My son dared me to make a Porcupine cake - and this is what I made.  He calls it the "Pockey-pine" because the quills are Japanese pockey (chocolate dipped sticks).  I love a challenge!

My son dared me to make a Porcupine cake - and this is what I made. He calls it the "Pockey-pine" because the quills are Japanese pockey (chocolate dipped sticks). I love a challenge!

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Andrea Weigl's grandma made a porcupine cake that is such a vivid taste memory for her father that she has tried to re-create the recipe as a gift to him for the past few years. Photo: Juli Leonard - The News & Observer

Andrea Weigl's grandma made a porcupine cake that is such a vivid taste memory for her father that she has tried to re-create the recipe as a gift to him for the past few years. Photo: Juli Leonard - The News & Observer

Bad and Ugly of Retro Food: Canadian Gut Bombs (Recipe Cards #10) Porcupine Cake! and the message is?

Bad and Ugly of Retro Food: Canadian Gut Bombs (Recipe Cards #10) Porcupine Cake! and the message is?

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Andrea Weigl's grandma made a porcupine cake that is such a vivid taste memory for her father that she has tried to re-create the recipe as a gift to him for the past few years. She made several tweaks to the recipe in her latest attempt including turning the almond slivers outward so that they form spikes. Photo: Juli Leonard - The News & Observer

Andrea Weigl's grandma made a porcupine cake that is such a vivid taste memory for her father that she has tried to re-create the recipe as a gift to him for the past few years. She made several tweaks to the recipe in her latest attempt including turning the almond slivers outward so that they form spikes. Photo: Juli Leonard - The News & Observer

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