The Dessert Wars: Cake v. Pie! (Weekend Assignment #331)

The current Weekend Assignment topic revisits one originally assigned by the WA’s founder, John Scalzi, in August 2005 – but since that was a year and a half before I started blogging, it’s a new one for me!

Weekend Assignment #331: Cake v. Pie
Which is better — cake or pie? Explain your reasoning. Will you choose the moist sponginess and frosting-topped goodness of cake? Or will you side with those flaky crust-adoring, fruit-filling fanatics of the pie nation? You must choose one — and only one! No trying to suggest that Boston Creme Pie is really kind of like a cake, or how cheesecake is actually not unlike a pie. Take a stand! Be true to your pastry orientation!

Extra Credit: Having chosen cake or pie, now admit your favorite variety of the dessert you did not choose. So if you chose cake, tell us your favorite pie. Prefer pie? Tell us your favorite cake.

Could there possibly be a wrong answer to this question? Aside from trying to make the case that cheesecake is like a pie, that is…which I actually considered, to be honest. After all, most no-bake cheesecakes are made using a pie pan, and even “real” cheesecakes – the kind baked in a springform pan – usually have a crust of some kind. That’s like a pie, right? When it comes down to it, I think I like cheesecake better than either cake OR pie.

Chocolate Cake

But taking cheesecake off the table (pun totally intended), my choice will nearly always be cake. I love a double-layer chocolate cake, with creamy icing (also chocolate, of course)…and maybe a chocolate-mousse filling between the layers.  I especially like it when each part of the cake is a different chocolate flavor – dark chocolate, chocolate fudge, milk chocolate, plain ol’ chocolate, even mocha – but I’m not picky about which part is which flavor. However, sometimes I’m picky about the type of cake I want, and I’ll pass up that layer cake for a dense, flourless chocolate cake topped with a warm chocolate sauce…and maybe some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream alongside it. These cakes are sometimes called “molten chocolate cake” or “lava cake,” and there are times they’re the only thing that will satisfy my combined craving for chocolate and cake. I won’t turn down a slice of chocolate Bundt cake or pound cake either, especially if it’s got a nice chocolate glaze to go with it.

As you can see, I’m not just a cake fan – I’m a chocolate-cake fan. However, I’m open to trying other flavors – carrot, Red Velvet, marble – if that’s what you have around to offer me.

Pumpkin pie with plates

Having said that, I’ll acknowledge that pie does have its place: at Thanksgiving dinner. Pumpkin pie isn’t just a tradition for me – it’s been a favorite ever since I was a kid, and it’s really the only kind of pie I like. It’s also the easiest pie in the world to make at home.

Which side will you choose in The Dessert Wars (not to be confused with The Hunger Games)? Share it with us here – it’s always nice to share dessert with friends! And if you’d like to expand on your answer, you have until 6 PM ET this Wednesday to post a response to this Weekend Assignment. There are just a few participation guidelines:

  1. Please post your response no later than than the deadline day and time given in each week’s original assignment entry. You can do this either in a blog entry of your own or in the comments section of the assignment entry.
  2. Please mention the Weekend Assignment in your blog post, and include a link back to the original entry.
  3. Please return to the original Assignment entry after you’ve posted, and leave a link to your entry in the comments to the assignment. Please post the URL itself rather than a live link.
  4. Visiting other participants’ entries is strongly encouraged!
Bonus: Take the quiz!


You Are Cake



You are sweet – at times overly so. You can be a bit overwhelming.

You’re always ready to party, and you’re usually one of the last ones to leave an event.

You are there for your friends in the best and worst of times. You make anyone’s day.

You are soothing, accepting, and totally comforting. No wonder so many people love you.

Blogthings: We’ll Tell You The Truth… Someone Has To!

(To be honest, based on this description – especially the first part – I’m probably pie.) 

(Photo credits: PicApp.com)

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