Watch Video: Cherpumple

The Turducken of Deserts!

The Cherpumple is the desert version of the Turducken. It’s a three-layer cake with a pie stuffed in each layer. YUM! Cherpumple is short for CHERry, PUMpkin and apPLE pie. The apple pie is baked in spice cake, the pumpkin in yellow and the cherry in white. I DARE YOU TO TRY IT AT HOME!…& SEND PIX! Share your Cherpumple “Monster” Pie Cake creation!

The inspiration for the Cherpumple came from the typical desert table selection you would find at one of my family’s holiday celebrations. Seems there’s always cherry, pumpkin, and apple pie and a cake that’s a family tradition. It has a layer of spice and a layer of yellow. Since I always want to have a piece of each of the pies and the cake I figured why not make that waaaaaaaay more convenient. So I baked them all together as one and the Cherpumple was born.



1 8″ frozen pumpkin pie
1 box spice cake mix

1 8″ frozen apple pie –
1 box yellow cake mix

1 8″ frozen cherry pie
1 box white cake mix

eggs and oil according to the cake mix

3 tall tubs of cream cheese frosting

3 8.5″ round cake pans

Bake pies according to instructions and cool to room temperature overnight. Mix cake batter according to instructions. For each layer pour about 1 1/3 cup of batter in the cake pan. Carefully de-tin the baked pie and place it face up on top of the batter in the cake pan.  Push down lightly to release any trapped air. Pour enough batter on top to cover the pie. Bake according to box instructions. Cool and remove from pans the frost it like you mean it.

Since it’s the most wonderful time of the year …perhaps the cream cheese frosting should be dyed mint green!  And, yes, you can serve your Cherpumple FLAMING! Then you can call it CHERPUMPLE PIE CAKE FLAMBE! Why, oh why didn’t think of that sooner? Well actually I did but I was afraid that I would burn the vintage stove shop down where we filmed the video. I’ve heard those old stoves have a lot of trapped gas!

…BTW, to serve your “monster” pie cake FLAMING …its easy… just make a little puddle of lemon extract in the frosting on the top of your cake. Just before you light it gather friends and family around, turn out the lights and watch it burn. Make sure to have 911 on speed dial just in case.  Just how would you explain to your nosy neighbors that the desert version of the turducken burned your house down and singed theirs? Be fully prepared for gasps and ahhhhs as your guests see pie inside cake for the first time. Cherpumple ala mode anyone? Pie cake and ice cream go SO well together.

Here’s to my Cherpumple, your Cherpumple and YOU!!!
Dec 3, 2009

Charles Phoenix proudly displays his Cherpumple


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44 Responses to “Watch Video: Cherpumple”

  1. Betty says:

    is there a reason why the pumplin goes in the middle? I made it today. the apple pie fall apart when i put the cherry one on top of it. i had to bake the cake & pie longer then what the box said the cake wasnt done.

  2. Betty says:

    i made this & my apple pie fill apart when i put on the next one. is there a reason why the pumpkin goes in the middles. i had to bake them longer so the cake mix would get done. i try putting the cherry in the middle. that when the apple pie gave out.

  3. Sally says:

    I do not want to eat a desert. That would be very dry and sandy.

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  7. Will says:

    The cherpumple is an inspiration. I, however, prefer pecan pie over cherry and plan to attempt a pecpumple.

  8. chenault says:

    sounds like a perfect dessert to my hambearbacon, thats 1 pig stuffed in a bear wrapped in bacon smoked in a pit for 18 hours

  9. J Duck says:

    What it really needs is a layer of frosted decorated sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies in the middle.

  10. Denise Lawrie says:

    I just read about this Cherpumple and remembered that the program “Drop Dead Diva” had something similar and they called it Pakes. Did the writers get the idea from you or did you watch the same program?. Thanks for showing me how to make it.

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  21. Pecan or cherry! yum!

  22. Karen Nicolino says:

    I meant to say what pie would taste good with a chocolate cake

  23. Karen Nicolino says:

    If I use a chocolate cake mix what pie could I use that would take good…any ideas?? Want to make it for Easter..

  24. hi charles! i just saw you on the cooking channel and felt compelled to write after seeing your brilliant invention. i’m too lazy to bake but if there is ever a place in los angeles that sells your cherpumple please let me know. also, totally random, but my husband worked on “creature comforts” and told me you were one of the voices!!!

  25. Mancit says:

    I follow the directions and I just cannot get it to bake properly, it’s been over an hour and it still is not done baking

  26. Ed C says:

    Hello Mr. Phoenix,

    ‘Round these parts, we call it “Cakepie.” And you can see from the picture at the link, we prefer our cherry pie with chocolate cake!

    Anyway, thank you so much for the recipe. Up until then, I thought cakepie was an impossibility, a ruse, and a myth.

    -Ed Contradictory

    p.s. We serve cakepie with a meat cleaver.

  27. Irene D. says:

    Just caught a preview of tomorrow’s Rachel Ray morning show. Some lady is making a “Pumple Cake”! Looks very much like Charles’ “Cherpumple” but with better posture. I’ll be interested to see when & how she came up with this idea. Tune in Wed. & let’s see if our pal Charles Phoenix is mentioned!

  28. Greta says:

    Charles, saw this wonderful looking desert on The Early Show this morning. I have been looking for something really different to make for Thanksgiving this year. Thank You.If you like I will send you a picture.

  29. Hilah says:

    Oh Charles Phoenix, come to Austin and party with me and my Cherpumple.

  30. Jamie Jackson says:

    I just made the Cherpumple this morning.
    IT REALLY IS A MONSTER!!! I will send you a pic if you tell me how.

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  32. “The Cherpumple is the desert version of the Turducken.”
    Correct the misspelling:
    “The Cherpumple is the dessert version of the Turducken.”
    Meanwhile, I posted a link to this page for my 1,154 Facebook friends, and my son just bought those 3 cake mixes…

  33. mimi says:

    Wow, I love that story, Charles. It so speaks of the strange transitory nature of life in LA and the sort-of spooky, carnival-like aspect of xmas tree lots and the carny-like folk who run them…

  34. Jo Perry says:

    Plump and overflowing with holiday goodness inside and out. Happy Everything!

  35. Lynn says:

    Charles, that was a hoot! Have you sent this video to Martha or perhaps Rachael Ray or maybe Guy Fieri or Duff Goldman (The Ace of Cakes)? You should if you haven’t!!! Oh, maybe you could challenge Bobby Flay to a cherpumple pie cake throwdown!! haha!
    Hope you have a great week and happy, happy holidays!
    Lynn (from Phoenix)

  36. Robin says:

    I will totally make this for christmas if you want!
    Do you think the Grivas’ would appreciate it’s awesomeness? :)

  37. Linder Lou says:

    How can I not make this???? I have a xmas party at work coming up and one of my colleagues is encouraging me to make this. I don’t know how to back down from a challenge…

  38. Tiki Goddess says:

    Aargh! It looks wonderful. Kill me now before my arteries are completely clogged!

  39. Oh my goodness, that is awful and terrifying in a sublime, hurricane-amazing sort of way. A force of nature that cannot be reckoned with.

  40. Chris Brame says:

    Man, that was hilarious! As Lucy would say, “Food always tastes different when Charles Phoenix serves it – I don’t know WHAT he does to it!”

    Another thing you can do with it: Get a bunch of friends together and watch the movie “The Great Race”. When Jack Lemmon gets knocked off the balcony into the giant cake, stop the movie and serve the Cherpumple with a Ken doll dressed up as his character stuck headfirst in the middle. (Subsequent pie fight optional.)

  41. TikiHead says:

    I could see this as a cherry-blueberry-apple combo instead, the ‘Cherblueple Cake.’ The pumpkin seems to alien to the other flavors.

  42. Hey ol friend Charles. Happy Holidays to you! I Love the new look of the website. As the Cherpumple goes, man this is not good for dieters, but I am all about the flaming thing. And heck why not it is the holidays. Enjoy! looks like a good time with Phoenix as usual. Y’all take care ya here. Chris (Red) All the best for you !

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