Savoury Birthday Cake

Recently, I made a beautiful savoury birthday cake for a friend, if I may say so myself…

I was elected to bake for her by some of our Maj Jong team mates and as our birthday girl does not like sweet cakes I decided to search for a savoury birthday cake recipe. It had to be something very special as this birthday girl, although she doesn’t eat them, bakes the most delicious cakes and her birthday cakes are to die for.

To be honest I was a little relieved when I got the idea of a savoury birthday cake because I have long since given up baking…none of my family want or need the extra weight so what we don’t see we don’t put in our mouths, simple as that. I  would also have been so nervous that a ‘normal birthday cake’ would have flopped, I just knew it would.

So I googled savoury birthday cakes and I could not believe the range my search brought up. It’s amazing what you can do with bread, vegetables and fruit. However, it’s very fiddly and you need lots of time to devote to the project, furthermore, your friend needs to be very special for this time consuming effort.

One great thing was that the recipe suggested it should rest in the fridge overnight before icing and decorating…phew. Getting the crusts off 2 very fresh cobs is no easy task, and then slicing it into layers without turning it back into dough was sooo stressful, slight exaggeration there.

But when the birthday girl is such a perfectionist, well, you’re up against it aren’t you?  The filling was the easiest bit but to say it was ugly at that stage of the project was to put it mildly, it looked like a monstrosity with all the jagged edges of bread sticking out.

I trimmed it as best I could, to make it look round, no easy job, covered it with greaseproof paper (no plastic containers) and put it in the fridge…sat down, put my feet up and had a gin and tonic, because it was evening time by then and I felt I deserved it.

Next morning, and this was truly the best and most enjoyable part, I pasted the sour cream all over the cake, icing does not have to be fancy and perfect these days, decorated the top and sides, and couldn’t believe the finished result.

I had made this savoury birthday cake all by myself!

Our friend, the birthday girl was amazed and delighted and ate a good chunk of it as did the others in our group. I can’t see myself doing this again in the near future, well maybe, my daughter’s birthday is coming up this month…I might even start taking orders!  Here’s a slice, it’s quite healthy and nearly a meal in itself

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