Cocktail Birthday Cake Recipe -
Cocktail Birthday Cake Recipe
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Cocktail Birthday Cake

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"Two types of bread, ham and salami are layered with a mustard butter and frosted with cream cheese, curry powder and almonds to create a fun, delicious "cake" that is cut up into little pieces and served cold. The curry powder may be omitted."

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Original recipe makes 24 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 hrs 20 mins

    5 hrs 20 mins


  1. In a small bowl, mix the butter and mustard.
  2. Remove crusts from the bread slices. On a small cookie sheet, arrange 4 rye slices to form a square. Spread slices with a layer of mustard butter. Top with 4 slices of boiled ham. Top the boiled ham with four slices of white bread arranged in a square. Spread with mustard butter. Top with 4 slices of cooked ham. Top the cooked ham with four slices of rye bread arranged in a square. Spread with mustard butter. Top with 4 slices of salami. Repeat until 8 alternating layers have been created. Trim overhanging meat.
  3. Place a small cookie sheet on top of the layers. Weigh down the cookie sheet with a bowl so as to lightly flatten the layers into a thinner, square cake. Continue flattening and refrigerate a minimum of 5 hours.
  4. Frost the chilled cake on all sides with cream cheese and curry powder. Decorate with almonds. Refrigerate until serving.
  5. To serve, cut into quarters, then six cubes per quarter resulting in 24 pieces.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 31, 2006

I made this for a friend whos' diabetic, but happens to LOVE ham sandwiches! It was fun to make- I used mustard to write "Happy Birthday". People were a bit wary of it at first, but it ended up being pretty well recieved. There was a bit too much of the butter- be sure to spread it as thinly as possible. And next time, I'll spice up the cream cheese a bit. Will keep this one!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2010

Sorry but I can only give this 3 stars. I really wanted to give it more but this was not a hit at all last night at my party. I had 11 adults here and only 3 said they liked it. The problem was the curry powder. I even used less than half the amount of curry the recipe called for. Curry is just one of those ingredients where just just never know who will like it and who wont. I would suggest if you make this to leave out the curry.


8 Ratings

Feb 09, 2011

The first time I made this I followed the directions to a "T". The second time, I modified it to reflect my family's taste and it was a huge hit. I added swiss cheese to the ham layer and provolone to the salami layer. Then, since we don't like curry, I mixed a 50/50 ration of goat cheese and cream cheese with a little garlic powder and onion flakes for the icing. It was awesome@!

Jun 13, 2006

This recipe was a hit at a party I hosted recently. No one had any idea it wasn't a real cake until we cut into it, and then my guests had a delicious surprise. I had several requests for this recipe.

Sep 21, 2012

I loved it!!! My guests where a little surprised to find the *cake* tasting savoury. It looked beautyful and people thought it was a lemon cake!!The only change I made was that I used crushed up Pringles to decorate it instead of almonds. When it was cut it looked real pretty too!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Dec 18, 2009

smoked and boiled (lighter colour of the two) ham, mini salami stuck in the boiled ham cones, layed on cucumber slices, together with halved trees cut out from cheese slices (xmas shape), salami hearts in parmesan, small butterflies (green – from cucumber and yellow – from cheese slices with a little help from my daughter´s art set cutter) flying above one cherry tomatoe – not quite, actually they are pinned down with toothpicks... spread slightly white sandwich bread slices with cream cheese mixed with grated different kinds of cheese for individual layers, with or without ham or salami, depending on taste of the cheese... (adding tough of dijon mustard or minced garlic according to your – or the honoree´s – taste) sides spread with “the spread”, decorated with grated cheese, adding a row of cherry tomatoes around would look good, he just came too soon... you can be sure – if your honey is carnivorous - you take the cake!

Feb 05, 2005

This recipe has been our family for years and it is still great. This is always a winner.

Oct 03, 2013

gross ... i was expecting so much ... wont be wasting time or ingredients on this again ... so mad


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  • Calories
  • 334 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.5 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 23.7 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 10.7 g
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 810 mg
  • 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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