Birthday Cake...without Cake

Decorating By SS385Monte Updated 16 Feb 2009 , 1:01pm by LittleLinda

SS385Monte Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 3:23am
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Help! I'm supposed to do a birthday cake on Monday for a friend, but just found out that for the next week he is supposed to be on a pretty strict diet. Does anyone know of any ways to make something that would look like a cake, but be made out of only fruits or vegetables? Thanks!!!

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sayhellojana Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 3:28am
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Have you thought about a dessert like pavlova? You could make a circle of meringue (fat free!) and decorate that with a little RT and strawberries or something

step0nmi Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 3:30am
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why not make a styrofoam dummy cake? that way you get to make something pretty but have the much lighter dessert on the side?

Teekakes Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 3:30am
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A cousin of mine could not have cake one year so my Aunt, his mother, baked a meatloaf in the shape of a round cake then iced it with cream cheese and decorated it with various veggies. I remember she used a lot of red, green and yellow bell peppers for color.
She put candles on it and everyone sang happy birthday and had dinner for "cake". icon_smile.gif

SugarFrosted Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 3:43am
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Originally Posted by Teekakes

A cousin of mine could not have cake one year so my Aunt, his mother, baked a meatloaf in the shape of a round cake then iced it with cream cheese and decorated it with various veggies. I remember she used a lot of red, green and yellow bell peppers for color.
She put candles on it and everyone sang happy birthday and had dinner for "cake". icon_smile.gif




I can't imagine cream cheese as icing on meatloaf. I wonder how that tasted. Was it a little like the taste of sour cream, like in stroganoff?
Martha Stewart did a version of the meatloaf "cake" with piped mashed potatoes as icing, then decorated with green peas. It was actually kinda pretty.

You could make a jello mold with fruits inside and "ice" it with coolwhip and fruit. That would be very light, but festive.

Teekakes Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 4:03am
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I don't remember exactly what the taste of the cream cheese was with the meatloaf but I do remember how good it was. I do remember it disappeared quickly! She had mashed potatoes on the side and the sauce for the meatloaf was in a gravy ladle to be spooned over your slice of "cake". It was very pretty and tasty too. This was back in the 70's so my recollection is a bit shaded now. I just remember how good and pretty it was. We were all surprised to find out it was meatloaf!!! She did not tell anyone what it was before hand! icon_lol.gif

SS385Monte Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 1:38pm
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Thanks for all of the ideas! Now I just have to make up my mind....

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 12:35am
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i vote for the meatloaf iced with mashed potatoes. Have you considered Angel Food cake? isn't that supposed to me "better" for you than regular cake?

LittleLinda Posted 16 Feb 2009 , 1:01pm
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Another suggestion is to make flowers, etc out of fruit ... like those "edible arrangements".

Another suggestion is one of those towel cakes like people make for bridal showers. Then it's a cake and a gift!

I think it would be mean to make a dummy cake ... looks so tasty and can't be eaten!

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