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Mystery Object #21: Frosted Turkey Cake

Sugary Curiosity

Sugary Curiosity

This Thanksgiving featured something that I just couldn’t resist adding to my online collection of mystery objects—a cake frosted to look like a roast turkey, complete with frosted lettuce and carrot garnish. (I took a photo of it next to a butter dish for effect.)

Why anyone would ever want a cake-shaped meat is beyond me, but its curious existence was a source of joy for folks assembled at our Thanksgiving table. Such a unique sugary creation harkens back to the earliest elite uses of sugar as sculptural art form, as described by Sidney Mintz in his classic book, Sweetness and Power. A point perhaps supported by the fact that this cake was purchased at Byerly’s, a local purveyor of groceries to the upper and upper-middle classes.

Happy Thanksgiving!


One thought on “Mystery Object #21: Frosted Turkey Cake

  1. Isn’t it actually a “meat shaped cake”?

    Posted by Justin | October 3, 2015, 8:36 am

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