With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to share one of my favorite holiday cakes from last year. Thinking of a theme for a Thanksgiving cake, it’s pretty much a guarantee it will be food-related, and since I had already made a turkey cake a few years back, I thought I’d just go down the list of my favorite Thanksgiving foods. Helllooooo apple pie…cake!

The Cake

Since it was an apple pie cake, I wanted the cake to taste like—you guessed it—apple pie! The cake itself was an apple spice cake, with cinnamon buttercream between the layers. Then I added a homemade apple pie filling on the top layer, so when I added the “lattice” it would look like a real apple pie underneath.

The Details

If you know me, then you know the details on a cake are my favorite part of making them. The pie “plate” was made out of modeling chocolate, then I added some details around the rim that were modeled off a pie plate I had in my cabinet. I created the lattice by rolling out strips of fondant and weaving them lattice-style, just like you would on a real pie. Then to give it the “baked” look, I toasted the whole thing with my blow torch. Too fun!

I also have to give a shoutout to maybe the greatest cocktail napkins of all time. These Ina Garten cocktail napkins are from Lettermade, and as soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them! And I don’t know about you, but all the holiday meals I’ve prepped have been at least 70% Ina recipes, so I think of her as being synonymous with Thanksgiving.

Below are some detail shots of the cake. Drop me a line in the comments for your favorite Thanksgiving food that you think would make a great illusion cake for next year!

3D Apple Pie Cake

3D Apple Pie Cake

3D Apple Pie Cake

3D Apple Pie Cake

3D Apple Pie Cake

3D Apple Pie Cake

3D Apple Pie Cake

3D Apple Pie Cake

3D Apple Pie Cake

3D Apple Pie Cake

 

Photos by Abby Murphy Photo