My eyes have been opened.
In case you have slept through the last decade, culinarily, you might not have heard of the turducken.
Wikipedia says it best: “A turducken is a dish consisting of a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed into a de-boned turkey. The word turducken is a portmanteau of turkey, duck, and chicken or hen. The dish is a form of engastration, a recipe method in which one animal is stuffed inside the gastric passage of another.”
Yes, it is indeed. Here is one:
Just to put your mind at ease, I have never really had any desire to EAT a turducken.
But now… there’s piecaken. A portmanteau in its own right: PIE + CAKE = piecaken.
You take a pie, you bake it in a cake, you ice the whole thing all lovely and shiny and serve it up… surprise!!! Here’s a reasonably professional-looking one:
Here’s another to drool over:
One mostly-not-a-food-blogger describes the process: “You bake a pie, then you put it in a cake, then you decorate it as if you haven't just done something really bizarre.”
Hers looked reasonably good, but in the hands of an amateur, or one who ignores or skimps on the crucial “as if you haven’t just done something really bizarre” decorating step, the piecaken takes on a far less fantastical, more nightmarish appearance:
At best, however, they are just shockingly beautiful. Despite the fact that I really kind of (shh) don’t like pie very much.
But that’s not the point. I want this, nay, NEED this confection not necessarily for its fruity, flaky heart, but for the sheer kitsch value, not to mention the decadence of eating TWO desserts at the same time!
Does anyone else believe this thing is utterly fabulous???