Berserker Christmas Turkey Cake

Course: DinnerCuisine: CanadianDifficulty: Medium


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YES…I know this recipe appears to be insane and truthfully it is not an original idea. I have one myself for a meatloaf cake. I won’t lie, these meat cakes take time to pull together but, the reaction on your family and friend’s faces when they expect you to bring a turkey to the table…priceless. Cake is attributed to the Scandinavians and wouldn’t they be proud to know that there are a few of us food berserkers who have gone that one step further and created an entire meat based meal in the form of their beloved “kaka”. 


  • Turkey Layers
  • 3 lb ground turkey

  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs

  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley

  • 1 tbsp dried basil

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • Filling
  • 1 large sweet potato

  • 1 small turnip or rutabaga

  • 1 tsp brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1 cup of prepared cranberry (I prefer to make my own, recipe below)

  • 11/2 cups sausage stuffing

  • Mashed Potato Frosting
  • 5 large potatoes

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • salt to taste

  • pepper to taste

  • Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 package fresh cranberries washed (set aside about 10 whole cranberries)

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/4 water

  • Sausage Stuffing
  • 1/2 lb sausage meat

  • 1/2 cup bread broken into chunks

  • 1 small onion chopped

  • 1/2 tsp rosemary

  • 1/tsp thyme

  • 1/2 sage

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1 egg

  • Gravy
  • 1/2 lb turkey or chicken bones

  • 2 cups of chicken stock

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch or other thickener

  • 1/4 cup water

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Garnish
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

  • Garlic powder

  • Sea Salt

  • Fresh whole cranberries


  • Gravy
  • In a pot place turkey or chicken bones with stock and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for approx. 30 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat and remove bones. Strain liquid through a seive and return to pot.
  • Place pot on stove and bring stock to a rolling boil.
  • Reduce heat,
  • In a small bowl add 2 tbsp of cornstarch and about a 1/4 cup of water mix together well.
  • Add mixture to stock and stir to combine.
  • Bring liquid up to a boil to thicken.
  • Stir a few times during thickening process and remove from heat.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Turn heat down slightly and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  • Turkey Layers
  • Heat oven to 400 F.
  • Place ground turkey, vegetables, bread crumbs and spices to large bowl.
  • Mix gently with hands.
  • Add egg and mix again until combined.
  • Foil line 3 cake pans (9 inch round) making sure there is at least 1” overlap around the edges.
  • Place turkey into pans in equal proportions.
  • Pat down lightly to compress.
  • Bake in oven for 30 minutes. Turkey should have a nice golden brown surface.
  • Remove from oven and drain any liquid that may have accumulated during the cooking process.
  • Set aside and allow to cool thoroughly.
  • Once cool remove turkey cake layers by lifting foil from pan.
  • Filling
  • Peel and cube sweet potato and turnip.
  • Boil together in a large pot with a teaspoon of brown sugar until soft.
  • Remove from heat, drain and return to pot.
  • Add butter and mash vegetables until creamy.
  • Set aside.
  • Sausage Stuffing
  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • On stove top in a large skillet cook sausage meat until fat is rendered from meat.Meat should still be moist.
  • Remove from heat and drain fat.
  • Rinse sausage meat under hot water to remove excess fat and drain.
  • Place into large bowl and combine with bread cubes, spices and egg.
  • Place stuffing into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool.
  • Cranberry Layer
  • Wash cranberries, add to pot along with sugar and water.
  • Cook until all cranberries burst and liquid cooks down.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Mashed Potato Frosting
  • Wash, peel and dice potatoes.
  • Boil until tender.
  • Remove from heat and drain.
  • Return to pot, add butter, milk, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mash well, set aside.
  • Building The Meat Cake
  • Remove turkey cake layers from foil.
  • Place bottom layer onto large round plate or cake platter.
  • Spread 1/2 cranberry mixture across top of layer.
  • Add sweet potato/turnip filling and spread.
  • Place next cake layer on top and press lightly.
  • Spread another layer of 1/2 cranberry mixture then add stuffing to this layer.
  • Add last layer pressing into place lightly.
  • Once layers are assembled, remove any overflow between layers with a knife gently following edges.
  • Pressing to hard will cause edges to crumble.
  • While mashed potatoes are still warm spread 1/2 over entire cake as you would frosting.
  • Place remaining mashed potatoes into piping bag and with large nozzle decorate the top of cake with rosettes or stars depending on tip.
  • Sprinkle top of cake with cracked black pepper, salt and decorate with whole cranberries as you would cherries.
  • Slice, serve and ladle gravy over top.


  • This recipe was inspired by a meat cake I made for a client who wanted a masculine birthday cake for her husband who was a beef and bacon fan. To turn the Turkey Cake into a Meatloaf Cake swap out the ground turkey for ground beef, omit stuffing layer. Replace cranberry with BBQ sauce and the cranberries on top with crumbled bacon.

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