Slideshow: A Look Back At Cakespy: Our Favorite Recipes And A Fond Farewell

Rainbow Layer Cake
Rainbow Layer Cake
"I love this cheerful rainbow cake—six layers stacked high. It would be so fun for a kid's birthday party."—Maggie Hoffman, Drinks Editor

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Thanksgiving Cake Made of Real Turkey! And Leftovers
Thanksgiving Cake Made of Real Turkey! And Leftovers
"I love Cakespy and all of the truly wacky, over-the-top, insanely brilliant stuff she does for us but (shh...) here's a little secret: I don't really like sweets. Oops. Cakespy, I'm sorry! Luckily, Jessie does occasionally pull out her savory guns and comes up with killer concepts like her Thanksgiving Cake Made of Real Turkey. Am I crazy for thinking that turkey meatloaf layered with stuffing and cranberry sauce, frosted with mashed potatoes, and topped with sweet potato and marshmallow sounds glorious? No crazier than the girl who created it, I suppose, which puts me in good company."—J Kenji Lopez-Alt, Chief Creative Officer

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The Pumpkin-Apple-Pecan Pie
The Pumpkin-Apple-Pecan Pie
"I will never forget the genius of Cakespy's Pumpkin-Apple-Pecan Pie—"the holy trinity of Thanksgiving pie." Why make just one when you could do all three?"—Carey Jones, Senior Managing Editor

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Chocolate Avocado Pie
Chocolate Avocado Pie
"I've had avocado ice cream, fried avocado, and bruleed avocado, but never avocado pie. Cakespy sounds like she's onto something here though. Since avocado is so creamy and buttery, it'd work well with in this sweet form with chocolate. Is there anything avocado can't do (or anything Cakespy can't turn into a pie)?"—Erin Zimmer, National Managing Editor

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Philadelphia Butter Cake
Philadelphia Butter Cake
"I love Cakespy with all my heart—perhaps 1,000 percent of my heart—so I'm ashamed to say I've never actually made any of her recipes. But now that she's leaving Serious Eats (SOB), I feel like I ought to make one of her recipes to honor her contributions to this site. My top pick would be her Philadelphia Butter Cake: "It's like an opportunity to savor the very soul of butter in a compact, sweet square of pleasure." Key words: "butter" and "soul." If this doesn't intrigue you, then I suggest taking a good long look at your life and figuring out where you went wrong."—Robyn Lee, AHT Editor

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Nanaimo Bars
Nanaimo Bars
"Has anyone done more for the Nanaimo Bar than Cakespy? She deserves a lifetime achievement award from the International Nanaimo Bar Federation (that exists, right?) for promoting this glorious Canadian treat. She's made seven, count 'em, seven versions. The chocolate cranberry version (pictured) is my favorite, but Brownie Nanaimo bars are a close second."—Carrie Vasios, Sweets Editor

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