Unusual Birthday Cake

Last month was our good friend, John's 35th birthday. John has quite an affinity for crustacean, especially shrimp. So when deciding what we could get him for the celebration, a crazy idea was born, influenced by his love of these yummy creatures.

We have a tin mold that once belonged to my husband's grandmother and used it as a base for our Shrimp "Cake". What follows is certainly a little gross. Trust me when I say that nobody wanted to eat it, but it was quite the crowd pleaser and in the end, the birthday boy really appreciated the effort we put into making it.


  • 2 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups Real Lemon Juice (photo by Randy Mayor)
  • 1 lb. cooked + peeled shrimp
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Vodka
  • Curly Parsley, for garnish

For Cocktail Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Gold's Horseradish


  1. COMBINE lemon juice and gelatin in small saucepan; stir and let stand 1 min. Cook on low heat 3 min. or until gelatin is completely dissolved, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 cup vodka. POUR into mold.
  2. CHILL inside fridge for about 2 hours. When slightly firm, add cooked shrimp into cavity of the mold. Place lemon slices on mold - these will float on top.
  3. REFRIGERATE at least 4 hours or until firm. Unmold onto serving plate.
  4. MIX ketchup and cocktail sauce and place into serving bowl.
  5. DECORATE plate with cocktail sauce, extra lemon slices and parsley 
I know, it's totally gross, but pretty funny the extend we're willing to go for friends. Hope you enjoy the silliness!
Happy Labor Day everyone :)
Posted on September 2, 2010 and filed under Behind the Scenes, DIY, Food + Drinks.