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Gobbling Cake

November 28th, 2009 (01:00 am)
sleepy

current mood: sleepy

For Thanksgiving, I baked a cake shaped like a turkey. My Facebook friends have already seen this once, but I wanted to post it for my LiveJournal friends who aren't on FB.




This was made from two chocolate cakes, baked in 9-inch Pyrex bowls instead of cake pans (stainless-steel bowls supposedly work just as well) and a spice cake, baked in a loaf pan. After they cooled, I trimmed the flat edges of the two bowl cakes to make them flatter and then "glued" them together with vanilla buttercream frosting, to make kind of a globe. I held it so the icing seam was vertical, and I cut some cake off the bottom to make a flat base. The whole thing then got attached to a serving platter with a smear of icing.

Then I carved two drumstick shapes out of the spice cake and attached them to the sides of the chocolate turkey body. I cut some of the leftover spice cake into small cubes.

I frosted the whole cake with a thin base coat of chocolate frosting. Then I made some more frosting by combining the rest of the chocolate frosting with the rest of the vanilla buttercream. I added melted butterscotch chips for their color and ability to harden when cool. And I frosted the whole thing over with that.

I used the spice cake cubes for stuffing, and "glued" it on with icing. To make the stuffing more realistic, I needed some cubes that were lighter in color. I had some vanilla madeleine cookies on hand, so I cut a few into cubes and added them too. Then I sprinkled mint flakes and cinnamon on the stuffing, to look like seasonings, and some cinnamon on the rest of the cake. I arranged orange slices and dried cranberries on the tray with it. The crowning touch were some frilly white paper caps on the ends of the drumsticks.

Comments

Posted by: dragonet2 (dragonet2)
Posted at: November 28th, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
You win a prize

and a good one. There is a Web site called "CakeWrecks" and there are some really horrid cakes, including a turkey that looks like a poop-turkey. (Build a mound-shaped cake then over-pipe brown icing over it in a tubular fashion.... eeuw.)

Posted by: Tim W. Burke (timwb)
Posted at: November 28th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)

Ha!
I read the recipe, and I must have you to cater my next soiree.

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