Bologna Cake


Savory twist on a cake

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This bologna cake is anything but sweet. It's a savory cake made up of layers of sliced bologna and a delightful, savory cream cheese frosting. Serve with crackers or a fork!

Is it a dessert or an appetizer? Bologna cake is a fun twist to a traditional sweet cake. It’s filled with layers of bologna and a garlic herb cheese filling. This meat cake makes the perfect birthday cake for a carnivore or serve it with your favorite low carb crackers at a party.

A multi-tiered meat cake topped with a herb cheese filling and frosting.

This appetizer is ideal when you only have a tub of lunch meat in your fridge, some cream cheese and a few pantry ingredients. Make a tower of alternating layers of bologna and cream cheese “frosting” and you’ll have your guests doing a double take when you bring this to your next gathering or potluck!

What is bologna cake?

Bologna cake is a savory dish that is popular in the United States, particularly in the South.  It is made by layering sliced bologna or other deli meats with cheese and other ingredients, much like a traditional layer cake. The layers are then assembled and decorated with a creamy spread, such as mayonnaise or cream cheese, and garnished with various toppings, such as olives, pickles, or fresh herbs. This unusual cake is often served at potlucks or parties and can be a fun and creative way to serve deli meats in a new and interesting way.

A hand holding a chip with a slice of bologna and cream cheese on it.

Key ingredients

A base recipe for baloney cake is just sliced deli meat and a creamy spread. Other flavors and garnishes can be added.

  • Bologna – Sliced bologna is typically used but you can make a ham or even salami cake using other types of sliced lunch meat.
  • Creamy Spread – Typically cream cheese is used, but a combination of cream cheese, mayonnaise or sour cream can be used.
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Bologna Cake Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced bologna
  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Bologna Cake Directions

  • Bologna Cake
  • A layered cake made of sliced bologna meat and cream cheese piped on top.

    Types of bologna

    • Oscar Mayer – The most popular brand of bologna and can be found at most grocery stores. Comes as turkey bologna if you are wanted a lower fat version. Does contain sugar.
    • US Wellness Meats – Carries a “clean” bologna that is made from grass-fed beef. It is sugar free, nitrate/nitrite free. Doesn’t contain additives, preservatives or gluten.
    • Hebrew National – Made from all beef and is sugar free, but does contain nitrates.
    A cake made out of bologna slices and cream cheese on a plate with sprigs of parsley around.

    Cake toppings

    To add extra flavor or crunch, consider these to add as a cake topper:

    • Crumbled bacon
    • Diced pickle
    • Cheese whiz
    • Chopped olives
    • Sliced tomatoes
    • Fresh herbs
    • Green onion
    • Chopped onion

    What to serve with bologna cake

    If you are on an all meat diet, like the carnivore diet, you can enjoy a slice of bologna cake for your birthday!

    Many will find this to be a unique appetizer to share with friends and family and bring this dish to a potluck or gathering. Serve it with your favorite crackers or chips. Cut the cake into slices and place a serving fork or spreading knife nearby so guests can easily pick up the bologna slices and spread the cream cheese on top of their cracker.

    Storage information

    This meat cake is a simple appetizer that can be made up ahead of time. The cream cheese “frosting” can be prepped a day ahead and you can assemble the cake the day of or just make the entire bologna cake the day before you want to serve it.

    Bologna cake needs to be refrigerated but can be left at room temperature for the duration of a party (1-2 hours). Store bologna cake in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

    For freezer storage, tightly wrap cake in plastic wrap and store in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 1 month. You will need at add a fresh layer of frosting on top or around the cake to make it look presentable.

    Bologna Cake: FAQS

    Where did the bologna cake originate?

    Bologna cake is rumored to have started in the South as a joke. It was mentioned in the movie Sweet Home Alabama.

    What kind of meat is bologna?

    Bologna is primarily made up of ground meat - mostly beef, but chicken, turkey and pork as well.

    My cream cheese frosting is too soft. What can I do?

    If you notice your cake starting to lean, your cream cheese frosting could be too soft. After your "frosting" is mixed, refrigerate it for 5 minute. You can also refrigerate your cake for 5-10 minutes to help set it.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Bologna Cake

    Servings: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 171
    Fat 15.8g
    Protein 4.5g
    Total Carbs 2g
    Net Carbs 2g

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    1 Comment

    1. I thought this was fun! My husband got a kick out of it and it was actually really good! The cheese frosting had so much flavor. We ate it with your almond flour crackers.

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