After realizing earlier this year how fabulously fun it was to make our dessert talk – al’a a typography cake. We figure the holidays are a great time to relive the concept but even better, because now it’s typography in a pie!
A talking pie that can be made in any flavor with any word you choose (unless your word is supercalafragalisticexpialadoshus). Have a birthday boy who loves his pie, want to wish joy at the annual Christmas pie exchange, maybe just a nice statement of thanks at the feast table this month? No matter what you have to say, it will be SO MUCH better said in a pie.
To make the typography pie you’ll need: double pie crust (ready-made or refrigerated, but not shell as you’ll need to form letters from the dough. You can also use a homemade pie crust recipe). Pie filling (we made a pumpkin pie but this could be done in any flavor). Mini alphabet cutters (we used a set where the letters are 1″ high, 0.75″ deep, 0.5-0.75″ wide).
Start by preheating the oven to 400F. Prepare pie crust. Roll out a single layer to desired thickness; this will be the layer you will cut the letters from. Decide the word or saying you wish to place inside the pie; it could be anything! Make sure the word will fit in a pie plate, starting from the center to the outer edge of the pie plate. Take the cutters that spell your word and cut out the letters from the dough. We decided on the word FEAST and created the word 8 times from dough. Lay your letters on a parchment-lined pan. Stick in the oven for 5-7 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Next prepare the other pie crust and your filling (in this case, pumpkin pie filling). Line a pie plate with the rolled-out dough and lightly bake the crust for 10 minutes in the oven (you can skip the pre-baking step and simply place pie crust in fridge while you prepare your filling). Allow to cool.
Cover the bottom of the pie with a thin layer of filling; this will support the dough letters when you line them in the plate. Place the letters in the pie plate, spelling your word starting from the center and ending at the outer edge of the plate. Space the words out as evenly as possible around the pie. For the pie here, we went around 8 times; this will result in 8 pieces of pie when sliced. In order to know where the the words are placed in your pie, put a small dab of filling on the uncovered crust to mark the positions of the words.
Increase oven to 425F. Once the words are in place, begin to carefully spoon the filling into the plate. Try not to move any of the letters, and fill in all spaces before finally covering the top with filling. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.
Remove the pie from the oven and let cool. When you’re ready to slice, you’ll be able to use the ‘markers’ on the pie to cut in the right place. The slices will reveal your word and totally surprise your friends and family at the table!
Serve pie with whipped cream, of course! And if pie is just not your thing – the typography cake should definitely do the trick.
This cake is a part of our creative cake series. Produced and photographed by Athena Plichta. Creative direction by Victoria Hudgins for A Subtle Revelry.