When Diddy parties like it’s his birthday, he commissions a mammoth lattice top apple pie and serves it to Jay Z and Beyoncé.
If you saw the pics of Diddy’s swank party in Los Angeles last night, you know the pie was so big that it took at least two dashing models to carry it over to the birthday boy. We rang the chef who made it, Matthew Antoun of Modern Art Catering, to find out just how much butter went into that thing.
The Exact Request
Antoun got a call the day before the party requesting that he and his team “make a really large apple pie.” How large exactly? “They wanted it to be over 20 inches.” His only solution was, obviously, to counter with a 30-incher. Which is colossal. “I don’t think they realized what I meant until they saw it,” he jokes. “We just wanted to get that ‘wow’ factor.” Mission accomplished.
When Diddy was growing up, his mom used to make him apple pie for his birthday, not birthday cake.
What About That Cake, Cake, Cake?
When Diddy was growing up, his mom used to make him apple pie for his birthday, not birthday cake. (Though we’d bet his childhood pies couldn’t serve 250 guests with one pie, the way Antoun says his could.) Also, if you were wondering whether there was Ciroc, even though Diddy just launched apple-flavored Ciroc, Antoun swears there was no Ciroc in the actual pie.
By the Numbers
The pie was 30 inches in diameter. It required three full cases of apples (around 100 total), 30 pounds of flour, and almost 20 pounds of butter.
Stores don’t exactly sell 30-inch pie molds so a mechanic on staff custom-built a metal pan to house it. All together, it took eight people working about eight hours. Three of those people were tasked with carrying (and not destroying!) the pie to the party. They baked the base, the top crust, and the inside separately and then assembled. Good thing Antoun has a facility that supports an old-school oven so large you can fit 30 sheet pans in at once, because 30 inches would not have fit in an average convection oven. Even though some of the bakers had to come in from their days off, the team loved it. Because, Diddy.
Only one last question unresolved: Was there ice cream? There better have been ice cream.