10. Pie has more variety: Because of pie’s simple structure – a crust with a filling – everything from super-sweet coconut creams to quiche falls under the “pie” mantle. Heck, even pizza can be categorized as a type of pie.
Now, I’ll concede that there are foodstuffs which use the word cake in them – like crab cakes or pancakes – but there is no way that these items would be in any way be categorized as a cake in the traditional sense.
9. I love icing, which is the only reason I eat cakes. But I can get icing on pies, too. (Philadelphians – remember those great tastykake French apple pies with the raisins and the icing on top? Mmmmmm.)
8. Pies are easier to make. If I’m feeling really lazy, I can go to Safeway, buy some frozen crusts and some canned fruit, and voila! I’ve got pie. Even boxed cake mix takes more work than that.
7. Pies are more progressive, embodying the best values of our country. No one says anything is as American as cake. Rather, we associated cake with Marie Antoinette and the worst excesses of the French monarchy.
6. Agent Dale Cooper loved pie. (And if you don’t know who Dale Cooper is, that’s probably because you’re the type of bland sheet cake eating folks who like “According to Jim.”)
5. “Can I buy you some pie?” is a great pickup line. Non-threatening and fun at the same time. “Can I buy you some cake?” just sounds sleazy.
4. In terms of holiday horror foods, mincemeat pie is much less threatening than fruitcake. Mincemeat pie may not taste great, but at least it won’t mess up your digestive tract until the new year.
3. Pie is an all-year round treat. I don’t have favorite seasonal cakes, but I do have favorite seasonal pies.
2. Pies can be full of ingredients that are bad for you, but it’s easier to make a healthy pie than a healthy cake.
1. Pies taste good. ‘Nuff said.