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a meatloaf that looks like a cake... help please :)

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I have a friend having a birthday who doesn't really eat desserts because he gets too hyper from the sugar (I don't understand it either)... Anyway, he's more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy -- so I was thinking of making a round meatloaf showered in white cheeses to look like a cake (iced in vanilla).

Any thoughts on how to make this worthwhile? What kind of cheese to use? Good meatloaf recipes?

Or if you think this is a ridiculous, horrible idea, please feel free to say so and/or suggest something completely different. I trust you, chowhounds.

Thanks in advance!

(P.S. Last week's advice was excellent -- my lemony creamy raspberry cake was very well received!)

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  1. No great advice, except to say I think it's a good idea. You could "ice" it with mashed potatoes, instead of cheese. I once had a recipe that involved a can of cranberries on the bottom of a meatloaf (cooked in a loaf pan) which makes me think that you could make two round layers, and put something red in between (cranberries or something with tomatoes) and then ice it with cheese or potatoes (cheese would make it too rich for me, but that could easily just be me, I don't like melted cheese on lots of things that other people adore it on). Okay, probably overboard, a layer cake meatloaf. Still, I say, go for it. (Now I am fantasizing about carrots carved to look like florets instead of marzipan flowers... and I haven't even been drinking.)

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    1. re: Anne H

      I think that is a good idea about the mashed potatos. It will look much more frosting-like than melted cheese, which gets so shiny and flat. You could also "ice" Happy Birthday on the meatloaf with ketchup, or a barbeque sauce mixture.

    2. He will have a very Happy Birthday indeed if you serve him the MEATLOAF BIRTHDAY CAKE.

      Make your favorite meatloaf recipe and bake in a pyrex pie plate. 1/2 hour before it is done, "frost" with mashed potatoes. It is especially pretty piped out of a bag with an icing tube. Dust with cheese. Turn up the heat the last few minutes to brown the icing peaks. Place a ring of cherry tomatoes on top with a birthday candle in each one. My Mom used to make this for special birthdays.

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      1. re: Fleur

        Or get some soft garlic cheese to melt in the mashed potatos.

      2. Sounds like a great idea!

        Martha Stewart just did this tonight on the Late Show with David Letterman.

        Can't provide any hints though, by the time I switched over she was "frosting" it with mashed potatoes.

        It looked like a two layer meatloaf baked in round cake pans, with mashed potato frosting, and she used peas and carrot bits to decorate the cake.

        And in true Martha fashion, she even broke out the pastry bag and tips to pip extra potatoes around the edges.

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        1. re: SizzlingJoe

          Weirdly, I was just looking at Martha's website trying to think of something to cook this weekend, and there was the single most repulsive thing I've ever seen on her website.

          But you know, horses for courses, and it certainly appears to fill the bill

          Link: http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jht...

        2. Agree it's a cute idea and mashed potatoes are the way to go for "frosting". Here's a link to a thread with some great-sounding meatloaf recipes.

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          1. My kids love having this for their birthday. I make meatloaf in a round springform pan, frost with mashed potatoes, write happy birthday [kid's name] with ketchup and put tall carrot sticks around the "cake" for candles.