Double your fun dessert: Strawberry Cake Pie

5 Sep

Nope. You aren’t seeing things. The title of this dessert is in fact Strawberry Cake Pie. The bottom layer is cake which you bake in a pie pan. You then top it with strawberries that have been coated in sugar and let to sit and get juicy for a bit. Then…wait for it…you top it with lattice patterned pie crust. YES! It’s a delicious trick. Because it LOOKS like a strawberry pie. But cut into it and you’ve got that yummy cake layer that has soaked up the juices from the strawberries during round 2 of baking. Bliss.

Now, my crust job doesn’t look that fabulous…and I could totally try to blame it on the fact that I was making this dessert at 7am on the 4th of July. But I won’t. Because when it comes down to it, I don’t put a whole lot of time into making things look bakery quality fantastic. I don’t want to fuss and fret that I’ve made the fork pressed edges of the crust perfectly even and didn’t overlap the fork at all on the way around. So what if it doesn’t look like it’s ready for its glossy magazine cover spread. If it looks decent enough and tastes good, I’m a happy girl. I did use boxed cake mix and *gasp* store-bought pie crust due to time constraints. Next time, I’ll double the strawberries and do homemade pie crust. Skip the lattice top and just use mini cookie cutters to let the berries show through. Whether you make it with from scratch ingredients or punk out and use store bought, it’s still a crowd pleasing dessert. I can see making it with apples in the future…or a blackberry top. Yum.

Strawberry Cake Pie

adapted from Food Network Magazine  July/August 2012

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1lb strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar + 1-2 teaspoons for sprinkling crust
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 rolls of refrigerated pie dough (or homemade)
  • Flour for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9in pie plate. In a medium bowl, add cake mix, eggs, water, oil & vanilla. Beat for 2-3 minutes until all ingredients are combined and no large lumps remain. Pour all of the batter into your greased pie plate (or ¾ full) and bake for 25 minutes, until the edges are set and the center is slightly wobbly. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

While your cake is baking, make the strawberry filling – in a small bowl combine the strawberries, ¼ cup sugar and pinch of salt. Stir to coat and let sit for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle cutting board with flour. Unroll your pie dough and slice into 1in strips and set aside.

Drain your strawberries and top your slightly cooled cake with them, pressing into the cake as you add them. Increase your oven temp to 450 degrees.

You will now top your strawberries with the strips of pie dough, spacing 1in apart. To create a lattice design, lift every other horizontal strip and place a strip of crust vertically. Lay down lifted strips and continue in an alternating pattern. To make the edges of the crust, use the leftover pieces, pressing the ends together to bind them. Use a fork to press the edges. Brush crust with the butter and sprinkle with 1-2 teaspoons sugar.

Bake for 15 minutes in your 450 degree oven.

Let cool and serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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9 Responses to “Double your fun dessert: Strawberry Cake Pie”

  1. Geraldine September 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Sounds yummy!! I love the idea of the cake layer!

    • seasonedwithsarcasm September 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

      It is pretty fantastic Geraldine! With the strawberry juice soaking into the cake layer, it’s similar to a shortcake!

  2. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy September 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Wow, cake and pie had a baby? I’m in!

  3. Durante September 7, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    This looks delicious! I want to try it… but add a layer of cheesecake somewhere in the middle… just because the strawberries told me to do it. 😉

    • seasonedwithsarcasm September 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      When the strawberries tell you to do something, there is no choice! I bet a cheesecake swirl in the cake batter would be amazing!

  4. recipeshappen September 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    WOW, you know how to make some delicious looking food!! Thanks for sharing!

    By the way, I’d love it if you could join me this or any Saturday for something fun I just started: Saturday Upsides.

    http://recipeshappen.com/2012/09/08/new-saturday-upsides/

    Love your blog!

    Bonnie

    • seasonedwithsarcasm September 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      Aw thank you! Perhaps i’ll join up next saturday, because I think i’ll be canning a vast amount of pasta sauce…and that can get, well, messy!

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