Have you ever been faced with the end-of-holiday-meal dilemma trying to decide between a slice of
cake or a slice of pie? It's a toughie, no? Admittedly, I usually end up having one and wonder
longingly about the other...sigh.
But this season, there is another solution. Meet the Pumpple
One of my dearest friends in the world, Abby Koenig of
, e-mailed me last week to exuberantly tell me the story of how her sister had helped create
the new "it" dessert flying off bakery shelves at
Flying Monkey Patisserie
in Philadelphia. The back story goes something like this: "John Eyman,
the database guy at work, likes to send me absurd e-mails and then walk over to my office to watch
as I revel in horror/joy," wrote Abby. "So he sends me this thing about a cherry pie, apple pie,
and pumpkin pie baked into a cake (a Cherpumple). It looked insane. So, to be just as annoying, I
send it to my sister Elly in Philly and say that we are expecting this for Thanksgiving. Then,
because she's [censored] Elly, she makes it. But she makes it sans cherry because she doesn't like
cherry. So it's a Pumpple
," continues Abby.
"Elly then makes one for her boss who says, let's start selling it by the slice," Abby tells
me. "They do. It's a hit. Then her boss blogs about it, then The Washington Post
picks it up, then the Philly paper
comes in to interview them, then they get a call from the (4th hour of the) Today show!!! I am so
excited for her, I just googled it and found it on
Needless to say, I was just as enamored of Elly Koenig and Elizabeth Halen (owner of
)'s pie-cake hybrid. Their version features vanilla cake, apple pie, pumpkin
pie and chocolate cake—it's no wonder a woman recently drove all the way from Baltimore to purchase
one. It's the perfect dessert remix and I will definitely be bringing one to my family's holiday
table—if only to watch their eyes bulge! Finally, no more dessert decision-making. You really can
have it all.
What do you think of the Pumpple?
Joanna Prisco is Dashboard's faithful editor. When not feverishly
writing articles about tasty trends and recipes, she can be found sampling salty snacks and pouring
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