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Cake vs. Pie

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It is the eternal question. Humanity has been debating it for as long as there has been dessert. But before we can even attempt to address this most important of quandaries, the bias must be addressed.

Cake holds a place in our hearts. Cake is the go-to dessert for special occasions.  Birthday? Cake. Going-away party? Cake. Wedding? Cake. It is cake by default. I’ve never heard of a birthday pie. And I hardly think the loving couple would be very accepting of a wedding pie.

Does all of this suggest that cake is superior to pie? I think not. Pie is vastly superior to cake.

Let’s start with the filling. Pie is filled with fruit, jam, and any number of other flavourful substances. Cake, on the other hand, is filled with sponge. And what is sponge exactly? It’s mostly air and is entirely flavourless.

But cake has icing, there’s no icing on pie. Crust. Crust beats the sponge out of icing. Icing is just sugar. It’s sweet but that’s about it. Pie crust is crunchy, crumbly, and tasty. It’s a wonderful complement to the sweet syrupy filling inside.

Cake and ice cream; nothing beats that. Sure, you can have room temperature cake with ice cream. Or, you can have piping hot pie with ice cream. The heat of the pie slowly melting the ice cream, creating a deliciously sweet concoction. The mix of textures and temperatures, soft and crunchy, hot and cold, is heavenly.

Have your cake and eat it too. Just don’t save me a piece. I’m a pie guy.

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  1. December 21, 2012 at 01:17

    Pie, definitely pie. Although, this has only been since I’ve become an adult. When I went to Bard college, they had the best pies in the student dining room, especially the peach. That turned me into a pie lover, edging out cake. I go to live theater a lot and the after play ritual, is always pie and coffee.

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