Let Them Eat Spaghetti and Meatballs Cake!

 

Spaghetti and Meatballs Cake, Spaghetti Cake

Spaghetti and Meatballs Cake

I will freely admit – none of what I did here was my own idea – I completely stole it from this creative person at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsyourdaycakes/53712846/

I was inspired to look for a ‘pasta’ cake based on a conversation with my Oh-so-Italian MIL.  Went something like this:

Me: “Mary – what kind of birthday cake would you like next weekend?”
Mary: “Oh, you know me, I’d rather eat pasta than cake anyday.  I don’t care what kind of cake.  Whatever you want to bring.”

I thought with two small nephews (2 and 4) that the spaghetti cake in the link above would be fun to make.  And it was – other than the bright idea to try real Italian Buttercream frosting (two time fail, a trip to the store for a new set of beaters and canned frosting just in case.  Oh, and white food coloring).

Frosting and broken beaters aside, it was very simple as I didn’t even bake the cake.  I opted for plain pound cake (our BJ’s bakery is fabulous) sliced into three layers.  I filled one layer with peach pie filling, the other with strawberry pie filling, and after placing in the family pasta dish and trimming the sides to make it a little more circular, I did a quick crumb coat with the buttercream frosting.  I did add a bit of yellow food coloring to the already yellowish buttercream frosting to get it closer to true pasta color.

 

Buttercream 'spaghetti' and Ferraro Rocher 'meatballs'

Buttercream ‘spaghetti’ and Ferraro Rocher ‘meatballs’

Next, I used a small plain round frosting tip and squirted out the ‘spaghetti’ – truly no artistic ability was needed for this.  Then, I placed the Ferraro Rocher chocolate truffles in the bowl, mostly around the sides but with some on top.   The sauce did have me worried – I wasn’t sure strawberry jam could possibly come out looking like tomato sauce, but about a 1/2 cup of jam with a few drops of white and orange food coloring really did the trick!  The strawberry pips and lumps actually looked like tomatoes and meat – it was really convincing!

The finishing touch is a bit of white chocolate shaved on the top to look like cheese.  In fact, the whole thing was so realistic that the nephews during dinner were asking for ‘ronies’ (what they call macaroni), and when dessert came did NOT want ‘ronies’ and opted for sherbet instead.

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