Introduction: How to Make a Pie . . . That Turns Into a Cake

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Much to my husband's chagrin, I often experiment with recipes. Sometimes they are failures, but not to the point of becoming inedible. I recently made him Mountain Dew jelly with success so I thought I would use the same principles to make a pie out of Cherry 7-Up. Here is what happened . . .

Step 1: Crush Cookies

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I used iced animal cookies but I think graham crackers or vanilla wafers, etc would work too. I like to use what I have leftover and substitute when needed. I used about 2 cups of the small iced animal cookies.

Step 2: Add Sugar and Butter

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I then added 3 tablespoons of melted butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar to make a crust.

Step 3: Stir

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Stir the sugar, cookie, butter mixture.

Step 4: Put Mixture Into Pie Pan

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I would say "press the mixture into your pie pan" but guess what . . . this is when the recipe that started out good first through me for a loop so don't worry about pressing the "crust" into the pie pan, it will all eventually float up and become part of the batter.

Step 5: Boil Cherry 7-Up

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Next I was going to make a Cherry 7-Up gelatinous good-stuff mixture so I took a 2 liter of leftover Cherry 7-Up that was half full (so one liter) and began to boil it.

Step 6: Add Sugar

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Next I added 2 cups of sugar, dissolved the sugar in the soda and brought to a hard boil.

Step 7: Add Pectin

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You can probably skip this step if you want . . . it didn't help my mixture turn into jelly for a pie like I hoped and I see no other reason to need it for the recipe. But if you want to be a masochist and explore this recipe to the fullest torturous experience, go for it.

Step 8: Pour Into Pie Pan and Sigh

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After you boil the sugar, 7-Up and Pectin for a couple of minutes, Pour the mixture into the prepared pie pan and get ready to be disappointed. All of the cookie mixture/crust is going to float to the top and you are going to think, "Great! Now it is totally ruined!" Do not fret, the pie can still be saved! Put the mixture into the refrigerator and chill it for a few hours. After a few hours, take the pie out for inspection- no need to panic even though only the top centimeter has set and the rest is a rolling ocean in a pie pan . . .

Step 9: Add Whipped Cream and Cherries

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If you are like me, you are impatient and want to just get this over and either chalk it up to success or failure. Go ahead and add a carton of whipped cream and bottle of marchiano cherries to the top and put it back in the fridge overnight. Maybe in the morning it will be set. After all, you did stick your finger in the mixture for a taste and it tasted pretty good so no need dumping it in the trash and covering it up so that your hubby can give you the evil you-wasted-food-again eye.

Step 10: Add Flour Mixture

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The next morning you are going to open the fridge and think, "Disaster!". However, the recipe can still be salvaged and turned into something delicious. Here's how:

In a large bowl, combine:
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Dump in the contents from the pie pan and stir. Divide the batter into two round cake pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray or that have been buttered and floured. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. You will get a super-moist pie-cake.

Step 11: Make Frosting

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After you let the pie-cake cool completely you can frost however you desire, either with store-bought stuff or a homemade recipe. I decided to make a coconut frosting and used:

4 cups confectioner's sugar
1 stick butter
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon coconut extract

I blended it with my hand blender and spread it on the 2-tier cake.

Step 12: Garnish With Blueberries or Other Fruit

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I topped my pie-cake with leftover blueberries but cherries might work well if you wanted to call it Cherry 7-Up pie-cake.

Step 13: The End Result

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The end result is a super-moist cake that I hate to say resembles fruit cake but it does because it is so heavy. A small serving will go a long way . . . and this is how you turn a pie into a cake!


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tinker_lady (author)2010-08-24

that looks soo delicious ... I wish I could make it but i dont have the ingrediants =(

sarah05148 (author)2010-08-16

excellent save and the pictures are mouthwatering. I'm wondering if you are just going to add the flour anyway if you could skip the 2 refer steps and mix it up all at once? do the cookies need that much time to soak or will the baking part be enough? or like bread pudding- just a bit of a soak......and I love fruit cake too. yum

kcls (author)2009-08-10

What does it taste like?

Mr. Brownie (author)2009-07-05

I so am going to try this. Thank you!

watermelonhead (author)2009-06-29


DivideByZero (author)2009-06-15

I think you might need lemon juice for pectin, but i'm not sure.

twojima (author)2009-05-09

my cake ended up being 3 layers high

Travellinman (author)2009-02-21

Excellent! An adventure with a story line. An experiment in disaster going good. And photo documented you have the traits of a journalist. Good for you! I enjoyed this as i rarely finish reading a recipe instructable.

TippyStClair (author)2008-08-27

I love the way your writing is so descriptive and the pie-cake is just fabulous!

Plasmana (author)2008-08-20

Mmmm, that looks so good... 1+ vote!

TangMu (author)2008-08-04

mmmmm i can feel my arteries furrowing already. Nice one! Back in first year uni i tired to make a cake using instant cake mix and a can of 7 up.... i got a lot of intersting goo and the whole flat smelt of sugary lemons.... good times...

LemonyPotatoes (author)TangMu2008-08-14


bearswife (author)2008-08-07

You are very funny! I loved reading your recipe. Not sure I want to try it...

kinetisonic (author)2008-08-07

this is so hilarious. I love it. And your comments are excellent. Thank you.

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2008-08-03


You took some excellent pictures too.

The question is, can I turn this pie-cake into a pie-cake-flan? :P

locodiego (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-08-04

A flan fan . . . have you seen the movie "Envy" with Ben Stiller? They all like flan in that movie . . .

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)locodiego2008-08-05

Yes. I've seen it at least twice, but it's been a while. I could use some flan in a tube right now...

Skor459 (author)2008-08-04

Aww, I was hoping for at least one more thing to go wrong for another quick solution.

jongscx (author)2008-08-04

IBLE For Mountain DEW JELLO!!! I know this has only a marginal amount to do with the current I-ble, but I'd love to make me some Dew Jelly...

locodiego (author)jongscx2008-08-04

Please see my reply to Omega below for Mountain Dew Jelly info.

saites2001 (author)2008-08-03

Though this seems really awesome, THE CAKE IS A LIE! But it does seem pretty great. 3.5 Stars.

goobyalus (author)saites20012008-08-04

The pie is a lie! The cake is real! Even though you only get to see it at the end...

locodiego (author)goobyalus2008-08-04

What happened is I set out to try and make the pie for the contest and after it was apparent that the pie was not going to work I quit documenting it. I figured there was no sense in getting the camera back out if there wasn't going to be an entry. The pictures end for the "pie" portion in the cherry and whipped cream shot and then begin again after I added the flour mixture and baked it. I just figured I had put so much work into it already I had to salvage it and decided to enter it as a pie-cake, so I started taking pics again but I do wish I would have taken a pic of me adding the flour mixture.

SoapyHollow (author)locodiego2008-08-04

This was a beautiful save! I've found that my "Oh dear lord, what do I do now?" experiments often turn into things I keep on the rotating regular menu. :) Go you!

thinker (author)locodiego2008-08-04

i wish i was as imaginative as you when it comes to desserts =[
id have given up when it didnt settle xD

tercero (author)2008-08-04

Looks good. But. You should try and think of ways of reducing the calorie and carb count on this. Seriously. It's really unhealthy to eat like this.

thinker (author)tercero2008-08-04

this cake has more fruit in it then what i normally eat at my meals, also, i like carbs
carbs are GOOD FOR YOU. the provide a vital source of energy for the body, if your body doesnt use as much energy as they provide, then they get stored as fat, which later on can turn into muscle, muscle which needs energy ergo CARBS! even if you dont want to build muscle though, carbohydrates provide the body with vital energy, a slice of this late at night is a brilliant end to the day, and if its as carb rich as u say, may help u get to sleep, and the energy given off by its digestion will make u wake up well and refreshed.
if you dont use as much energy as you eat, then yes, it will be stored as fat, but thats not the puddings fault, almost all foods are fine in moderation, and ones like this are generally the ones i prefer.
but if you dislike how many carbs and calories this has
go bake your own cake =] if its as tasty it should be more popular =]

locodiego (author)tercero2008-08-04

I hope you can tell from my pic that I do think about what I eat. I certainly don't recommend eating like this all the time but really the recipe isn't as bad as many other things. According to my nutritional calculator each serving (cut like a cheesecake in 16 thin pieces) contains the following: 387 calories 8 grams of fat 78 grams of carbs but here is the kicker . . . 56 grams of sugar! To put that into perspective there are 39 grams of sugar ONE CAN of coca-cola. So . . . if you are going to make and eat some of this pie-cake I suggest skipping the value-meal at the local fast food joint that day/week/month or however often you eat it.

Omega192 (author)2008-08-03

ooh, this looks quite delicous :] and mountain dew jelly you say? instructible please? :D

locodiego (author)Omega1922008-08-04

I probably won't have the need to make it for a while since I canned about 7 jars and therefore won't be taking pictures for an instructable. But here is a link to where I got the recipe and I will upload a picture to my library of what it looks like when it is done.

Naomi2969 (author)2008-08-04

mmmm-this sounds absolutely delicious. Part of its charm is the decadence involved!! Congratulations!! Your husband is very lucky.

locodiego (author)Naomi29692008-08-04

Thanks. He ate a piece of this and said, "I like chocolate." My brother was half-way through his piece and commented, "Tastes like fruitcake." He must like fruitcake because he finished it quick.

zachninme (author)2008-08-03

I really like this instructable... I like how your clever experimentation led to something cool eventually :P

aeromancy (author)2008-08-03

This seems like a neat cake. It is always nice when someone creates their own recipe. Great job!

havanacus (author)2008-08-03

A battle between the chef and the confection that did not want to be... Then end results look delicious though...

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