The Ultimate Pi Day Recipe: A 3-Layer Cherry, Pumpkin and Apple Pie

03/13/2014 at 09:55 PM ET

Cherpumple Pie
Courtesy amcurtis77

To quote School House Rock, three is a magic number — particularly when you’re talking about three types of pie baked into a cake.

For Pi Day (a deliciously nerdy math holiday; 3/14 corresponds to 3.14, get it?), meet the cherpumple: a cherry pie, pumpkin pie and apple pie all baked into a layer cake.

Love it? Grossed out? Or maybe you’ve been lucky (unlucky?) enough to eat one: This 15-pound tower of sugar, butter and sticky fruit filling holds the same revered place in foodie pop culture as the turducken (a chicken stuffed inside of a duck stuffed inside of a turkey), but is — believe it or not! — much easier to make.

Oh, and we’re joking about the unlucky part. No matter which way you slice it (and with this behemoth, there’s really only one way: very carefully), a cherpumple is an incredible combination of your favorite pies. Except no need to pick favorites, because they’re all there, living in exquisite dessert harmony.

The secret to baking one: Treat each layer as a separate project. Make your favorite cherry pie recipe, then your favorite white cake recipe (box mix? More than fine). Pour about 1⅓ cups batter in the cake pan (square or round; just make sure the pie can fit comfortably inside), then carefully get the pie out of its tin, push it gently but firmly into the batter, pour enough remaining batter in to cover the pie and bake the cake like you would if there weren’t an entire pie inside of it.

Repeat with pumpkin pie and spice cake, and apple pie and yellow cake. Once cool, layer them like you would any layer cake, coat in the frosting of your choice and bam: a bouncing baby cherpumple!

For inspiration, we’ve gathered a gallery of our favorite cherpumples, starting with the above beauty from Instagram user amcurtis77, whose cherpumple truly is a picture of perfection. But even if your cake sags a little with the weight, remember: It is still going to taste amazing, be remembered for years and take you months in the gym to work off.

Happy Pi Day!


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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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