Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and who doesn’t like the taste of a delicious, homemade apple pie? The children in my family – that’s who! I thought it would be really fun to do a play on apple pie this year. What the kids do loves is cake, so I decided to make a apple pie cake Thanksgiving dessert just to accommodate what they love. I have to say that I’m not usually this accommodating in the food arena. I try not to be a short order cook. I love food that tricks, however. You can see that in my Father’s Day ice cream steak and pound cake fries. The trick here was to create a cake that looks like an apple pie.
I love to do cakes, you can check out my cake tab to see some of my designs. It is only a hobby for me, but I have discovered so many tricks along the way. I hope you will check out my Cake Making 101 and Cake Making 201 posts for links to my favorite recipes, tricks and tips.
How to Make an Apple Pie Cake – Food in Disguise
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I made my amazing and much loved white velvet cake recipe but baked it in a pie plate. Prior to adding the batter to the dish, I greased the pie plate and covered it in flour. Fill the pie dish just above half way full. This will help it release easily. Keep your eye on the cake. It will take less time to bake. Once cool, cover with my favorite buttercream frosting.
The next thing I created was the “apples.” I colored white fondant with a little bit of peach food coloring. I then rolled the fondant out using my gum paste roller that has guides to help roll fondant and gum paste to the perfect size. I used my oval cookie cutter to cut out the apple pieces and then cut them them into a half oval. I set these all over the top of the cake. I used piping gel to put it on top of the apple pieces to make it look like the filling for the apple pie.
The next step was to make the crust edge. I rolled the colored fondant into long snakes. I then put them around the edge and crimped it back and fort to make it look like a pie edge.
The next thing I did was to roll out more fondant flat and cut them into strips using my fondant roller. Above gives a visual tutorial that teaches you how to do lattice on top of a pie. If you need further written instructions visit Simply Recipes.
The final step is to brush some peach food coloring on the pie crust to give a golden brown baked look.
I hope your guests enjoy this cake disguised as an apple pie. It was super fun to make and serve.