Before I can post about this year’s (2012) ambitious Thanksgiving potluck dish, I realized I never posted about last year’s dish, the fabulous Thanksgiving layer cake.
Now, this wasn’t just any layer cake. It was a complete thanksgiving dinner shaped into a layer cake. And yes, I did document it along the way.
I stumbled across a blog post documenting this idea, and kept it in the back of my mind until the moment arose to actually undertake making one of my own. The occasion, a tri-campus thanksgiving potluck hosted at our house, also known as the plaid party. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of myself in my hideous plaid shirt, guess you’ll just have to imagine what that looked like.
In any case, here’s the process of the amazing thanksgiving layer cake.
Then I began covering the sides of the cake with mashed potato “frosting”.
Once the sides were covered, I put on a layer of mashed sweet potatoes on top.
Then I covered the top with marshmallows, and here’s where things got complicated. The recipe called for browning the marshmallows by putting them in the broiler for 1 minute. Having never used the broiler. I set it on high, and then left it in for more than a minute. You can probably guess what happened next. I opened the oven and found that the marshmallows had not only blackened, but were on fire. Now, I’ve burned things before, but I have never opened the oven to something in flames! I panic, and two of my “helpful” housemates just laugh, and rather than help, try to photograph the firey mess. Eventually, I pull myself together, blow out the flames, take off the burned marshmallow layer, and try again with fresh marshmallows and the broiler on low. One of my actually helpful housemates, sits with me as we watch it brown and pull it out before it burns. And Tada!
And here’s what it looks like inside:
As you can guess, it was a pretty popular dish. No leftovers of this one!