Layered Tuna Cake (No Cooking Required)


I grew up constantly seeing my mom make this cake for birthday parties in Africa. There was always the sweet mickey mouse, barbie, barney or any cartoon character vanilla or chocolate cake and then there was always this savory food cake. It makes for a nice well rounded birthday party don't you think?

Everyone always goes for the cake, but how about the food before the cake. Not really many people think of that. This is where this layered Tuna cake comes in... It looks just like your regular cake, can be made into any shape you want and can be layered as high up as you'd like, can be filled with your choice of filling and can be decorated however you please... Just like a regular cake.

In the photo pictured above, I made this cake in a big rush and for a tiny get together so I didn't invest into  nicely decorating it or shaping to any specific design. But you can. To give it that ultimate cake look.

Here is how its done:

Ingredients
7 potatoes
1/4 cup milk
3 tbsp butter
5 big cans tuna (optional: canned salmon or even fresh chicken breast or salmon cooked and shredded)
mayonaise
2 loaves of sliced white bread
pinch: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder

Making it:
Cut off all the edges from your loaf of bread. Set aside.

Place tuna in a large bowl. Add mayonnaise to your liking and mix it all together until evenly coated, add in some salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder and mix it all well. Set aside.

Make mashed potatoes by peeling and cutting your potatoes into large chunks and throw them into a pot with boiling water. Let boil for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are easy to pierce with a knife. Drain out the water and mash your potatoes with a potato masher or with the back of a wooden spoon. Add in your milk, butter and a pinch of your seasonings and mix very well until nice and creamy.Set aside and allow to cool.

Take a tray where you will use to mount and serve your cake. put 1 layer of your bread on the tray, directly on top of the bread spread a layer of your tuna spread, then do another layer of bread, and another layer of tuna spread. Continue doing this as high up as you would like. Make sure to finish off the last layer with bread.

Once your layers are done. Take your mashed potatoes and frost the cake with it. Spread it evenly through the sides and top of the bread. Note: Make sure that your mashed potatoes are not too soft because if it is too soft it will slip right off the bread. It needs to have a good enough spreadable consistency.

Once that is done. Go ahead and decorate. Use your creativity. Here are a few ideas of how to decorate with tomatoes. Refrigerate it. Serve cold when you are ready : - ) Enjoy


From my kitchen to yours
God Bless




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