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The Brownie Pie Cake

It’s a brownie, inside a pie, inside a cake, covered in ganache, and topped with a mini pie slice!

Definitely not a figure friendly dish.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been hearing quite a bit about piecakes. Even Carla Hall made one during a recent episode of The Chew, and it was that piecake that inspired my creation. But I couldn’t just do a basic pie baked inside of a cake. In my opinion, the Turducken became so popular because it was a combination of 3 different meat dishes. Simply combining 2 desserts didn’t seem like it would be enough.

As luck would have it, the party my boyfriend and I had been planning to attend this past weekend was a potluck, and I decided to use it as my opportunity to create my brownie pie cake. Now, be forewarned, it’s a shit ton of work. I spent about 5 hours Friday night working on the baked goods, then a few hours the next morning preparing the ganache and decorating. But the result was impressive as hell.

Seriously, it was the hit of the party. And I don’t say that to brag, in fact, in my typical social awkwardness I spent most of the afternoon avoiding people who had questions or comments about the brownie pie cake. In my defense, I don’t usually enjoy larger crowds and hadn’t anticipated just how many people were going to be in attendance. So I definitely wasn’t expecting to be ambuhsed at every turn.

Check out the view of the inside of the cake, you can see the upside down pie and brownie inside!

With this dessert I actually broke one of my main rules: never make a dish for the first time if it’s a holiday, or you’re going to slash hosting a party, etc. Which caused me plenty of anxiety, because I didn’t really have any backup plan in case it didn’t turn out. But, I’ve made plenty of brownies, pies, and cakes in my day, and this really isn’t that complicated of a recipe, it just takes a while. So I’d say if you’re an experienced baker then go for it! If not, maybe cheat and use boxed brownie and cake mixes?

Here’s a selfie of me eating a bike of brownie pie cake. Pardon the crazy eyes, but like I said, I was an awkward mess at the potluck.

Brownie ingredient:

3 eggs
3/4 c granulated white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
8 Tbsp butter
3/4 c cocoa powder
1/4 c all purpose flour
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Shortening

Pie crust ingredients:

1 1/4 c all purpose flour
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
1/2 c shortening
1/4 c ice water
Additional shortening

Pie filling ingredients:

1 Tbsp butter
1/4 c granulated white sugar
1 egg
1/4 c agave
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 c walnuts

Cake ingredients:

1 1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c coconut flour
1 c cocoa powder
1 c granulated white sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
4 oz 60% cacao baking chocolate
3/4 c decaf coffee
1 c milk
1/4 c agave
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1/4 c canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Ganache ingredients:

8 oz 60% cacao baking chocolate
1/2 c heavy cream
2 Tbsp agave
1/2 Tbsp shortening
1/4 tsp kosher salt

Directions:

1. Combine dry brownie ingredients in one bowl, and remaining wet ingredients in another.

2. Add wet to dry and whisk lightly until your batter is free of big lumps.

3. Grease the inside of a pie pan with shortening, then pour batter into the pan and bake at 300 degrees fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes.

4. Combine dry pie crust ingredients, then cut in shortening until you have pea sized pieces.

5. Slowly add water until the dough comes together. Roll out, then transfer to a pie tin and trim the edges. Parbake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

6. Wrap tin foil around the edges of your pie crust. Then place a layer of walnuts along the bottom.

7. Mash butter into sugar with a fork, then add your egg and remaining pie filling ingredients. Pour over nuts, then bake the pie at 375 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.

8. Combine dry cake ingredients in a large bowl.

9. Pour hot coffee over baking chocolate and mix until it’s melted. Then add remaining wet ingredients. Once combined, add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until smooth.

10. Pour about 1/3 of the batter into a greased and cocoa powdered 10″ cake pan. Then set the pie on top of the batter base.

11. Place the brownie inside the pie, then cover everything with your remaining batter.

Don’t worry if there isn’t enough batter to fully cover the pie brownie as the sides will bake up.

12. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, then set aside and let cool.

13. Melt together ganache ingredients over a double broiler.

14. Pour ganache over cake and help spread it out with the back of a spoon. Then, you can decorate with nuts or a mini slice of pie (which I made by baking a bit of extra pie crust then filling with ganache folded into whipped cream).

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