Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bologna Cake, a fun appetizer

I saw this on Foodgawker last week, made a mental note that it would be fun to make and bring to a potluck, when luck would have it, I got an invite to dinner last night, so I made it.   This has to be one of the most fun dishes I've ever made.

As I was carrying it in, I got comments on the 'cute' little cake I had in my hand, and when I said what it was, there was stunned disbelief.    But it tickled everyone's funny bone, and the next thing I knew people were cutting into and eating it, and laughing at the whimsical 'cake'.    I had so much fun with the comments and the fun people had eating it.    Following are the pictures I took of it, but first here's the link to the original post.

Bologna Cake

Cast of Characters

First couple of layers

Using my offset spatula (Christmas present used for first time)

Ready to go to the party

Sliced and ready to be eaten
I'll say it again, this has to be one of the most fun appetizers I've ever made, to make and to eat.

Bologna Cake

Oscar Mayer Bologna, 12 oz package
1 1/2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese
1/2 package of dry Ranch dressing
1 8oz can Aerosol Cheese, Sharp Cheddar
Cilantro Leaves for decorating.
Buttery Crackers for putting it on.   (All I had on hand was Flipsides Pretzel Crackers, they worked)

I used the whole package of ranch dressing to 2 packages of cream cheese (what you don't use on the cake is great on crackers the next day.)
Just spread the cream cheese, about a tablespoon or so, on each layer of bologna and continue till you've used up the whole package. I think it is important here to have the bologna in as uniform slices as possible, it makes for a very nice presentation.    Then 'frost' the cake with more of the cream cheese and decorate with the aerosol cheese, (it comes with a handy star tip).    I had some cilantro from a recipe for Chile Arbol Hot Sauce (recipe will be posted soon), and so I used some of that to finish off the cake. 

A guest at the party suggested using some pesto as part of the decorations, another thought some green chopped olives would complement it.   I think this is just one of those things you can have fun with.     And thanks again to Las Vegas Food Adventures for posting this.

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