When it comes to Thanksgiving dessert, there are three kinds of people: those who prefer cake, those who prefer pie, and those who eat both because they love themselves. For those of us who fall into the third category, there’s no shame in sashaying up to that dessert table two or three (or eight) times to have our cake and eat pie, too.

The only problem with that is the fact that you usually have to dirty a billion plates in the process. But what if you didn’t? Ladies and gentlemen, meet the piecaken.

Brought to us by Zac Young — acclaimed pastry chef and (if you ask me) humanitarian — this version of the stunning creation will trick you into thinking that all’s well in the world.

This pie-cake hybrid combines an apple upside-down cake, a pumpkin pie, and a pecan pie. Oh, and the whole thing is smothered with cinnamon buttercream frosting. Life is going to be okay.

If you want to try your hand at recreating this monument to happiness and overall fulfillment, check out the full recipe.

If that looks a little bit too intense, you can start with a single-layer piecaken.

This recipe will walk you through the deliciousness from beginning to end, and you will be a hero to many by the time it’s all said and done.

Slicing up piecakens can become a real hassle, so this saint of a human being created a cupcake version.

That’s right, everyone. This is a cupcaken, and my faith in humanity has been restored. Drop the mic at Thanksgiving dinner by showing up with a pile of these chocolate-cherry flavor bombs.

No gluten? No problem. The same champion that came up with the cupcaken has gone ahead and invited people who lead gluten-free lives to the piecaken party.

You can find the recipe for this no-bake ode to chocolate and peanut butter here.

(via Distractify / Food / Piecaken)

See you never, turducken. I’d argue that you could just forego the turkey altogether if the table was stacked with 10 piecakens. No one would even notice. If you give one of these recipes a try, email me a slice.

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