Archive for the 'Philly desserts' Category


Storm the prison this Bastille Day (with cake!), at Eastern State Penitentiary

They're too small to see, but those are Tastykakes being thrown from the prison tower. Photo from

If you’re in or around Philly this week, stop by Eastern State Penitentiary, where Marie Antoinette will be letting us eat Tastykakes (Butterscotch Krimpets, to be exact) by tossing 2,000+ of those Pennsylvania treats from one of the prison towers. There are a bunch of other Bastille Day-themed events planned for the occasion, like special restaurant menus, re-enactments, and movie screenings.

As Ms. Pie said, why are we not gonna be there for this?


Flying Monkey’s Pumpple Cake

What came first, the Pumpple Cake or the Cherpumple? Well, I guess they’re really the same thing–a cake with a pie baby inside–but Flying Monkey’s Pumpple just looks a whole lot more palatable. It’s a layer of chocolate cake with pumpkin pie, topped by a layer of vanilla cake with apple pie, all coated in a buttercream icing. Now that’s a dessert made for sharing, no matter what part of the pie-cake divide you’re on.

Why stand in line to see the Liberty Bell or Ben Franklin's privy when you could be eating this Pumpple? Flying Monkey also conveniently has a location in Reading Terminal Market.

Watching them make the Pumpple on Outrageous Foods, you could see that quality ingredients go into it, whereas the Cherpumple looks more like a sad sack, the kind of thing you’d find contestants scarfing down in an eating competition. No offense to Cherpumple fans, or anything.