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Pumpkin Piecaken Recipe

This unbelievable dessert is made with pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple cake.

Updated October 05, 2018
Pumpkin Piecaken Recipe
Pumpkin Piecaken Recipe
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What is a piecaken?

It's the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert!

If you haven't heard of this trend yet, get ready to be amazed. A piecaken is a combination of cake and pie, layered together into an irresistible dessert.

In this case, our dessert uses a base of pecan pie, a middle layer of creamy pumpkin pie, and a top layer of apple spice cake. The flavor and texture combination is magical, and the dessert is truly showstopping. Be sure to scroll down to see the layers in the sliced cake!

This piecaken is the dessert that everyone will be talking about this year. Give it a try at your own Thanksgiving celebration!

Serves12

Ingredients

  • For the Pecan Pie Layer
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pecan halves or pieces
  • 1 frozen deep dish pie crust (from 12-oz package)
  • For the Pumpkin Layer
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 3.4-ounce box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 frozen deep dish pie crust (from 12-oz package)
  • For the Apple Spice Cake Layer
  • 1 box spice cake mix and ingredients for the cake mix (3 eggs, 1/2 cup canola oil, and 1 cup water)*
  • 2 tablespoons apple butter
  • *Note: This makes 2 9-inch layers of cake, but you will only need one unless you want a 4-layer piecaken.
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Piecaken Recipe

To Make the Pecan Pie Layer

  1. Prepare pie crust by placing in a 9-inch cake pan. Using a fork, poke holes on the bottom. Bake in a 475-degree oven for 10 minutes.

  2. Reduce oven to 375°F; place cookie sheet in oven to preheat.

  3. In medium bowl, mix brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended; stir in pecans. Pour into frozen crust.

  4. Bake on preheated cookie sheet 35 to 45 minutes or until center is set. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Cool 30 minutes; refrigerate at least 2 hours until chilled before serving. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

To Make the Pumpkin Layer

  1. Prepare pie crust by placing in a 9-inch cake pan. Using a fork, poke holes on the bottom. Bake in a 475-degree oven for 10 minutes.

  2. Stir together pumpkin puree, pudding mix, milk, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir until no lumps remain.

  3. Carefully fold in Cool Whip.

  4. Spread pumpkin mixture in prepared crust. Chill at least 3 hours or until it sets enough to slice.

To Make the Apple Spice Cake Layer

  1. Make cake according to package instructions.

  2. Add apple butter.

  3. Bake according to package instructions.

To Make the Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Cream cream cheese with an electric mixer.

  2. Add in butter and cream together with cream cheese until light and fluffy.

  3. Add confectioner's sugar, 1/2 a cup at a time. After each cup has been incorporated, turn the mixer onto the highest speed setting and for about 10 seconds to lighten the frosting.

  4. Add in vanilla.

To Assemble

  1. Place pecan pie layer on a platter.

  2. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the top.

  3. Place pumpkin pie layer on top.

  4. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the top.

  5. Add spice apple cake later.

  6. Frost the entire piecaken.

  7. Top with caramels, marshmallows, pecans, any décor you would like!

  8. Refrigerate for 3 hours, until set. Enjoy!

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Similar to a Cherpumple, created by Charles Phoenix. Cherpumple is short for cherry, pumpkin and apple pie, which was inspired by the Turducken. The apple pie is baked in spice cake, the pumpkin in yellow and the cherry in white I have made the Cherpumple and it is surprisingly good. It is easy to switch up the cake/pie combinations. (We like chocolate cake) The Piecaken looks interesting.

I'm going to be so overhyped on sugar, but this should've been disgusting and wasn't. Well done.

I didn't know what to expect with this pie/cake, but it was REALLY yummy! Lots of different flavors that seemingly shouldn't go together but really worked well! Now I can have cake AND pie at Thanksgiving dinner )

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