Thursday, December 15, 2016

George Michael Eats: Meaty Birthday Cake

George Michael turned 9 this year and I wanted to make him a treat because he's such a good boy. I wanted to make him an actual cake (instead of just little pupcakes) and I wanted the cake to be meaty and function as a meal instead of like a dessert. And because his birthday is in November (I'm sharing this about a month late) I decided to make him a turkey cake.

I love making him homemade treats because they're decadent but at the same time, I choose really healthy ingredients and try to make him something wholesome and nutritious.
Ingredients:
cake
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup milk
1 egg
1 cup grated carrot
1 lb. lean ground turkey

filling
1 banana, sliced
¼ cup natural peanut butter (no sugar added)

frosting
1 medium sweet potato
¼ cup cream cheese, room temperature

toppings
freeze-dried blueberries

Start by soaking the oats in milk for just a few minutes.
To the milk-soaked oats, add in the egg, grated carrot, and turkey and give it all a good stir until homogenous.
Divide the meat mixture evenly amongst three 4-inch pans and press it into the bottom. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the center reads 165F. Let the cakes cool to room temperature.
While the "cakes" are baking and then cooling, make the frosting. Peel a sweet potato and cut it into chunks. Pop the pieces into a pot, top off with water, and then bring to a boil on the hob. Boil until tender and then drain.
Mash the sweet potato or press through a ricer for a more even consistency, and then stir in the cream cheese.
And that's the frosting, done.
Grab the filling ingredients; slice the banana and stir up some peanut butter.
Use a serrated knife to level the cakes. I gave the scraps to GM as a pre-birthday cake treat.
Spread a little peanut butter on the first layer, top with bananas, and spread a little more peanut butter on top.
Top with the next layer and repeat the filling process.
Top with the third layer and frost the cake with the sweet potato frosting.
GM had the privilege of licking the spoon.
Top the cake with some decorations - I used freeze-dried blueberries - and it's ready to be served!
Happy birthday to you; happy birthday to you; happy birthday, George Michael; happy birthday to you!
Both GM and his cousin Coco enjoyed this cake immensely.
Happy birthday, my dear boy!
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