Monday, June 17, 2013


How was Father's Day? We had a day that began with eating, and ended with a Dude Food Feast. It was a great day, but embarrassingly centered around food, food and more food. I have to say, my Mom, sister and I all kept up with the boys, and were pretty proud of ourselves.
We got up early and headed to our favorite country diner where eggs over easy, corn beef hash, and omelets were the main features (plus mickey mouse pancakes for the lil guy).  We then settled in at home for the day, and played with the kids.  It was raining, so it was a nice excuse to just hang around the house.
By dinner time, the clouds parted and it was a pleasant evening - which was a blessing because the real feast was centered around the grill.
Dinner was in honor of my Dad, my Hubby, and my Brother-in-Law. My Mom made an awesome spread that I would wager any Dad would be happy with. I will post some more recipes later in the week, but here's what we ate (turn away if you have a weak stomach - it's not pretty).  There were 6 adults who ate the "adult dude food feast"
100 little neck clams, cooked on the grill and served with butter and lemon
Hot Shrimp Dip with bagel chips
Creamy Coleslaw
Salt Potatoes (with more butter)
Corn on the Cob
Country Style Ribs with Awesome BBQ Sauce
AND, the silliest desert ever. 
(name inspired from Turducken)
My new favorite word, and possibly favorite desert to make for a BBQ.
Last week my husband and I were watching the Bake Off. One of the contestants made a pie, baked in a cake, which was pretty rustic, compared to the other contestants elaborate cakes. Big A and I commented on what a cool idea it was, even though it got the contestant kicked off the show! 
So with Father's Day approaching, and an apparent instinctive need to draw attention to the fact that I'm a redneck  classy - I decided to make it. I've mentioned before - I'm not big on baking. I simply don't like to measure. So I figured, why bother to make it from scratch?
So here's what I did:
Yup, a frozen pie, and a box cake.
I decided go with a "black forest" type of Piecaken. So I bought a cherry pie, and a chocolate cake. I don't even own a cake pan, so I borrowed that from my Mom. We decided a Spring form pan would work the best. We also spent the week chuckling over the work piecaken.
So first things, first, follow the directions for baking the pie and let it cool. I covered the edges of the pie during cooking because I didn't want it too brown.
Then follow the directions for the cake batter.

Pour 1/2 of the batter in a spring form pan. CAREFULLY plop the pie upside down on the batter. Pour over the other half of the batter. (I didn't take any pictures at this point, because I was just so excited to get this in the oven.)


Bake according to the directions on the box, however, I took the cake out about 10 minutes early and a toothpick came out clean. (Notice my mad baking skills?)

I then frosted the top with cream cheese frosting. You couldn't tell this wasn't a normal chocolate cake, and the surprise was half the fun.

Now here are the pictures. (I took them with my cell because we ate at my parents, I forgot my camera. So I apologize for the quality. You get the idea either way.)

It was a total mess! But it was delicious, and everyone laughed when we cut open the cake and there was a pie inside!

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Kim said...

Your bbq sounds like my husband's dream feast~ especially the little necks and ribs! The piecaken is ridiculous! :) You get the wife of the week award for attempting that for sure!

Unknown said...

Hi Kim! IK, it was ridiculous! Thank you for stopping by! I'm off to eat a lunch or lettuce and water after that man-feast!

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

How creative! And fun!!
Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday Link Party!
Hope your week is extraordinary!

Unknown said...

OMG this is so clever! I NEVER would have thought to do this! Thanks so much for sharing!

the cape on the corner said...

piecaken, now see, that is interesting!!

Stampin' VMG206 said...

Interesting... it reminds me of a turkey stuffed with a ham or whatever, lol! It does sound good... might even add ice cream?
I'm visiting today from Too Cute Tuesday. I hope you get the chance to visit my blog, linkup and leave a comment, too!
~ Megin of VMG206
Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Party
and Saturday at 5pm Central for DIY Showcase Link Party

Unknown said...

Hi guys! Thank you all for stopping by!

Megin I will add you to my list of parties! Julia

Claire Justine said...

Looks so yummy :)

Would love you to stop by on Friday and link this up to the weekend blog hop too ? :)

Unknown said...

Will be over Friday Clairejustine!

Charlene said...

What a fun idea! I'm storing this away for future reference!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I watched that show, too! I'm glad it turned out for you, it sounds delicious. Two desserts in one, YUM!
Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

I watched that show. I was thinking that when I saw your link on a link party. Yours looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

PIECAKEN - that's hysterical and we love it! Believe 'us' some of our stuff turns out not so great looking but it sure tastes awesome. Thanks for sharing such a great post!

So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

We'd love it if you would link back to BeBetsy!

Have a great weekend~xo
Sharon and Denise!

Charulie said...

Did it make a splattery mess when you dumped the pie onto the cake batter?

Charulie said...

I'm surprised the pie didn't sink to the bottom of the springform pan.

Kathy said...

Wow! This looks amazing - Dearest would have loved this for Father's Day. Your post will be featured in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Now how on earth did you ever come up with this idea? fun, fun, fun and it does look so tasty! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Unknown said...

Thank you all so much! I'm making this again for the family on the 4th! Hopefully I will get some better pictures! Julia