Thursday, February 23, 2012

The picaken–an epic feat of cooking!

Here in Niger we need to get creative in our fun. There just isn’t much to do! So when I read a blog about this crazy feat of cooking, I knew we had to try it! I found a partner in crime in Kerrianne and we plotted our cooking adventure to our unsuspecting victims at the next team potluck!
So have you ever heard of TURDUCKEN? You know, the main course dish where you take a chicken, you stuff it inside a duck, which you then stuff inside a Turkey before cooking it all together? As a meat lover this makes my mouth water but we have yet to make it. Paul brings it up every once in a while so maybe we will try it when we are home!

Anyhow…the picaken is the DESSERT VERSION of the Turducken. YOU MAKE A YUMMY PIE. You cook it. Then you pour cake batter all around it and you bake it right inside of a CAKE. COOL! So of course the first step is to come up with a yummy combination. Our options are limited so we decided to try a chocolate/peanut butter pudding pie with a white vanilla cake around it.

First we made the pie. (This is all done at Kerrianne’s place since our oven is still broken 2 months later with no fix in sight).

IMG_3215Kerrianne hard at work

IMG_3216You really can’t go wrong in my option with any dessert that mixes chocolate chips and peanut butter!IMG_3217The cooked pudding is ready to pour into the baked pie shell.


In it goes! After this we called it quits for the day to allow the pie to set. We wondered how to drop it in the middle of a cake pan.

IMG_3221Fast forward to the next day. We whipped up yummy vanilla cake mix. (As a side note- another bonus of doing the cooking at Kerrianne’s is that her mixer doesn’t shock you with electricity like mine does!) So we used a spring form pan so we could get a nice high cake. We poured some batter into the bottom first.


Then we dropped in our cold pie. It fit snug. I wished we had a bit bigger spring form pan.


Then we poured cake batter all down the sides and covered the top. The pie is totally hidden now!


We let the cake bake at this point. I realized when we got to the time when it should be ready that the middle top was not baking. I realized the error of my ways in using a cold pudding pie with no pastry top so it was not letting the batter cook in the middle top. So NEXT TIME I will use a more traditional baked pie with a pastry top (take note of that any of you who want to try this at home!) You can see in the picture that the middle is not quite cooked. But the pie is well hidden!


Then for fun I added a 1 inch layer of a yellow cake. Three flavours in one dessert! Of course this made it difficult to decorate. I had made an awesome browned butter icing from an old cookbook. It was so yummy it took willpower not to eat it out of the bowl!


OK so I definitely lose points on the decorating. At this point Cecilia texted me and said “FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!”


At our potluck that night we let Cecilia be the one to cut it open. She knew we were having fun with our epic dessert plan but had no idea what it was. IMG_3230Check it out! You can clearly see all three layers!


The very inside white batter was still not cooked (due to the cold pudding error) but let me tell you- it tasted awesome! Decadent! You don’t need a very large slice to truly enjoy this rich dessert. And everyone loved the surprise of the pie hidden in the cake!


So here is my question to you- what kind of combination do you think would be awesome? Warning to my family – I intend to perfect this process and bring it to family events next year! And let me know if you plan to try it at home yourself! Go have fun!


Here is a picture of someone else’s  double decker picaken delight - courtesy of


For the original crazy inspiration – check out this YouTube video!

The Original Picaken

1 comment :

Di said...

Oh, my yum. I would try Raspberry or Blueberry pie with Lemon cake. Oh an on the Stuffed turkey... how about a cornish game hen in the chicken. LOL... bet that would be fun to debone. :) Thanks for sharing.... It was a fun read.