While pie may be the traditional dessert for Thanksgiving, there are certain folks among us that do not care for pie (ahem, all of my children & Uncle). Typically Nana volunteers to bring a yellow (or Funfetti if she's feeling cray) layer cake simply adorned with Better Crocker vanilla frosting and a few sprinkles. And all the cake eaters are perfectly happy.
This year however I asked Nana if she could please bring a selection of cheeses and crackers so that I could make the cake. It's hard to be creative with cheese and crackers (although I did try with last year's Turkey Cheese Ball...). A cake, on the other hand, presents endless opportunities.
My first stop for Thanksgiving cake inspiration was...Pinterest! Duh.
There I found these cake wrecks beauties and settled on the direction I wanted to take...
Yes, I decided on a turkey cake. And here's how it went down:
1. I baked an entire box of yellow cake mix in my 1 quart Pampered Chef glass bowl
2. I mixed up a chocolate cake mix and made cupcakes
3. Arrange said shapes into the shape of a turkey. Use whatever large platter you have, make it festive with paper doilies.
4. Frost the turkey body. Make it fancy with frosting dots.
5. Using powerful food coloring, tint your homemade buttercream into 3 separate colors for feathers.
6. Frost the yellow "feathers" (and by feathers I mean cupcakes)
7. Frost the orange feathers
8. Frost the red feathers
9. Retreat to craft room and cut out turkey head from cardstock. Cut out and glue on eye, 3-D beak, gobble, and Pilgrim-like hat.
10. Glitter the buckle of the Pilgrim hat.
11. Use frosting to adhere paper turkey head to cake turkey body
12. Take pictures! With evidence on Instagram, it's like it never happened!
13. Before allowing any part of the turkey cake to be eaten, insist that all guests view the turkey cake and are duly impressed.
14. Call it a masterpiece and allow it to be destroyed eaten!
Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving dessert!
P.S. We also had pie. And ice cream sundaes.