Do you prefer cake or pie in general?
I'll keep my choice to myself for now.
A group of my friends have been having this debate for the past year or so. It broke down exactly 50-50 in our group and we have each introduced it into our workplaces or schools and it always seems to break down 50-50. There also don't seem to be too many fence sitters -- while almost everyone will agree they like both, there is always a preference and usually a really strong one.
We have tried various phrasings of the question:
Which do you like enough to eat a bad version of it?
For example, I'd turn my nose up at store-bought versions of one and have had slices of it I could not finish, but have never left a slice of the other on a plate no matter how bad.
The only rephrasing of the question that got people to change their answer was which is better: the best pie or the best cake?
That got a couple people who were pie supporters to say that cake could be better, it just never was.
So I open the floor to all you Chowhounders. Maybe an American dominated board will increase the percentage of pie supporters as compared to my friends in Toronto? We'll see.
Oh, and this will lead to other debates like is Cheesecake really a pie? And if it is called Gateau in French, does that make it a cake (i.e. Gateau St. Honore)?