pie + cake

pie vs cake

This month’s Our State magazine features a pie vs. cake bracket. The winner will determine whether North Carolina is a pie state or a cake state.

I personally would like to call for an end to the pie vs. cake wars (don’t get me wrong, I am totally voting in all the rounds) by introducing the world to a beautiful concoction that brings pie and cake together as God meant for them to be. Acquaint yourself with the picaken, friends.


Last year for my birthday I told Mike I wanted a picaken. I put it in our calendar. With lots of notifications. PICAKEN. MAKE ME A PICAKEN. He was like, Fine, but I don’t even know what that is. A picaken, according to Jamie the Very Worst Missionary, is a pie baked inside a cake. Mike made me one, all of us declared it to be delicious and a very happy birthday was had by me.

I had mentioned to Mike that he should make a picaken for the male bakeoff this year, but I don’t think he was really interested in making his choice yet. Cue this month’s issue of Our State magazine. I knew that now was the perfect time to show this great state the beauty of bringing pie and cake together rather than forcing them to fight. So, for Sunday’s male bakeoff, after the usual amount of stress, sweat, and tears, this gloriousness appeared in my kitchen. I talked him into making another, okay?

(this photo shamelessly stolen from my friend Mark File)

That’s right, he didn’t just make a picaken. He made a picaken and put creme brulee on top. I know! I, too, bow down at the awesomeness of Mike. This truly was a Holy Trinity of dessert. Thy pie have I hid in my cake, that I might not diet against thee (and also I put some creme brulee on it).

After all that I have to be honest with you and say that Mike entered two desserts in the bakeoff (aka more stress sweat and tears) and they like to spread the awards around, so the picaken didn’t win anything. He won second place for the cheesecake that he made with low sugar that was gluten and carb free. I didn’t try it. Come on, you guys. There’s no need for that nonsense.

(It was pretty though. I guess.)

However, I did try the picaken and I have to tell you that it was awesome. And I have a conspiracy theory to offer you. You see, one of the judges this year works . . . for Our State magazine. I think you can see where I am going with this. Mike’s dessert was clearly blackballed by the magazine because they want to promote their feud. That’s fine, Our State. You win this round. But we will not stop fighting until North Carolinians everywhere can bring pie and cake together rather than being forced to keep them apart.


(This is how Atticus and I feel about the picaken being blatantly ignored.)

Do you have a strong opinion about pie vs. cake? Then you should go and vote! Better yet, make yourself a picaken, stat!

Previous bakeoff entries: 2005: Chocolate Irish Cream Cake, 2006: Hill of Foreskins Cheesecake, 2007: Whore of Babylon Red Velvet Cake, 2008: Peanut Butter Cup Pie, 2009: Best of Show, 2010: Goliath’s Birthday Party, 2011 Best of Show, 2012 Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake, 2013 Best of Show.

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