What's "cherpumple"? Let naming expert and word-watcher Nancy Friedman define it for you...
Cherpumple: A dessert comprising cherry, pumpkin, and apple pies, each baked inside a layer of cake. The word is a portmanteau of cherry, pumpkin, and apple.
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Cherpumple was invented and named last Thanksgiving by Charles Phoenix, a 47-year-old Los Angeles resident whose website describes him as a "showman, author, humorist" and "ambassador of Americana." A page devoted to cherpumple describes the creation as the "desert [sic] version of the Turducken"—if you need a definition of the latter, go here—and goes on to explain:
The inspiration for the Cherpumple came from the typical desert [sic] table selection you would find at one of my family's holiday celebrations. Seems there's always cherry, pumpkin, and apple pie and a cake that's a family tradition. It has a layer of spice and a layer of yellow. Since I always want to have a piece of each of the pies and the cake I figured why not make that waaaaaaaay more convenient. So I baked them all together as one and the Cherpumple was born.
There's a recipe (using frozen and boxed ingredients) and a video on the site, along with suggestions for making a flambé version. As Mr. Phoenix told the Wall Street Journal earlier this month, the recipe "puts the kitsch in kitchen." The entire enterprise can take up to three days, the WSJ reports, "because each component must cool before being baked into another."
According to the WSJ, other bakers have viewed Mr. Phoenix's achievement as a challenge. Their variations have included cherberryple (which replaces the pumpkin layer with blueberry pie) and pumpple cake (pumpkin and apple), "which has 1,800 calories in an $8 slice designed to serve four."
In related culinary portmanteau news, check out the Turbaconducken: a Turducken (turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken)... wrapped in bacon. Or see here for even more outrageous concoctions, like the TurDunkin' and Turbaconduckenriblets. Bon appétit!
Nancy Friedman is the chief wordworker at verbal-branding consultancy Wordworking, and the author of a fine blog on naming, branding and more called Fritinancy. Nancy has named a venture-capital firm, a laser hair-removal device, a mobile-money service, and many other companies and products. A former journalist, she still writes or ghostwrites articles, speeches, white papers, and books.Click here to read other articles by Nancy Friedman