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Brainchild of pastry pundit Zac Young, the PieCaken is the turducken of sweets, and solves the problem of trying to decide between pecan pie and pumpkin pie (and a couple other Thanksgiving desserts besides).

The most frustrating thing about Thanksgiving dinner—if you’re lucky, anyway—is navigating all the dessert options. Should we eat pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, or pound cake? The list goes on and on.

With so many sweets to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to decide what to indulge in (and stomach space is usually limited after the big meal). But why miss out on any of your favorites? This is where  Zac Young, pastry director of Craveable Hospitality Group and judge on various TV baking competitions, comes to the rescue. Young combined all of the best autumnal desserts to create the “PieCaken.” It’s the confection holiday dreams are made of.

piecaken (turducken of desserts)


With layers of pecan pie, pumpkin pie, spiced pound cake, and apple pie filling all baked together, you’ll never have to worry about leaving anything off your plate. This beauty is all held together with cinnamon buttercream frosting and butter, lots and lots of butter. Think of it as the dessert equivalent of the turducken, the meaty monstrosity in which a chicken is stuffed into a duck which is stuffed into a turkey. Except this time around vegetarians can get in on the food mash-up action. What’s not to love?

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While the “PieCaken” began its humble origins as an exclusive dessert at Young’s restaurants, it soon bloomed into a viral phenomenon. Everyone on the internet literally wanted a piece of the pie (er, we mean “PieCaken”). And frankly, we can’t blame them. We were lucky enough to meet up with Zac Young while baking his signature creation to catch a glimpse of how something this awesome is made in the first place. Check out the video above and marvel at layer upon layer of deliciousness.

Get inspired to create your own towering confections. We dare you not to drool at the mouth-watering decadence. Pecans, pumpkins, and apples, oh my! This year’s Thanksgiving dinner guests are certainly in for a treat.

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And note: There is a Christmas PieCaken too.

Related Reading: The Best Mail Order Holiday Desserts

See our Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving for more tips, tricks, hacks, and recipes.

Jessica is a former Associate Editor at Chowhound. Follow her on Twitter @volume_knob for updates on snacks and cats.
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