We know you probably want to respond with “both,” but sometimes you have to make difficult choices — and this is one of those times.
Cake feels more celebratory, given its association with such joyous events as birthdays and weddings, whereas pie offers a bit more variety. Beyond the go-tos like pumpkin, apple, and lemon meringue, there are more regional specialties than most of us will ever get around to trying. Cake seems more suited to those with a sweet tooth, while the crust and different fillings can lend a savory tinge to pies. Are you hungry yet?