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Cake in a Pie Crust

by on January 26, 2013 · 8 comments

I wasn’t in the mood to bake pie on National Pie Day, but I had a partially wrapped unbaked frozen pie crust (it was from a two pack) in the freezer that needed to be used.  Hilah at Hilah’s Cooking had recently recommended a carrot cake, so I decided to try baking half of Hilah’s carrot cake in the pie crust.

It seemed kind of silly baking the cake in a pie crust, but the results were surprisingly good!

The cake was easy to decorate, didn’t require much icing, and was the perfect size for a small family.  Plus, it was fun to serve!

I’m going to try a few other recipes and will let you know how it goes, but for now, the recipe is this.

1. Bake a frozen Mrs. Smith’s or Pillsbury pie crust at 350F for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, make cake batter using half of a recipe.

3. Pour the cake batter in the hot crust (you may not need all the batter depending on the recipe you use) leaving a little room for it to rise.

4. Set the pie crust on a baking sheet and bake for however long you would bake that particular cake recipe (usually about 20 minutes).

5. Let cool, then decorate!

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Published on January 26, 2013

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Cardamonbraid January 27, 2013 at 12:35 am

Did you watch that Diva show on lifetime because that is what her friend supposedly invented and started a business selling…………..

Anna January 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

Nope, never heard of it. I figured it had been done before. Still fun, though!

lynn @ the actor's diet January 27, 2013 at 10:12 am


Sue January 27, 2013 at 10:26 am


Rebecca January 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm

A friend of mine from Ireland does this in cupcake tins. Line with pie crust. Put a dab of jam in the bottom, fill with “Queen Cake” batter (looks like yellow cake). One they’re cool, she frosts them. Delicious!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Genius!! I love anything in pie crust, why not cake?

gloria January 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm

A fun and easy way to make a cake different!

Valerie January 29, 2013 at 6:06 am

one of the bakeoff recipes last year was carrot cake pie. it sounded yummy to me and I thought it had a shot. of course, I thought a LOT of them had a shot. oops, just looked it up… it was carrot cake tart!

anyway, yours looks really good.

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