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Cake & Pie: Great Rivals, or Best Friends?

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Cake versus pie: an age-old rivalry that has split countries and families (including my own). But what if, instead of pitting cake against pie, we embraced their differences as telltale signs of compatibility?

Photo by James Ransom

Where cake is light and tender, pie is gooey and nutty. Where cake is dense and chocolatey, pie is syrupy and fruity. Where cake is crumbly, pie is custardy. Where cake is cheese, pie is vegan.


This holiday season, make a cake and a pie. We promise these 6 pairs will get along (and that none of your pie- or cake-hating guests will complain).

Cake and pie: best friends forever.

-Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds
-Mixed Apple Pie with Hazelnut Crumb Crust and Maple Cream

Photos by James Ransom, James Ransom

-Pomegranate Molasses Crumb Cake
-Vegan Chocolate Pie

Photos by Mark Weinberg, James Ransom

-Butternut Squash Pie-Cake
-Cinnamon-Chocolate Tart with a Pecan Crust

Photos by James Ransom, Mark Weinberg

-Faith Durand's Dark Molasses Gingerbread Cake
-Open-Faced Deep Dish Apple Pie

Photos by Mark Weinberg, Linda Xiao

-Double Layer Cranberry Ginger Upside-Down Cake
-Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie

Photos by James Ransom, Gentl & Hyers

-Lemon Bar Cheesecake
-Autumn Apple and Pumpkin Galette

Photos by James Ransom, James Ransom

Tags: cake, pie, baking, dessert