It probably is!
Oh, Food Network Magazine… It’s been my inspiration for so many baking projects as of late. I always get excited when the magazine arrives. I carefully pour over each page and note all the things that I think I could make (aka bake – that’s the only thing that really catches my eye… something about the sugar content…hmm). As always, there was a project that I wanted to try. I couldn’t pass up the fun idea of a pie cake! It’s a layered project where you bake yellow cake and take it out while it’s still wobbly. You add your fruit layer. Then you add the pie crust and finish baking it. I looked at the picture and it seemed complicated. However, I’ve been pretty successful with my other attempts from FNM so I guess I got a little cocky. I thought I could handle it. Sadly, my dessert looks nothing like the picture. I’m pretty sure it will taste okay, but that desired appearance means a lot to me and I flopped it.
So my first problem… I probably used too much batter. It’s hard to judge filling the pan pie 2/3 of the way full. Unless it’s labeled, I’m really bad at eye-balling things. Next problem, I decided to use cherry pie filling instead of strawberries. I tired to get as much of the cherry goo off as possible, but I didn’t work out in my favor. The cherries just weighed too much and they penetrated the baked layer of the cake causing the unbaked insides to ooze out. Not pretty… trust me. This made for a mixture of cherries and cake batter on top. The whole point is to hide the cake underneath the berries, but that didn’t work out so well. So much for the surprise element. I also probably needed another can of cherries to cover the top completely. I just assumed 2 cans was enough.
This was my first attempt at lattice work on the pie crust. I didn’t do such a super job of cutting the strips evenly. I knew I should have used a ruler! Anyway, for some reason the crust didn’t want to brown too much and I had a fear that I would bake all the moisture out the cake. After resetting the timer numerous times, I figured things were as good as they were going to get.
Like I said before, I’m sure it’s going to taste fine. However, I try to make all my goodies look phenomenal when serving them to my 5th/6th grade girls. Let’s be honest, kids can be picky. They can make a decision about something just from looking at it. I really want them to give it a chance. I might need to have a back up snack just in case for some reason this pie cake was a total flop.
I might have to try this again and redeem myself. Maybe now I’ll be able to pull off the picture perfect pie cake. Or maybe this is just how my cooking experiments will go… try it… mess it up… move on. I still have many other fun treats to create. Maybe pie cakes won’t be my specialty. Oh well. Jesus still loves me!