A year or so ago I was at my daughter’s house, waiting (for what I don’t remember now) and she was watching Drop Dead Diva, so while I was waiting, I found myself becoming interested in the show. (Which for me is unusual, because for years I didn’t even have the local channels of my TV hooked up, let alone cable. I had a VCR and then a DVD player so we could watch movies but that was it —but back to my story.) I was interested enough that I stayed until the end of the episode, and watched another; and then over the next month or two, I binge-watched the whole series on Netflix. It became a guilty pleasure, because it’s not the type of fluff I would normally watch. In one of the episodes, the diva’s ditzy friend invents what she calls a Pake — half pie/half cake. So tonight I created my own version of Pake because I didn’t have exactly what the recipe called for, and I improvised, and adjusted things here and there. So I blame/honor my daughter, Brittanie, for sucking me into watching her diva drama.
Apple Pie Bundt Pake
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; prepare bundt pan (grease and flour)
1 pkg yellow cake mix
1 3.4 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding
1 tsp. pumpkin spice mix
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. oil
1 can of apple pie filling*
1/2 c. finely chopped pecans (optional)
Mix everything EXCEPT the apple pie filling and pecans with a wire whisk or hand mixer until smooth. Spread half of batter (it will be thick) into the prepared bundt pan. Spoon apple pie filling evenly over batter. Sprinkle pecans over the apples. Cover with spoonfuls of the remaining batter. Sprinkle the top with pumpkin pie spice.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 – 70 minutes. Let cool for 30 min. Turn out on platter. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
*I used a quart of the apple pie filling I canned last fall; I think the apples are granny smith, though they may have been gala — I have five apple trees, and I’m not sure which ones I used. But the apple pie filling is delicious, and I may eventually get around to posting the recipe for making it.