The ugliest picture I will EVER post on this blog, I swear.
I'll just start out by saying that this is the most demented recipe I have ever attempted to veganize. You see, it started a few days ago when one of my favorite blogs Vegansaurus practically double-dog-dared us to veganize this crazy Thanksgiving cake. How could I not accept that challenge? Do you know how much I love Thanksgiving food? If you do, then you'll know that the prospect of having an entire Thanksgiving meal in one magical cake was so exciting that perhaps I wasn't thinking straight.
The other problem that I'm coming to terms with is the fact that recipes for layered dishes and me, we're just not friends. First there was the lasagna that was delicious but one smushy blob, and now here's this nightmare of a Thanksgiving cake that was supposed to have these nice neat layers but ended up looking like a BIG SMUSHY BLOB. I mean, it looks like you took all your Thanksgiving leftovers and smashed them into a heap, which in retrospect, is pretty much what I did.
It started out fairly promising. I stuck pretty close to this original recipe, except that for the turkey layers I used 2 lbs. of ground seitan instead of turkey, and vegan Parmesan.
Okay, this isn't so bad.
Then I added a layer of mashed potatoes. Creamy, buttery, vegan (duh) mashed potatoes.
Then a layer of whole-berry cranberry sauce. Yes, the kind from a can because this isn't my real Thanksgiving dinner.
This is where things started getting dicey. It's the layer of stuffing that refused to stack neatly on top. I used my standby Wild Mushroom & Spinach stuffing recipe, which I will post another day.
And then another layer of mashed potatoes.
And then another layer of the "meat" cake. In retrospect, I should have seen at this point that there were really no discernible layers. Clearly a disaster waiting to happen.
Then I "frosted" the cake with more mashed potatoes around the sides, and a layer of sweet potatoes and Sweet & Sara mini marshmallows on top. It went under the broiler for a couple minutes until the marshmallows were browned.
If it weren't for MoFo, and the requirement to post something every day, these photos would never EVER be made public! But lucky you, all month long, you will be subjected to all my cooking experiments, including, obviously, my cooking failures. I will say though that it wasn't entirely a failure because as ugly as it looks, it was actually really good! In fact, quite yummy! It tasted, as you would expect, pretty much exactly like Thanksgiving dinner. I thought this might be a nightmare for my husband, who hates when his food gets all "mixed up" (don't get me started on how I feel about that), but he very happily cleaned his plate too.
|Yeah, this doesn't really make it look any better.|
This looks tasty, right? So let's just forget that monstrosity above ever happened, mmmkay?