This recipe looks a whole lot harder than it really is to make. However, it will give your holiday guests something to chat about!
1 - 9" Store bought Pumpkin Pie (or your favorite recipe) - Baked
1 - 9" Store bought Pecan Pie (or your favorite recipe) - Baked
Store bought or your favorite recipe of Butter Cream Frosting
Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 8” cake pan with non stick spray and line with a round of parchment paper. Peel, core 1 Granny Smith apple and cut it into quarters. Slice each quarter into very thin (1/16”) slices. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. In a bowl, toss the butter, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and apples together. Spread the apple mixture into a thin layer in the bottom of the prepared cake pan and bake in the oven for 10 minutes; The sugar and butter should be melted and the apples should start to soften. There may be a little liquid that has seeped out of the apples, that is fine.
APPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE
1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1⁄2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices in a medium bowl and whisk until blended together. In a large mixing bowl whisk the oil and sugar together, it’s actually easier to do this by hand than with an electric mixer. If you really like the mixer, use it. Add both of the eggs and whisk until smooth, you don’t have to spend a lot of time on this, just whisk it together. Add the buttermilk and vanilla and whisk until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients in two installments, whisking until blended.
Carefully pour the batter over the apple layer. If you dump it on top, you run the risk of displacing the apples and ruining the pretty apple design! Return the pan to the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes until the center of the cake is fully cooked. Once the cake has cooled for 20 minutes, flip it out of the cake pan and onto a cooling rack. Remove the parchment.
ASSEMBLE THE PIECAKEN:It is easier to assemble the PieCaken if the pies are chilled. With a small knife, cut the outer crust off the pies, leaving only the filling and the bottom crust. With a serrated knife, cut off what was the top of the cake, which is now on the bottom. Do this by cutting straight through the cake horizontally about a half inch up the side of the cake. Reserve the scraps for snacking.
On an 8 inch cake board or serving plate, place the pecan pie. Spread a ½ inch layer of frosting over the top of the pie. Place the pumpkin pie on top and spread a ½ inch of frosting on top. Place the cake, apple side up, on top of the frosting. With a serrated knife, trim the sides of the cake to be flush with the pies. Eat the scraps.
Using an offset spatula, spread a ½ inch layer of frosting around the cake, covering the sides. Using a piping bag with whatever tip you want, pipe a pretty border around the top of the cake. I like to leave the top of the cake unfrosted so you can see the apples.
Refrigerate the PieCaken for at least an hour or tightly wrapped for up to 5 days.
Let sit at room temperature for an hour before serving so the buttercream softens.