Get Your Very Own Cherpumple At the DC State Fair Bake Sale – Bidding Deadline Extended!

by moderndomestic on November 14, 2010

Yes, you can have your very own cherpumple. We're auctioning it off to benefit the DC State Fair.

Updated, 11/18 – We’re extending the bidding deadline to Friday, 11/19 5:00 pm eastern!

You know my post about cherpumple – the pie baked in a cake monstrosity that’s the turducken of the dessert world? Well, in case you need a refresher, it’s ridiculous – it’s a pumpkin pie baked in a spice cake, apple pie baked in a yellow cake, and cherry pie baked in white cake, held together with cream cheese icing. It’s a sick, excessive, fascinating spectacle.

I was joking with Victoria from The District Chocoholic about making a cherpumple for the DC State Fair Bakesale this Saturday (November 20th) at the 14th and U Farmer’s Market. But damn it, that girl has got moxie. She’s actually going to make a cherpumple and bring it to bake sale – partly to see if it can be done, and partly because I think DC’s general public is as strangely fascinated with this dessert as I am.

Since we can’t sell it by the slice (everything has to be pre-packaged, and I don’t think the cherpumple will hold up to slicing very well), we’re going to auction it off. All the proceeds will benefit the DC State Fair – to help us incorporate as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and bring you a bigger, better State Fair in 2011.

You can enter your cherpumple “bids” in the comments of this post (you can “up” your bid by leaving an additional comment). So how much do you want to experience the cherpumple? How much do you think DC needs a state fair? How much do you want to bring a cherpumple to Thanksgiving dinner (it will totally keep in the freezer if stored in an airtight container). I’ll be taking bids up until 5:00 pm (eastern) on Friday, November 19 11:00 pm (eastern) time on Thursday, November 18, and announcing the winner on Friday, the 19th. The winner can pick up the cherpumple between 9am and 1 pm at the DC State Fair bake sale at the 14th and U Farmer’s market on November 20th.

I’m starting the bids at $20. Bidding starts . . . NOW. And many, many thanks to our stalwart and adventurous cherpumple baker Victoria!!

Updated: Victoria was kind enough to send in some photos of the cherpumple baking process – the first layer, crumb coat, and final product are below.

Cherpumple - the first layer (and yes, that's the pie crust peeking out on the bottom).

The crumb coat.

Final product. Now I kinda want to cut into it, you know?

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Kayanna November 14, 2010 at 11:14 pm

YES!! bwahahahaha. My emailed link started something. I want to hear all about how the spectacle goes. 😀 I hoped you’d be all over (at least covering) this comedy baking piece.

PS there’d better be sprinkles on it. Just like in the photo. Because without them, it’s just not over the top enough…


Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I’m putting up a blog post on the baking of the pies and, subsequently, pie-filled cakes. No pre-baked pies or mixes in this cherpumple.

The second post on the frosting and assembly will come later.


Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Oh, and said post comes up tomorrow morning. I think I inhaled too much flour this weekend.


rebecca November 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

I think you should disclose just how much this thing costs to make. Not including your time which will be extensive this looks like a money pit.


moderndomestic November 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Rebecca – it cost $36 to make. You’re right – it totally is a money pit. Lordy.


Katie November 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I bid $25.00…


robin November 18, 2010 at 1:45 am

BTW, there are TWO BAkes sales to support the DC State Fair. One on Saturday at 14&U from 9-1 and the other on Sunday at Bloomingdale FM 10-2, First and R NW. Please pass the word…. It is on the new flyer at


ps your pumpkin whoopie pie looks delicious!


moderndomestic November 18, 2010 at 11:07 am

Thanks Robin! I just put out an updated post with the new flyer:


Kenneth Moore November 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Hell, I’ll bid $40. I know the work Victoria put into this, and I’m really curious about what it’ll look like when I cut into the beast!


Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm



Katie November 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Ok, I will bid $50.00 : )


Alicia C. November 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm


I know this isn’t The Price is Right, but I bid $50.01.

Top That!


Nick aka Fat Man After Dark November 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I will bid $100 as long as I can have a good friend pick it up for me since I am in Chicago this weekend.


moderndomestic November 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Yup, not a problem!


Nick aka Fat Man After Dark November 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Okay then my bid is $100, I will have someone pick it up for me or I will pick it up at a later date.


moderndomestic November 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Awesome – we’re closing bidding at 5:00 pm tomorrow, so I’ll let you know if you’re the winner after then. And THANK YOU!


Nick aka Fat Man After Dark November 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I will continue to monitor it just to be sure I get it :)


Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Just FYI, you are 100% obligated to send me a picture of this thing sliced up.


Sylvie November 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I want to see this thing sliced up. Would a regular plate be able to hold a slice of this?


Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm

A slice would be 7.5″x5.25″ (assuming perfect cutting), so it should fit on a standard dinner plate.


moderndomestic November 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Congrats to Nick – (aka the Fat Man After Dark)! You’re the winner!


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