The challenge with Thanksgiving is that you have to eat dessert even if you don't have room. And when you add a piece of cake and a few cookies into your stomach, the whole Thanksgiving meal can go south in a hurry.
The Thanksgiving Turkey Cake, featured on Chow, is a sweet and savory layer cake that takes carving out of the equation and moves you straight past the Thanksgiving meal into dessert. Forget a one-pot meal, this is a cake pan, two-course dinner.
The Thanksgiving Turkey Cake is essentially a dessert play on the classic Thanksgiving sandwich. There are alternating layers of sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry and sweet potatoes. The cake is made from round turkey patties and the frosting is sweet and mashed potatoes. The top is a mound of mini marshmallows.
It's all the trimmings of Thanksgiving dinner, just in round cake form. Although in this case, the gravy is considered optional. That said, I'm not sure I want every Thanksgiving flavor in every bite. Sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows are the sweet break from the serious business of shoving stuffing, turkey and mashed potatoes in my face. Cranberry sauce is always a tart afterthought that changes the complexion of every fourth bite.
Still the Thanksgiving Turkey Cake is intriguing if only because it's another way to get Thanksgiving into our daily lives. And if you really still need dessert, you could always opt for the Pumpple cake -- all 1,800 calories per slice.
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