I had never heard of it until Joey suggested, in jest, that I try making one after I confessed to having sub-par cake baking skills. But then we just had to try one. For those of you unaware, a picaken is a pie baked inside a cake. Yep, you bake an actual pie, take it out of the pan, put it in some cake batter, and bake a cake around it. Sound intriguing? I thought so.
Conveniently, after learning about the picaken, my birthday was the next birthday, so my friend Katie decided to give it a go and make a picaken for me!
After much discussion, we settled on the flavor combo of mulberry pie and lemon cake (we have mulberry and lemon trees here on the base). So Katie slaved away all for me and then we all partook of the fruity goodness on my birthday night.
It may not have been beautiful, but it was YUMMY!
In Katie’s defense, she learned a lot about making a picaken in this process and would make a much prettier one on her next attempt! And there will be a next attempt. We are planning a contest where, over the next few weeks, each of us will take a shot at a different combo of picaken and we will vote on the best.
Any suggestions for flavor combinations?