Nothing can quite take the place of a full sized roast turkey at the center of the Thanksgiving table, but I’ll give a close second to Nordicware’s 3D Turkey Cake Pan, which produces a beautiful turkey cake that stands almost as high as a real turkey will. The cake is baked in two halves, and when each half has cooled, they can be stood up side-by-side to give the look of a whole bird. The cake is designed with a large round base (made of cake – half under each side of the bird) to give the finished cake enough stability to stand on its own, though you will want to use a bit of frosting to stick the halves together firmly. The pan is very detailed, so you don’t need to frost the cake, although a bit of colored glaze to highlight its eyes, beak and some feathers would be a nice touch.
Alternatively, you could always take a regular sheet cake and do a little creative carving to make your own turkey cake. It won’t have the same table presence as a higher-rising cake, but it sure will be cute!