Cake & Pie: Great Rivals, or Best Friends?

November 12, 2015

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?

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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).

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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

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Photo by James Ransom

-Pomegranate Molasses Crumb Cake
-Vegan Chocolate Pie

Photo by Mark Weinberg
Photo by James Ransom

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

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Photo by Mark Weinberg

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

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Photo by Linda Xiao

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

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Photo by Gentl & Hyers

-Lemon Bar Cheesecake
-Autumn Apple and Pumpkin Galette

Photo by James Ransom
Photo by James Ransom

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Sarah Jampel

Written by: Sarah Jampel

A (former) student of English, a lover of raisins, a user of comma splices. My spirit animal is an eggplant. I'm probably the person who picked all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream. For that, I'm sorry.