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potatoe cake, crab cake, risotto cake... seeking non-dessert cake!

Autumnwine | Feb 24, 200512:55 PM

My lactose-intolerant friend's birthday is coming up, but he selfishly decided to give up desserts for Lent! We are going to celebrate it with a dinner party anyway, and I am trying to sneak a "cake" in there as an appetizer or entree.

Idealy i would make something at least 8 in. in diameter and 2 in. tall to give it the appereance of a birthday cake. Layering two large risotto cakes or crab cakes with something inbetween (salsa for crab cake, mixed mushrooms for risotto) is my back up plan. Does anyone have some more creative idea? Like an appetizer cake with the texture of a tiramisu, using guacamole in lieu of mascarpone? or something with polenta? Or something completely outside the box!!

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