A few weeks ago my Daddy asked me to make a cake for him to take to work. He's never asked me to do a cake for him... I was so excited!! I adore my Daddy and the truth is, my family rarely ask me to do cakes, so it was a treat!
In fact, other than cakes for my kids... I can only think of two or three that I've ever done for my immediate family (the Cowboy cake for Tucker was the most recent... then a Trojan Mascot (Teacher Appreciation) cake for my Mama to take to school last year... and... is that all? Maybe so!)
Anyway, Daddy didn't want just any cake... a coworker of his had found a picture of a cheeseburger cake from Food.com and he asked if I could do it. I said "Yes!!!"
I did make some changes... I used a butter cake (my doctored cake mix recipe below) for the buns and I used homemade vanilla & chocolate buttercream instead of canned frosting. Oh, and I used my homemade sugar cookies recipe for the "tomatoes".
I baked a level cake (the easy way!) for the bottom bun, but I didn't use that method for the top bun so it would dome and look more rounded. I still carved it a bit, but not much. After it was said and done, this was a really fun cake. It had lots of components, but still... my kids, my Daddy & his coworkers all loved it!
So, the layers were...
- Butter cake for the buns, two 9" cakes (covered in chocolate frosting... although I added less cocoa than the full recipe so it wouldn't be so dark). I carved a curved edge for the top one to mimic a rounded bun.
- Fruit slices candy for the lettuce (rolled thin with a rolling pin).
- Brownie (from a box) for the burger, also baked in a 9" round pan
- Vanilla buttercream (thinned with milk and orange added to get cheese color).
- Sugar cookies with melted red vanilla buttercream poured over them (and allowed to set)
For the butter cake, I used a mix (as usual - it's very similar to my vanilla cake recipe) and adapted it to make it denser and more durable for carving. This is also the recipe I use for tiered cakes when someone asks for butter cake.... it's delish!
photo courtesy of Michael Albritton (one of my Daddy's coworkers)
Did I miss anything? Any questions about this cake? Please leave them in the comments and I’m happy to answer & help!