'Meat-Obsessed' Dad Makes Son's Birthday 'Cake' Out Of 5lbs Of Meat And Mash
A 'meat-obsessed' single dad has made his son an elaborate birthday 'cake' from three different cuts of steak - with mashed potato for 'icing'.
When his son Zander was about to turn nine, Jeff Janes was determined to create a unique celebration cake that the youngster wouldn't forget quickly.
Taking inspiration from his friend Rebecca Diane's annual meatloaf cake for her dog, restaurant manager Jeff decided to step it up a notch.
Using no less than five pounds of meat, the 39-year-old layered four-inch-thick fillet mignon on top of a 20oz ribeye steak with a prime rib base weighing in around 4lbs.
Jeff timed all of the meats differently so they would all be cooked to a 'perfect' medium-rare before adding a layer of mashed potato 'icing'.
After three hours of painstaking smoking and cooking, the dad-of-two finally topped his meaty masterpiece off with bacon 'roses'.
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After uploading pictures of the 'cake' to social media, Jeff's post has been shared more than 110,000 times, with some women being so impressed they asked him to marry them.
Jeff, from Clarksville, Tennessee, US, said: "It was nice to see over a dozen marriage proposals but I've got to say, I really want a woman who loved me for more than just a piece of meat.
"Zander hadn't asked for a steak cake but I had seen a video online and thought I could take on the challenge and even improve on the concept for his birthday.
"Zander loved it, as did my daughter Zoey and our other guests. I'll definitely be doing it again and next year I'll splurge and go with Wagyu beef.
"I had to start all three cuts at different times so they would come out exactly medium rare at the same time, along with the mash potatoes being done too."
He continued: "My kids are my inspiration for cooking. They are always so encouraging and kind and throw out the best compliments. After a 10-year marriage where my part in the kitchen was the occasional breakfast spread or cooking meat on a gas grill, I felt a little lost.
"I didn't even know where things were in the kitchen. I ate out a lot for a while but then decided to dabble in the kitchen and the first thing I made - a white chicken chilli - came out fantastic, so I decided to look up more recipes and then one thing led to another.
"It costs less to smoke for my friends and family and have regular get-togethers than it does to eat out, so there wasn't really an increase in food expense, and my little family and a lot of my friends get fed very well."
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