Apple Piecaken, you ask? I’ve baked an entire apple pie inside a yellow cake and frosted with my Cinnamon Cool Whip Frosting for a one of a kind dessert.
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Original content posted April 2018. Updated June 2019.
Every year, I made five birthday cakes in three weeks during our family’s chaotic birthday season. Three of my four children, my husband and sister-in-law all celebrate birthdays and, of course, they all deserve their own special cake.
This year, after two versions of my Chocolate Pudding Fudge Cake – one with Dark Chocolate Buttercream, one with the traditional variety – a Nutella cake and rainbow cupcakes, I declared that this Apple Piecaken was my favorite of them all!
What is an Apple Piecaken?
Apple Piecaken, you ask? Friends, this is dessert deliciousness at it’s finest. It’s an entire apple pie baked inside a yellow cake. AN ENTIRE PIE. For my husband that lists apple pie as his numero uno favorite dessert, this recipe is the perfect collision of sweets.
As much as I love a slice of apple pie, when it’s stuffed inside a buttery yellow cake and then topped with my Cinnamon Cool Whip Frosting, the result is nothing short of magical.
Instead of frosting this cake traditionally, I instead to go with more of a “naked cake” approach. Basically, instead of thick layers of frosting, I went with a skim coat around the sides and a bit thicker on top. So easy! While this Apple Piecaken might look unassuming upon first glance, a complete surprise awaits once you cut the first slice.
And that’s exactly what happened when I served the first slice of this Apple Piecaken to the birthday guy. The layers of yellow cake, apple pie, more yellow cake and Cinnamon Cool Whip Frosting make for one showstopper of a dessert. No one will ever guess that it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare thanks to a boxed cake mix and store bought apple pie.
Want to try piecaken but looking for a different flavor combination? You’ll also want to try my Black Forest Piecaken – a cherry pie baked in a chocolate cake. I can’t pick a favorite and absolutely love them both!
How to Make an Apple Piecaken
 In a medium bowl, prepare cake mix according to package directions.
 Pour two cups of cake batter into greased 9″ springform pan.
TIP: I like to grease my pan with butter to insure that the cake releases cleanly from the pan.
 Place prepared apple pie into springform pan.
TIP: Don’t worry if it’s a tight squeeze to get the pie into the pan. The additional cake batter poured on top will go down the sides of the pans to assist in bringing the layers together.
 Cover pie with remaining cake batter.
Bake for one hour at 350 degrees and allow cake to completely cool before removing from pan.
Before serving, frost with Cinnamon Cool Whip Frosting.
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Apple Piecaken (Apple Pie Baked in a Cake)
- 15.25 ounce boxed yellow cake mix + ingredients needed to prepare cake mix
- 1 prepared 9" apple pie
- 1 recipe Cinnamon Cool Whip Frosting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
- Pour two cups of cake batter into greased 9" springform pan.
- Place prepared apple pie into springform pan and cover with remaining cake batter.
- Bake for one hour and allow cake to completely cool before removing from pan.
- Before serving, frost with Cinnamon Cool Whip Frosting.