So I have a friend who is a great aficionado of Carvel's "Fudgie the Whale" ice cream cakes. Upon his request this friend's wife is purchasing an F. Whale for his b-day soiree. Regrettably I will be unable to attend on the scheduled date. As these particular friends are very social and gracious hosts it just so happened that they were having a small gathering this very weekend. I decided to deliver a little whale shaped food product of my own to make up for missing the b-day festivities. Hence, "Meatloafy the Whale" was born.
I began with two baking pans full of my standard meatloaf mix. I used 4 lbs ground chuck, 1 loaf sandwich bread (crusts cut off, soaked in milk), 5 eggs, a hearty squirt of ketchup/mustard/bbq sauce, onion, garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and about a cup of store bought bread crumbs. I spread the meat into baking pans to about an inch and a half thickness and besmeared with ketchup and bbq sauce. Into the oven at 350 they went for an hour.
I made a couple "Fudgie the Whale" shaped cutouts out of some sturdy paper. I was quite impressed with my whale-cake shape sketching ability.
I cut around the edges of the cutout and removed the tasty meatloaf trimmings (for sammitches). I was left with two beautiful loaf-whales (I confess to giggling at my own food-wit like an idiot at this point).
I carefully flipped a whale half onto a sheet of greased aluminum. To simulate Carvel's trademark chocolate "crunchies" I used bacon bits (what else?) glued on with some of my homemade mustard bbq sauce.
I flipped the other half on top. I made sure the bottom was up so that I would have a flat surface to decorate. If you are wondering about the odd skin-like surface of the whale-loaf this is due to my anti-sticking measure of greasing the pan and coating with bread crumbs. You end up with a weird greasy bread layer but you usually have zero sticking.
Anyhow, I used mashed tatties as the frosting about the edges.
Next I piped on some mashed tattie florets.
Finally, I covered the top with some dark bbq sauce to simulate the "fudge" and then piped on a tater face. I crushed up some potato chips and pressed them into the sides to simulate the nuts on an F. Whale.
There you have it folks, "Meatloafy the Whale."
I think Meatloafy was a big hit. Everyone likes meat and whimsy and I think the idea of a meat-whale tickled the child-like fancies of many of those present at the gathering. I make pretty good meatloaf too so the loaf-whale was more then mere eye candy.
Here is Meatloafy the Whale after first blood was drawn from his blubbery midsection.
And here is the mighty meat-cetacean after my pack of shark-like friends had at him. Only Meatloafy's jaunty expression was left unscathed by the feeding frenzy.