thanksgiving creativity 1

Today, as Thanksgiving* approaches, I accompanied a friend to a local grocery store. (She needed somebody to push the second cart and I needed something to do to avoid cleaning out the studio.  Also, she bought me a giant coffee.)  The experience was not without its charms in spite of the crowds.  I overheard several interesting new recipes and I had the privilege of seeing this cake.

turkey cake-blog

Yes, it is a half a round layer cake, turned onto its cut side and decorated/airbrushed to resemble a roasted turkey. It’s hard to see, but there is even a handful of bread cubes stuck into the frosting in the appropriate place to represent the stuffing.  Note that the colors in this photograph have not been altered.  The colors of grocery store bakery cake frosting are not only not found in nature, they are not found anywhere else either.

I go to a different store tomorrow to do my own Thanksgiving shopping.  What wonders will I find there?

*Thanksgiving, for our readers outside the US, is a national holiday, celebrated annually on a Thursday in late November, that represents a harvest festival.  (There is also a story involving early European settlers and indigenous people that doesn’t stand up particularly well to modern scholarship and social attitudes.)

This holiday is usually celebrated with a feast for friends and family, traditionally featuring a large roast turkey accompanied by a vast, bewildering and rather odd assortment of side dishes, some of which are only eaten once a year at this particular meal.  Rather strange, really, but we are so used to it we don’t think about it much.  Thanksgiving also marks the official beginning of the winter holiday shopping and party season. There are some of us who are festive pretty much full time until after the New Year.

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4 Responses to thanksgiving creativity 1

  1. Rick Santman says:

    There are some others of us who think that the post-New Years month of January needs some serious festivities too. to ease us through the worst of a Midwest winter. With nothing to look forward to until Groundhog Day, bottles of high end booze help pass the time and ease the January chills. A nice fatty nosh to fatten a person up with some welcome insulation against the cold deserves a place of honor on the trestle table too, I’m thinking.

    Whaddya think, Pam? Time for butter cookies?

  2. Pam Bliss says:

    The trouble with potential January holidays in the Midwest is the weather. I’m usually ready to take a break from the action and hide out under a snowbank until it’s time for the Auto Show in mid February. That said, if you want some butter cookies in January, you know where I live. Three day’s notice is required for best results.

  3. Sean K. says:

    Seeing this cake, I have to wonder if you are aware of the blog Cake Wrecks.
    Turkey cakes of this kind (and more horrible kinds, turkey or otherwise) abound on that site, along with all sorts of other questionable comestibles.

  4. Pam Bliss says:

    I love Cake Wrecks and have been reading it for years. This is the first cake I’ve ever seen “in the wild” that I thought belonged in the august company of the cakes on that blog.

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