July 30, 2010

BURGERTIME! MINI LOOKALIKE CAKES TWO WAYS -- You Want Shortbread Fries with That?

Single serving, life-sized burger cakes

Chances are you've already seen and been charmed by the little cakes that look like cheeseburgers that have popped up online in profusion this year. These darling little lookalikes typically feature a cake "bun", a brownie "burger" and colored frosting.

So what's my angle?  My spin?  How about a shortcut to making the mini bites?  Save time without sacrificing taste! How about amping up the realism on the life-sized version while balancing the textures and flavors for a more "grown up" taste?  

The Mini "Burger Bites"

Let's start with the minis ~ the tiny "burger bites".  Most recipes I have seen use mini cupcakes.  I was looking for a way to eliminate this extra baking step (= less time and less dishes to wash), while adding flavor and a nice contrasting texture.  For the bun, I used classic "Nilla Wafer" cookies.  They're not as sweet as a cupcake, and the crunch is a nice contrast to the chewy brownie.  They're also easy to hold, and not as messy to work with as the cupcakes.  

The complete recipe & Tutorial can be downloaded and printed for free, HERE


 

I like to think of my version of the single-serving, trompe l'oeil (a French art term for something that tricks the eye ~ ah yes, I knew that Art History degree would come in handy some day) burger cake as a more grown-up version of the super-sweet kid classic. These cakes are the size of an actual cheeseburger and a feature a pound cake "bun", a fudgy brownie "burger", tinted coconut for "lettuce", and a cream cheese icing (the perfect balance of sweet and tart) for the ketchup & mustard.  The "fries" are a classic shortbread (and are absolutely to-die-for addictive).

As my nine-year old daughter likes to say, "It's so easy, a kid can do it!"  And here she is to show you how...

 

The complete recipe & Tutorial can be downloaded and printed for free, HERE
And here's the recipe for those delicious, buttery, shortbread fries:

25 comments:

  1. Well aren't you clever???!! I have seen the mini's before, but to make them with nilla wafers as the bun is so smart! They all look fabulous!

    ReplyDelete
  2. these are fabulous..i have been looking for something different for our family vacation bbq coming up in august and this might just be the thing...i love the nilla wafer instead of cupcake...so simple! you are a genius

    ReplyDelete
  3. You are the cutest thing ever. I am SOOOOO glad I found you on Blog Frog! Seriously.

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a great spin on it! I think I may need to try this out before the end of summer.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Those are so awesome! You are so crafty and I LOVE IT!! Thanks for the fun share!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Adorable! These would be great for our next cookout.

    Wouldn't it be fun to make dinner look like a dessert since the mini burgers look like dinner?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Those look delicious!! I love it! How creative!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [31 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

    ReplyDelete
  9. Such a great blog! Found you through SITS this morning, since you are this weeks Commenter of The Week!

    Happily following you now!

    http://addingtonmom.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. You had me at cake sculpter. I am stopping by from SITS for the Sunday Share-Fest and you were the commenter of the week (duh, you totally already knew this) but this is really amazing. Just think, in blog-land there are over 4.2 million comments left in a day. On a virtual page, one every 13 readers leave a comment and 1 every 100 unique visits follows...you have just captured the biggest, best, most amazing audience ever with yours!!!

    These cakes look amazing, and I am quite jealous. I can't wait to read more about your blog!!

    Danon
    www.insatiablehost.blogspot.com
    www.pantypyramid.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. I like your "Hot Biggety Blog" sash. Nice touch! The whole site reminds me of a charming store with something appealing to all the senses. Yes. I can smell those burgers . . . Happy SITS Sunday!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh yummy, how cute!

    Dropping by from SITS!

    ReplyDelete
  13. The only thing cuter than that mini-burger is your darling daughter!
    Awesome to meet you, and congratulations on being Commenter of the Week!

    ReplyDelete
  14. hey there...saw your shout out on SITS...way to go!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wooo-whooo for you, Ms.Commenter of the Week for SITS! Congrats...way to type and visit!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi, I came from sits. You are really are a great blogger!
    I am definitely going to try the burgers, although I doubt they will look as good as yours!
    Yummy! My kids will love them!
    I must become your newest follower!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Super adorable, love them!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow, these look great! I'll have to try my hand at 'em soon.

    Congrats on being commenter of the week!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Brilliant! Love the Nilla Wafer addition! =) We love love shortbread in this house too... I love that you added rice flour .. can't wait to try your recipe for shortbread ! =)
    Congrats on the Sits feature!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Congratulations on your SITS commenter of the week! Very exciting!

    and seriously? nilla wafers for "hamburger buns"?! Too die for!!

    xo

    ReplyDelete
  21. Super cute burgers! Going to have to make some with the kids. Congrats on being commenter of the week!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Love, love, love it! I've made the mini-burgers before, but never thought of the fries! How awesome-- thanks for sharing!

    Come see me, too. I'll pour you a cup of hot coffee! We'll talk! I'm good for a laugh or two!

    www.funnyisthenewyoung.com

    L.

    ReplyDelete
  23. These are sooo cute! I'll bet my boys would love them!

    ReplyDelete
  24. These are so cute (and just a tad bit icky when you think about it!) I love projects like this :)

    I'm having a 200th Follower link party. If you have a free moment, I'd love for you to post this project on my blog. Thanks!

    http://lambaround.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. You know I love these...but you know what I have never eaten one (not that I need more cake0...Joe did not share his cake walk "earnings." The fries are so cute!

    ReplyDelete

I enjoy hearing from you! Thank you so much for taking the time to be part of the creative and positive spirit here at Rook No. 17! xoxo Jenn

Pin It button on image hover