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Paleo meat cake?

Ever since I saw this “Paleo birthday cake“, a Paleo meat cake recipe has been in the back of my mind. Would it be possible to make a Paleo meat cake that actually looks like a real cake? I didn’t think it was possible at all until I made my Tricolor Paleo Shepherd’s Pie and used cake frosting tips to pipe mashed potatoes as decoration. It came out better than I thought it would, and I used the same technique to frost this Paleo meat cake!

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I baked triple layers of meatloaf, stacked them and frosted the outside with a combo of tomato paste and Japanese sweet potatoes. I finished off the meat cake’s decoration with rosettes of mashed potatoes. The visual result is very similar to a real cake. In fact, if I saw this Paleo meat cake uncut, I’d think it was dessert for sure!

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Paleo Meat Cake
Serves 12
This Paleo "cake" is hiding a happy surprise: it's actually made of meat! Dig into this triple layer take on meatloaf.
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr
Cake
  1. 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 tsp dry mustard
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  7. 1 tsp fish sauce
  8. 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  9. 1/3 cup water
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 4 lbs ground beef
  12. 2 lbs ground pork
  13. 1 lb mushrooms
  14. 1 onion
  15. 3 cloves garlic
  16. 1/3 cup parsley, diced
  17. 2 tsp fresh thyme
  18. Coconut oil to grease pans
Frosting
  1. 2 lbs Japanese sweet potatoes
  2. 3 6 oz. cans tomato paste
  3. 1/2 lb white potatoes
  4. 3+ tbsp coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease three 8" spring-form pans with coconut oil and set aside.
  2. Mix the tomato paste, salt, dry mustard, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, fish sauce, apple cider vinegar and water in a small bowl until it's a smooth sauce.
  3. Shred the onion, garlic and mushrooms in a food processor until finely diced.
  4. Combine ground meat, onion mixture, parsley, thyme, eggs and sauce together in large mixing bowl.
  5. Divide the mixture into the three spring-form pans, and bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes.
  6. Let cool 5-10 minutes, then release the spring-form pans. Trim any irregularities on the tops and sides of each layer until they are circular, level disks.
  7. To make the frosting, peel the sweet potatoes and potatoes and roughly chop. Place in a medium pot and add enough water to cover.
  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until soft when pierced with a fork. Drain, separate sweet potatoes (into a large mixing bowl) from the potatoes (into a medium mixing bowl) and roughly mash each.
  9. Stir the tomato paste into the sweet potatoes, then whip with a hand mixer. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue whipping until very smooth.
  10. To assemble the cake, cover the first meat layer with frosting. It's not important to smooth the frosting at this stage, just ensure full coverage on the sides and top.
  11. Stack the second layer on top of the bottom one, and cover with frosting. Repeat the process with the last layer.
  12. Using a butter knife, smooth the frosting on the sides with a gentle upward sweeping motion. Clean the knife between strokes if you're going for the uniform finish shown in this post's photos.
  13. Smooth the top of the cake using a similar technique: gentle strokes across the diameter.
  14. To make the rosettes, whip the coconut milk into the mashed potatoes (adding more coconut milk if needed to achieve a smooth consistency that's still firm enough to form stiff peaks).
  15. Load the mashed potatoes into a pastry bag fitted with a rosette tip, and pipe rosettes around the top and base of the cake.
Notes
  1. There are quite a few steps in this recipe (make the meatloaf, make the frosting, assemble the cake, add the rosettes) but the finished product looks like the proverbial million bucks.
Adapted from Eating for Idiots' Homestyle Meatloaf
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9 Comments

  1. Haha I’m probably not going to make this myself, I just had to say I think it is incredible that you took the time to make this “meat cake” look so beautiful. Well done!

  2. Potatoes aren’t Paleo.

  3. […] 8. Paleo Meat Cake An ordinary cake will blow away your carb count, but this cake is made with meat, which is low in carbs. This not only looks pretty, but is far preferable than a boring old meatloaf or meaty casserole. It is “frosted” with a mixture of sweet potatoes and tomatoes so it’s like you’re getting a three tiered meatloaf in cake form. It’s important to take the time to make your food look good, as it is well known that presentation plays a part in how you perceive the taste of your meal. Essentially this is a meatloaf at the core, but when you add a bit of novelty to it it will simply taste better. While this might not make you popular if you sub a birthday cake for it, it’s a fun way to upgrade the middle of the week. […]

  4. […] 8. Paleo Meat Cake An ordinary cake will blow away your carb count, but this cake is made with meat, which is low in carbs. This not only looks pretty, but is far preferable than a boring old meatloaf or meaty casserole. It is “frosted” with a mixture of sweet potatoes and tomatoes so it’s like you’re getting a three tiered meatloaf in cake form. It’s important to take the time to make your food look good, as it is well known that presentation plays a part in how you perceive the taste of your meal. Essentially this is a meatloaf at the core, but when you add a bit of novelty to it it will simply taste better. While this might not make you popular if you sub a birthday cake for it, it’s a fun way to upgrade the middle of the week. […]

  5. […] 8. Paleo Meat Cake An ordinary cake will blow away your carb count, but this cake is made with meat, which is low in carbs. This not only looks pretty, but is far preferable than a boring old meatloaf or meaty casserole. It is “frosted” with a mixture of sweet potatoes and tomatoes so it’s like you’re getting a three tiered meatloaf in cake form. It’s important to take the time to make your food look good, as it is well known that presentation plays a part in how you perceive the taste of your meal. Essentially this is a meatloaf at the core, but when you add a bit of novelty to it it will simply taste better. While this might not make you popular if you sub a birthday cake for it, it’s a fun way to upgrade the middle of the week. […]

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