Watch: The Root Staff Tries Patti LaBelle’s Cakes and Cobblers

Just in time for the holidays!

Trying Patti LaBelle’s cakes and cobblers
Trying Patti LaBelle’s cakes and cobblers The Root

Last year, Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pies went viral with the help of James Wright Chanel’s hilarious video. The pies, which are exclusively sold at Wal-Mart, flew off the shelves and launched Chanel as a viral sensation. LaBelle even has a cooking show premiering soon on the Cooking Channel, where she’ll show off those much-talked-about skills.

This year, Wal-Mart and LaBelle are serving up a few more dessert choices. Move over, sweet potato pies; there are now cobblers and cakes. And guess who got a chance to taste them? Well, not me, because I’m not eating cobblers or cakes that have been sitting in a store for God knows how long, but my co-workers did.

Now, you know your grandmother’s pies and cobblers always had a secret ingredient, and according to Danielle Belton, managing editor of The Root, it’s BUTTER! Seriously, I don’t even know how much butter I put into making a cake. Just say all of it.

And then there’s the flaky crust. If that crust ain’t flaking? Send it back. Sometimes I’d just prefer to eat the crust from a cobbler instead of the fruit.

But the biggest mistake that some people make when it comes to their cakes and cobblers: Too much sugar! If you can’t taste the fruit in your cobbler, you may have a sugar issue.

So what did the staff think of Patti’s Pies and Cakes? Well, P.J. Rickards, our video producer, wasn’t too pleased.

“It tastes like Pathmark [supermarket] cake,” Rickards said.

Take a look at the hilarious video below:


First collard greens and now cobblers. My co-workers love being guinea pigs!

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