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    Absolutely Ridiculous Food


    I may not care about football, but I do care about the Super Bowl.

    I care because of this:My yearly super chili dog.  A hot dog on a smushy white bread bun smothered in chili and queso and sprinkled with fritos.

    It makes me happy.

    And after I ate that, three different appetizers and chips and salsa I feigned interest in the second quarter and waited for half time.

    Because half time?

    Half time is for dessert!

    This year’s dessert was an over the top extravaganza that I first heard about from Jamie The Very Worst Missionary(Do you know her blog? It’s fabulous. You should subscribe to her feed because she doesn’t post often but when she does it’s always worth reading.) Normally, Jamies’s posts inspire me on a spiritual level, but when she wrote recently about the Picaken, I was inspired in a whole new way.

    Here’s where it starts:  with a basic cherry pie. I baked it the day before so it was completely cooled and set.

    I’ll be straight up with you:  what you’re looking at there is a store bought crust filled with canned cherry pie filling.  Store bought crust because I had a weekend full of cooking and I wasn’t in the mood to fuss with pie crust.  Canned filling because that’s what Rich likes best.

    The rest of the dessert is home made though.

    I like the cake recipe from the Hershey’s cocoa powder can but if you want to just use a cake mix, I won’t tell anyone.

    I mixed up the batter and poured about a half inch into the bottom of a 10” springform pan.

    Then came the hold your breath and squint your eyes part - inserting the pie.


    That was tricky.

    It goes in upside down because when you add the rest of the cake batter, it fits better this way.

    I’m pretty sure this next picture is upside down.

    I’m too lazy to fix it.

    Whatever.  You certainly don’t come here for my food photos.

    You get the idea.  Fill the pan with more cake batter until the pie is covered and you’re about 1/2” from the edge.  You’ll have batter left over and you should know that it it illegal in most states to discard chocolate cake batter so use what’s left to make a few cupcakes.

    I baked this sucker for a long time at 350.  I started with 50 minutes and then checked it every 5-10 minutes until it finally started to pull away the from the sides.  I’d guess it was about an hour and fifteen minutes total

    You can see the edges got a little too done.  After the cake cooled I trimmed that off.

    And then frosted it.  It took a recipe and a half of the frosting.

    But what you want to know is what it looks like on the inside.

    Here you go.

    It was … decadent.  A bit too rich for me actually but the males who were here were quite enthusiastic about it.  I think if I were to make one again I’d go with an apple pie in a spice cake - that seems like it would be a bit more subtle and the flavors would meld better.

    How about you?

    Any truly ridiculous food while you watched the game last night?


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    Reader Comments (12)

    yep - chips and dip. We NEVER buy dip except for "Special" occasions such as these. It was awesome!

    I am half parts laughing my head off, and then wishing I had some.
    I'm going to sneak this into the next party and see what people say when they slice into it.

    Oh, my goodness! That picaken looks to sinful to even touch. I had pizza, which is a real treat for me anymore!

    February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLorrie

    I have no words for that chili dog : )

    My hubs had a late late late night flight out last night so headed to the airport at halftime. We dined on blts and veggies with hummus. We're on a bit of a health kick. Not a full blown health kick but we're trying. Bathing suits and graduation photos with our daughter are my inspiration.

    February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    Wow, I have no words Mindee! I think I just gained 5lbs just reading your post. Looks so good!

    February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

    Tabitha - Mmmmmm . . . dip!

    MJ - you'll get oohs and aahs for sure. Especially since I know you'll go ahead and make your crust yourself.

    Lorrie - Now I want pizza too.

    Joyce - bacon is ALWAYS a good choice.

    Krista - I should have just read about it too.

    February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMindee

    Wow! I think it looks really good, but I also think your spice cake idea sounds good too...oooohhh, with apple pie! Wait. Did you say that? I think that might be a good combo, too. We watched some of the SuperBowl, but the commercials are what led to us turning it off. Mike said one of them was so bad that even muting it wasn't good enough, he had to turn the channel. (I am guessing that was the Fiat one based on what I saw on Facebook later...) I just want to say I am very happy that the Giants won. Speaking of pie, I think Tom Brady needed a piece of the humble kind. :P

    February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

    P.S. Why did you do away with your blogroll?

    February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

    P.P.S. I just realized you don't have the verification anymore! I want to get rid of mine too...did you do that or did it happen unbeknownst to you?

    February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

    Oh yum. That is all. I love cherry and chocolate together - this would have put me in a sugar coma though. And I like the idea of apple and spice. I think it would be awesome too. :)

    February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

    Christina - that Fiat commercial was something else. Wow. (sent you an e-mail about the rest.)

    Heather - sugar coma is pretty much where I was by 8:30. Too bad the game wasn't over till after 9!

    February 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterMindee

    The apple pie idea is BRILLIANT. And not just because I've decided I need to try and eat healthy because I don't want to realize I'm 50 and roughly the health level of a 100yr old diabetic, so am sitting here eating grapes. Which are okay. But certainly aren't cake with a hidden pie inside and how is that not a huge thing already?!

    February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan (Best of Fates)

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