What could be better than seeing a bunny on your way to work and then having someone bring you a pake—all on the same day?
In the past couple of years there has been a small explosion of eastern cottontail rabbits, Sylvilagus floridanus—otherwise known as “Nature’s buffet”—in Hyde Park. About one day in three, if I come to work early enough, I’ll see one or more grazing on the quad. They are of course very timid: this is the closest I could get.
And I am the recipient of a pake! A pake (“pie + cake”) is a recently-invented dessert that incorporates a whole pie baked inside a cake, usually covered with cream-cheese frosting. It may sound dire, but it’s actually scrumptious. Here’s mine: it features an entire blueberry pie baked inside a spice cake, topped with an entire peach pie baked inside a yellow cake, all generously slathered with cream cheese frosting:
Yes, I know it’s a bit crude-looking, but don’t scoff: it was someone’s first attempt, and it was delicious. And I know it’s an artery-buster, so don’t bother reminding me; those comments are gratuitous and will be deleted! I estimate the weight of this pake at about 8 pounds (no kidding), and a 15-degree slice is a generous serving.
Here’s a more professionally baked pake, the famous cherpumple: cherry, apple, and pumpkin pies in three layers of cake (white, yellow, and spice respectively):