Buuuurp. Okay, seriously y'all, I have never been this excited about a MoFo post before. The only thing that comes close is when I did those hot dog roll ups because it was so funny!
Backstory: In late summer somebody on the PPK boards posted something about omni meatloaf cupcakes. Most people were disgusted. I was very intrigued. So I did some googling and ran across this OMNI meat cake (don't click if you have a problem with seeing meat). I liked the usage of cranberrrry, so I took that idea. After looking up meat cakes for way too long, I found a cute take on it that involved using mixed vegetables as sprinkles. Originally this was planned for next week, but this Vegansaurus post sparked a fire in me.
|"the itis" in cake form|
What you need for a 4 layer Thanksgiving "meat" cake:
Seitan-I used the seitan en croute recipe from 500 Vegan Recipes. Replace the parsley, paprika, and garlic powder with thyme, poultry seasoning, and onion powder. Drop the puff pastry and liquid smoke. I halved the dough and baked each half in a cake pan (with a smaller one on top to flatten) for 35 minutes. I probably didn't need to keep it in that long. EDIT: For gluten and/or soy free...use tofu, nut, or bean loaf. Just bake the recipe in a cake pan and make sure it firms up enough to flip it out of the pan.
Stuffin'-Divide it into two cake pans and turn out to cool before building the cake. I used my own recipe, which calls for sweet cornbread (adapted from Vcon). If you don't like it sweet then you'd want to half the sugar.
Instant Potatoes-Seriously get more than you think you'll need. I ran out, so the "frosting" isn't nearly as smooth as I'd like.
1 Sweet Potato-For one of the frosting layers. I mixed it with a little bit of instant potato for an orange layer. No sticky sweet marshmallow infected sweetie pots for me! Ha ha.
Mixed Vegetables-For sprinkles, just mix into the instant potatoes for 2 of the frosting layers.
Cranberry Sauce-I used the one in Vcon because it calls for agar, which was perfect for what I had in mind. I changed the recipe, using a mix of orange and apple juice. I also used brown sugar and added orange zest.
|the potatoes with mixed vegetable "sprinkles"|
|the cake before it's iced|
Assembly went as such:
2. Mixed vegetable frosting layer
4. Sweet potato frosting layer
6. Mixed vegetable frosting layer
After it was assembled, I popped it in the freezer while I got the last of my potatoes ready. It's much easier to frost this with warm potatoes. Also, use water on your knife/spatula for easier smoothing. For the top layer, I built a trench in the stuffing and poured warm cranberry sauce. Then I put potatoes in a piping bag to beautify it a bit. That last sentence makes me feel crazy.
This is the final result:
|I don't know if this looks delicious, but it really is!|
Well, everybody, I'm spent. I think there will probably be vlogs for the next few days while we make our way through this cake (and tons of salad to combat the starches). I'm in serious need of some nog and a nap.