Cocoa Potato Cakes

I had some free time one day and decided to try out a recipe that had been lying around the house.

The cake batter (vanilla egg-white-based) is squeezed out in ovals on a cookie sheet and baked, then cooled. For each “potato”, two oval cakes are held together with raspberry jam, then wrapped in almond paste (finely ground almonds, powdered sugar, and water). After shaping the almond paste to look like a lumpy potato, each cake is rolled in cocoa powder. The potato “eyes” are made by poking little pieces of slivered blanched almonds into the paste.

I gave a couple of these cakes to my cousin for her eighteenth birthday, and I took a few to my class at college (a culinary class). Not only were my fellow culinary students impressed, but the chef instructor was too! I even got an immediate marriage proposal out of one of the guys! I plan to enter a few of these cakes in the county fair this year.

These cakes can take a lot of time and patience to make, especially if you’re one to “mess up” a few times before pulling through (like me), but the results are worth it!

32 thoughts on “Cocoa Potato Cakes”

  1. These are so unique! They really look like potatoes! They would be great for a farm theme party or something like that!

  2. I love coming to this site for ideas and just for fun…these potatoes have got to be the most unique/creative I’ve seen so far. Great job.

  3. All I can say is Wow! Nicely done.. I am gonna try this now. I just love it!! Thanx for entering this for us cake enthusiasts who are always searching for new ideas.

  4. My husband has some friends that are from Ireland, and they are always teasing back and forth. When we went to Idaho we brought them back an “Idaho Spud”. I think once I show this to my husband – this will be our next joke. Thank you for your inspiration!!!
    Shannon Corbin, Vancouver, WA

  5. Every year I make the kids a special ‘April Fools’ dinner…this is my next feat!! I have made pink & blue cupcakes that doubled as meatloaf w/mashed potatoes, tortilla pizzas which doubled as fruit rollups, jellies, & melted white chocolate, I have a great fish stick recipe that doubles as a wafer cookie rolled in peanut butter & cookie crumbs…now potatoes! I LOVE IT!!

  6. Did you use an angel food type batter? If possible, I would love to have the recipe you used to make these. I am not a very accomplished baker so I am not sure what kind of batter could be squeezed onto a cookie sheet. I would however like to try my hand at making these, they look remarkably like real potatoes!

  7. WOW!!!!!
    I would love to have this recipe for my friend’s 60th birthday in a few weeks! Thanks

  8. I would love to have this recipe for my dad’s 60th birthday! If you could send it to me I would greatly appreciate it!

  9. Hi,

    My best friend is a Potato farmer, its his birthday in 3 days and I would REALLY appreciate it if you could please send me the recipe and cooking instructions for your BRILLIANT potato looking cakes

    Thank you so much
    Yasmin
    (y_holmes@hotmail.co.uk)

  10. WOW those look incredible!! I would absolutely love it if you could send me the recipe!!!
    wilsonla_09[at]hotmail.com!!!!

  11. It’ amazing! Really pretty n nice! good job! I would absolutely love it if you could send me the recipe!!!
    michelewijaya1[at]rocketmail.com

    thx anyway :)

  12. Great work on making cake potatoes! :) And to the other people out there… use your own imagination!

  13. Please, please-I would love to have to recipe to make these amazing potato cakes for my co-workers at school. Won’t they be shocked to see that they really are cakes. Thanks a bunch!

  14. These are the coolest looking potatoes that I have ever seen. I would love to try making these for a family gathering. Is there anyway that I can get the recipe?

  15. This is the GREATEST idea of doing a Idaho potato. Please can you tell me step by step and the ingredients for the Cocoa Potato Cakes? I am interested in doing this for a Wedding shower for this weekend.

    Thanks so much

  16. ROh please can I have the recipe for the cake and the almond paste covering it! This is the most creative cake I have seen in years. My compliments to the chef!

  17. I cannot believe those are cakes……that is creativity to the max…I hope I can be that creative when I do my cakes….great job!

  18. Hey, y’all! All this time and so many compliments. Thank you! I never realized that I had any comments!

    Anyway, for those requesting a recipe, there is none! Just find a favorite eggwhite-based cake recipe and almond paste recipe (find a reliable *rated* one online) and follow the general directions above. Just jump in and give it a try! Be CREATIVE… you can figure it out!

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