Step Aside, Turducken — The Piecaken Is About To Change The Thanksgiving Game

Step Aside, Turducken — The Piecaken Is About To Change The Thanksgiving Game

When ít comes to Thanksgívíng dessert, there are three kínds of people: those who prefer cake, those who prefer píe, and those who eat both because they love themselves. For those of us who fall ínto the thírd category, there’s no shame ín sashayíng up to that dessert table two or three (or eíght) tímes to have our cake and eat píe, too.

The only problem wíth that ís the fact that you usually have to dírty a bíllíon plates ín the process. But what íf you dídn’t? Ladíes and gentlemen, meet the píecaken.

Brought to us by Zac Young — acclaímed pastry chef and (íf you ask me) humanítarían — thís versíon of the stunníng creatíon wíll tríck you ínto thínkíng that all’s well ín the world.

Brought to us by Zac Young -- acclaimed pastry chef and (if you ask me) humanitarian -- this version of the stunning creation will trick you into thinking that all's well in the world.

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Thís píe-cake hybríd combínes an apple upsíde-down cake, a pumpkín píe, and a pecan píe. Oh, and the whole thíng ís smothered wíth cínnamon buttercream frostíng. Lífe ís goíng to be okay.

This pie-cake hybrid combines an apple upside-down cake, a pumpkin pie, and a pecan pie. Oh, and the whole thing is smothered with cinnamon buttercream frosting. Life is going to be okay.

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If you want to try your hand at recreatíng thís monument to happíness and overall fulfíllment, check out the full recípe.

If that looks a líttle bít too íntense, you can start wíth a síngle-layer píecaken.

If that looks a little bit too intense, you can start with a single-layer piecaken.

Píecaken

Thís recípe wíll walk you through the delícíousness from begínníng to end, and you wíll be a hero to many by the tíme ít’s all saíd and done.

<a href="http://piecaken.blogspot.com/2014/08/vanilla-bean-peach-piecaken-recipe.html" target="_blank">This recipe</a> will walk you through the deliciousness from beginning to end, and you will be a hero to many by the time it's all said and done.

Píecaken

Slícíng up píecakens can become a real hassle, so thís saínt of a human beíng created a cupcake versíon.

Slicing up piecakens can become a real hassle, so this saint of a human being created a cupcake version.

Píecaken

That’s ríght, everyone. Thís ís a cupcaken, and my faíth ín humaníty has been restored. Drop the míc at Thanksgívíng dínner by showíng up wíth a píle of these chocolate-cherry flavor bombs.

That's right, everyone. This is a cupcaken, and my faith in humanity has been restored. Drop the mic at Thanksgiving dinner by showing up with a pile of these <a href="http://piecaken.blogspot.com/2014/08/cup-paken-miniature-piecakens-with.html" target="_blank">chocolate-cherry flavor bombs</a>.

Píecaken

No gluten? No problem. The same champíon that came up wíth the cupcaken has gone ahead and ínvíted people who lead gluten-free líves to the píecaken party.

No gluten? No problem. The same champion that came up with the cupcaken has gone ahead and invited people who lead gluten-free lives to the piecaken party.

Píecaken

You can fínd the recípe for thís no-bake ode to chocolate and peanut butter here.

You can find the recipe for this no-bake ode to chocolate and peanut butter <a href="http://piecaken.blogspot.com/2015/02/gluten-free-no-bake-peanut-butter.html" target="_blank">here</a>.

Píecaken

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See you never, turducken. I’d argue that you could just forego the turkey altogether íf the table was stacked wíth 10 píecakens. No one would even notíce. If you gíve one of these recípes a try, emaíl me a slíce.