Surprise your family this Thanksgiving by serving a roasted turkey for dessert. Bake up some fun for the holiday by making a realistic-looking Turkey Cake that is filled with cake cube stuffing and candy.
This cake looks so real that your Thanksgiving dinner guests just might think it's the main course.
But, I guarantee that everyone will be thrilled to know it will be the sweet ending to their meal.
You can surprise everyone again when you cut into the cake to reveal candy hiding inside. It will be so much fun!
This cake does require some time to create but it's easier than you would imagine. Check out the step-by-step tutorial below.
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You'll start by baking three 9x13-inch yellow cakes. Once the cakes are baked and cooled, level them if the tops are domed. Keep any scraps of cake to make the cake cube stuffing.
Cut the shape of a roasted turkey out of a cardboard cake board. Then set it over a cake and cut it out around it. Do the same with all three of your sheet cakes. Reserve all the scraps of cake!
Freeze the cakes for at least 3 hours. This will help keep the cakes from cracking while you stack and carve them.
Set the turkey-shaped cake board on the counter and place one cake on top. Use vanilla frosting to frost around the edge of this cake.
Then, cut a hole in the middle of a second cake and place it on top of the bottom cake.
Fill the hole with candy. I used candy corn. Then, add a layer of frosting around the edge of the cake. Do not get the frosting on the candy.
Top with the third cake. Then, carve the cakes into the body of the turkey.
Use a spoon to scoop out a hole in the pointed end of the cake so you have room to place the stuffing.
Frost the cake with light brown frosting. I added a thin layer to crumb coat the cake, allowed that to dry for 30 minutes, then added a second layer.
Let the frosting dry for at least 30 minutes before adding the other parts of the cake.
Cut out enough ½-inch cubes from the cake scraps to fill about ⅔ of a baking sheet. Place the cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in a 350-degree oven for 12-14 minutes until golden brown and nicely toasted.
Crumble the remaining cake scraps into a bowl and add small spoonfuls of frosting, stirring after each addition, just until the cake ball dough holds together.
Break off small pieces of the cake ball dough and roll them into jagged pieces to resemble sausage. Roll them in cocoa powder.
Set the turkey cake on a platter or in a roasting pan. Sculpt two turkey legs and two wings out of the remaining cake ball dough. Attach them to the cake.
Frost the legs and wings and allow the frosting to dry.
This step is optional but it will make your turkey cake look super realistic.
Once the frosting has dried enough that you can touch it without sticking, press a paper towel that is imprinted with dots, all over the cake. Press just firmly enough to make the impressions then lift off the paper towel.
Spray orange, red, and black color mist over the surface of the cake to give it a more realistic appearance. You can also air brush the cake if you prefer.
You can adorn your cake platter with veggies made out of fondant or homemade modeling chocolate.
Add your cake cubes and sausage to the cavity in the front of the turkey cake. Then sprinkle the remaining cake stuffing in front of the cake.
Your cake is not ready to carve and serve.
You can find the actual recipe to make this cake over at Tablespoon.com.
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