Pie Lady & Son’s Devil’s Food Cake for Two — with a Sweet Backstory


A delectable-sounding Devil’s Food Cake for Two that’s for sale at Pie Lady & Son in Nyack is a romantic little idea for a Valentine’s Day treat — and it’s even sweeter when you share the fun backstory with your sweetheart.

Sadie Mae Burns, left, a Nyack High School junior who works at the shop, came up with the idea for the cake, a Devil’s Food Chocolate two-layer little number with chocolate ganache and a heart-shaped cookie made of pie dough (ah ha!) and homemade candied cherries. It sells for $8.50 and there are about 20 of them left.

Deborah Tyler, who owns the Pie Lady & Son with her son, Will, at right, says that Will gave Sadie the chance to come up with a special Valentine’s Day treat about a month ago. She came back to the shop with these “beautiful little heart shaped cakes for two” that she made at home, Tyler says.

Then the fun started. Burns got the chance to turn her homemade recipe into a large-scale product. She and Tyler worked on multiplying the ingredients, making the cakes in large sheet pans and figuring out what it takes to make something on a industrial scale.

“The same thing happened to me,” says Tyler, who started out selling pies out of her kitchen door a decade ago, and got overwhelmed with orders once her business got some press. “This is exactly what I go through with the pies. Problem solving, and you’re under pressure, people know about it and they’re expecting it.”

“She’s a real trouper,” says Tyler. “Having fun with the idea and then going through the whole process of making it into a product and then all the excitement of all the people coming in and saying ‘Oh! I want one of Sadie Mae’s cakes!'”

And Tyler can understand why everyone’s clamoring for them. “Oh my God,” she said when I asked her how they taste. “It’s just this really rich — not overly sweet, but rich — and spongy Devil’s Food Cake. It’s plain on top, except for we finally settled on making a (topper) with pie dough — this being a pie shop — sprinkled with white sugar and homemade candied cherries.”

“My daughter and I were saying, it’s supposed to be a cake for two, and we could finish one all by ourselves! We’ve got something real special here.”

The Pie Lady & Son is at  366 N. Highland Ave/9W, Upper Nyack. 845-535-3290; www.pielady.com. The cakes look a little different than these photos, which were supplied by the Pie Lady’s web site. Our own Tania Savayan took the portrait of Deborah and Will.



About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. It took my family of four approximately 36 seconds to polish this off. Poor little cake never made it out of the box. It was yum!

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