This is a re-post from my personal blog, Containers and Compartments. This was for my son, S's second birthday. Instead of making a cake, I made a bunch of hamburgers and french fries, since he's such a fast food loving kid (not really). I got the idea from this post from Bakerella.
Okay, so we didn't forgo cake altogether! It's a brownie cupcake hamburger and sugar cookie french fries! So fun and so tasty (though I found the hamburger to be a little too sweet for my taste).
Duncan Hines yellow cake cupcakes, made a little on the short side. I got 35 cupcakes out of one mix.
Orangey-yellow marshmallow fondant... perfect processed cheese colour!
Tomato red marshmallow fondant for ripe red tomatoes.
Vanilla pudding... mayonnaise.
Brownies.... for the hamburger patties. To stretch my batter a bit, I added 1/2 cup of homemade applesauce instead of increasing the butter, and increased the dry ingredients by 1/3 except the sugar (I figured 3 cups was quite enough). Instead of cracking and falling like they usually do, they were even and fluffy, a little more cake-y, but tasty and beautiful looking.
The "cheese" rolled out and cut for hamburgers. I used a ruler (to make them square) and a pizza cutter and did my best to cut in straight lines. But it didn't matter that much.
The "tomatoes" rolled and cut. I used a biscuit cutter for these and the brownie "hamburgers."
All the ingredients ready for assembly. The bowl is full of the brownies. I squished each one of them before assembling. They were too tall otherwise. The squishing made them a little less perfectly round, which added to the authentic look.
"Ketchup" "Mustard" and Coconut "Lettuce"
Hamburgers and fries assembled for our friends at the Legislature Grounds.
Delicious! And totally fun!