Both Peggy and I are big fans of Charles Phoenix, a gentleman who Peggy went to high school with who has become quite well known for celebrating Americana in so many forms. Phoenix is a character who has been on many national TV programs including ones with Martha Stewart, Conan O'Brian and others. He got his start finding some great slides at garage sales and has built a world of notoriety in celebration of Americana in many forms.
So what does Charles Phoenix have to do with the turducken? In his going through slides, he saw a number of these fancy main courses and thought about a fitting dessert. It is that inspiration that came up with the Cherpumple. The Cherpumple is like the turducken in that it's one dessert inside another, but it's so much more than that.
The Cherpumple is, simply, a Cherry pie baked into a white cake, a second layer with a yellow cake into which is baked a pumpkin pie and finally, a spice cake which has an apple pie baked into it. You frost this three-layer, six-dessert monster and your guests will be astonished!
This year we decided to bake a Cherpumple and serve it on Thanksgiving to guests as a late-evening dessert. However, I got a cherry pie instead of a cherry pie so we sort of made a Raspumple. The good news is, we decided to document the process in video which you can see here:
The final result was one incredible dessert and we will definitely do this again! It was both a lot of fun and, as promised, everybody was astonished.
Charles Phoenix is putting on some of his famous slide shows celebrating Americana and you can find out how to attend those on the Charles Phoenix website. We already have our tickets for his show on the 14th of December.
And, here is the original video of the Cherpumple for your information!
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