Don’t let the name fool you! This isn’t a sweet ‘cake’ for dessert. Bologna Cake is a simple, savory Southern dish, popularly served as an appetizer or side dish at potlucks or family events. You may have heard of this unique meal in Sweet Home Alabama. Whether you’re curious or amused, you’ve got to give this bologna cake recipe a try.
If you’re looking for a simple appetizer or side dish to feed a large group, look no further. Bologna Cake is made with just 3 simple ingredients plus an optional cheese whiz for garnish. In less than 20 minutes, you’ll have a tasty appetizer and a conversation starter.
What is Bologna Cake / Boloney Cake?
This unique Southern dish is rumored to have started as a joke which ended up being tasty enough to be taken seriously. By simply layering slices of bologna with seasoned cream cheese, you’ll create a structure that looks quite a bit like a cake. Serve with crackers or toast.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Bologna: Use your preferred variety of bologna for this recipe. You can also substitute bologna for another cold-cut deli meat such as salami or ham. Most varieties of thicker sliced deli meat should work for this recipe.
- Cream Cheese: Make sure to soften your cream cheese before cooking.
- Onion Powder: Onion powder adds flavor to your cream cheese to make the finished product even tastier. You may also use garlic powder or Italian seasoning blend.
- Optional cheese whiz: For decorating.
How to Make Bologna Cake
- Mix together the room temperature cream cheese with onion powder.
2 Take one slice of bologna from the package and pat dry with paper towels.
3. Place it on a plate.
4. Then spread about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture between each layer. Repeat until you use up all the bologna slices.
5. Spread more cream cheese mixture onto the side of the bologna cake.
6. Decorate the cake with an optional cheese whiz.
- Make sure cream cheese is soft before mixing: You’ll need room temperature, soft cream cheese for this to work. Remember, cream cheese is like the icing on the bologna cake, so it needs to have a soft, smooth consistency in order to spread neatly.
- Pat dry bologna slices: Deli meat is often wet or damp when taken out of its packaging. For best results, use a paper towel to pat dry the slices.
- Use an offset spatula: An offset spatula is longer and narrower than a regular spatula. These baker’s spatulas are the ideal shape for neatly shaping the cream cheese on your cake.
What Does Bologna Cake Taste Like?
This simple dish is surprisingly tasty. Onion powder adds lots of flavor to the creamy and salty cream cheese, which is then paired with meaty bologna. It’s a tasty topper for crackers or toast.
How to Serve Bologna Cake?
It couldn’t be easier to enjoy this appetizer! Simply cut a thin slice, just as you would with a regular cake. Spread the cream cheese on crackers or toast, along with a piece of meat.
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Easy Bologna Cake Recipe
- 1 package bologna
- 12 oz cream cheese (1 and 1/2 packages, room temperature)
- 3 tablespoons onion powder
- optional cheese whiz for decorating
- In a large bowl, add room temperature cream cheese and onion powder.
- Mix them together using a spatula.
- Take one slice of bologna from the package and pat dry with paper towels. Then place it on a plate.
- Spread a layer of cream cheese mixture on top of the bologna using an offset spatula. (Use a cake decorating turntable or lazy Susan turntable if you have one.)
- Then spread about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture between each layer. Repeat until you use up all the bologna slices.
- Spread more cream cheese mixture onto the side of the bologna cake.
- If you want to decorate your bologna cake, you can cut the corner of a piping bag or zip-top bag. Then push a decorating nozzle right into the hole. Fill it with some cheese whiz, and push the cheese onto your cake. Serve and enjoy!
- Use room temperature, soft cream cheese for this recipe.
- Pat dry bologna slices before assembling.
- Use an offset spatula to spread the cream cheese mixture onto the cake.