proof)
Once the pies are done baking (check that the toothpick comes out clean). Allow to cool completely and remove from cake pan.
Ice as you normally would with your frosting. Reserve about a cup (8 oz) for decorating the top.
I got four mugs, divided the frosting up and added food coloring.
I didn't have piping bags, so I just put the frosting in ziploc bags, cut off a bottom corner and drew lines across the top of the cake.
I then got a toothpick and drew stripes across the top of the cake (you've made marble brownies before I'm sure, so you know what I mean).
This post was originally published 4/9/12. It was after Easter last year. I wanted to share it again in case you are asked to bring a dish to Easter dinner and needed some inspiration. This easy recipe will knock your friends and family's socks off. It looks so pretty, yet, so crazy at the same time. My tip is don't add the food coloring and sprinkles. Yes, the cake/pie is already overkill, but don't kill the overkill with the fake taste of too much food coloring.