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!
This durable hamburger cake is fun to make and fun to eat.
- 1 Butter Cake Mix (I prefer Pillsbury Golden Butter Recipe)
- 1 box (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup real butter, softened
- 3 large eggs
- 8 oz. sour cream
- Thoroughly mix all ingredients together.
- Bake at 325° for about 30-35 minutes (longer, depending on pan size), until the cake springs back when touched. Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then turn out on a cooling rack.
*I love to add 1 cup of mini chocolate chips to this recipe for a chocolate chip cake! It’s SO delicious!!
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