Meat Cake

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This cake is hiding a happy surprise: it's actually made of meat! Dig into this triple layer take on meatloaf.

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Meat cake? This has been in the back of my mind. Would it be possible to make a “cake” made of meat that actually looks like a real cake? I didn’t think it was possible at all, but this one (although very time-consuming) looks pretty realistic. A wonderful choice for a special occasion celebrating someone who following the Whole30 reset protocol, for example, or who simply prefers not to consume too much sugar.

It came out better than I thought it would, for sure. I baked triple layers of meatloaf, stacked them and frosted the outside with a combo of tomato paste and Japanese sweet potatoes.

Meat Cake - Fresh Planet Flavor

I finished off the meat cake’s decoration with rosettes of mashed potatoes. The visual result is very similar to a real cake. In fact, if I saw this meat cake uncut, I’d think it was dessert for sure!

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Meat Cake

PinShareTweet292 Shares Meat cake? This has been in the back of my mind. Would it be possible to make a “cake” made of meat that actually looks like a real cake? I didn’t think it was possible at all, but this one (although very time-consuming) looks pretty realistic. A wonderful choice for a special occasion celebrating someone who following the Whole30 reset protocol, for example, or who simply prefers not… Whole30 Meat Cake European
Serves: 12 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 lbs ground beef
  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup parsley, diced
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • Coconut oil to grease pans

Frosting

  • 2 lbs Japanese sweet potatoes
  • 3 6-oz cans tomato paste
  • 1/2 lb potatoes
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk, plus more as needed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease three 8″ spring-form pans with coconut oil and set aside.
  2. Mix the tomato paste, salt, dry mustard, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, fish sauce, apple cider vinegar and water in a small bowl until it’s a smooth sauce.
  3. Shred the onion, garlic and mushrooms in a food processor until finely diced.
  4. Combine ground meat, onion mixture, parsley, thyme, eggs and sauce together in large mixing bowl. Divide the mixture into the three spring-form pans, and bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes.
  5. Let cool 5-10 minutes, then release the spring-form pans. Trim any irregularities on the tops and sides of each layer until they are circular, level disks.
  6. To make the frosting, peel the sweet potatoes and potatoes and roughly chop. Place in a medium pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until soft when pierced with a fork. Drain, separate sweet potatoes (into a large mixing bowl) from the potatoes (into a medium mixing bowl) and roughly mash each.
  7. Stir the tomato paste into the sweet potatoes, then whip with a hand mixer. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue whipping until very smooth.
  8. To assemble the cake, cover the first meat layer with frosting. It’s not important to smooth the frosting at this stage, just ensure full coverage on the sides and top. Stack the second layer on top of the bottom one, and cover with frosting. Repeat the process with the last layer. Using a butter knife, smooth the frosting on the sides with a gentle upward sweeping motion. Clean the knife between strokes if you’re going for the uniform finish shown in this post’s photos. Smooth the top of the cake using a similar technique: gentle strokes across the surface.
  9. To make the rosettes, whip the coconut milk into the mashed potatoes (adding more coconut milk if needed to achieve a smooth consistency that’s still firm enough to form stiff peaks). Load the mashed potatoes into a pastry bag fitted with a rosette tip, and pipe rosettes around the top and base of the cake.

Notes

There are quite a few steps in this recipe (make the meatloaf, make the frosting, assemble the cake, add the rosettes) but the finished product looks amazing!

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24 comments

Mike February 23, 2014 - 1:40 am

Haha I’m probably not going to make this myself, I just had to say I think it is incredible that you took the time to make this “meat cake” look so beautiful. Well done!

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Fresh Planet Flavor February 23, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Thanks! I mostly made it to see if a meat cake could look like a real one.

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Paleo Police March 31, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Potatoes aren’t Paleo.

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Fresh Planet Flavor April 1, 2014 - 3:08 pm

😀

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Lynn August 10, 2014 - 12:33 am

Actually, it depends on who you are and how your body reacts to them. A white potato now and then is okay for some people. Try giving these a read:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/paleo-potatoes/

http://stupideasypaleo.com/2014/01/05/are-white-potatoes-paleo/

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/33235606879/pressure-cooker-crispy-potatoes

http://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-blog/are-potatoes-paleo/

They’re even allowed on Whole30 now: http://whole30.com/2014/07/new-whole30/

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GiGi Eats August 10, 2015 - 2:07 am

Wow this is nuts!! I would try this but man I would fail – I could never make a cake look THIS good! ha!

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Janine January 27, 2017 - 1:59 pm

Do you think mashed, whipped cauliflower would work instead of the potatoes? I’d be concerned about the water in the vegetable. Would you add an egg? Thanks for your anticipated reply!

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Fresh Planet Flavor January 28, 2017 - 12:41 am

Which potatoes? The white ones? I don’t think mashed cauliflower would pipe very well, no. Best to go with a different decoration entirely.

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Yvonne June 17, 2017 - 3:18 pm

This is so great to see! This reminds me of my childhood. My mom would make a meat cake for us. My brothers and I loved it. We would get so excited. It was such a special treat for us. Thank you sharing this recipe.

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Fresh Planet Flavor June 18, 2017 - 9:04 pm

No meat cake like mother’s meat cake! 🙂

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Aya October 4, 2019 - 4:19 pm

This is a great recipe! I made this cake for my husband’s birthday, he is following the paleo diet. He absolutely loved it! I skipped the tomato paste and used coconut oil instead, he didn’t eat the little potatoes decorations but he adored them! Thank you!

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Fresh Planet Flavor April 11, 2020 - 2:08 am

I am so glad it was a hit. Happy belated birthday to your husband!

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Ann-Sophie Vandeputte May 11, 2020 - 11:16 am

Hello,
I want to make this for my boyfriends 30th birthday.
I was just wondering what happens if you make this in advance and than heat it up again? Does the forsting stay the same?

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Fresh Planet Flavor May 11, 2020 - 6:09 pm

I haven’t reheated it, but I would suspect that it depends on how you intend to reheat it! In the oven? If so, I would assume frosting wouldn’t be impacted too much.

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