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Cupcake hamburgers and sugar cookie fries

Is this cute, or what?!  A HUGE shout out to Bakerella as I originally saw this idea there!  I "pinned" the idea for Father's Day and just got around to it this weekend!  (For all of you DIYers out there, if you haven't joined Pinterest and are unfamiliar with "pinning", check.it.out.ASAP!)  I highly reccomend checking out Bakerella's version of this project.  There is a great tutorial with fantastic photos!

My version is a little different, as always!  I am not a huge fan of sweets--I prefer something salty!--so the idea of a a brownie, covered in frosting and smooshed in a cupcake was not at all appealing.  So, I decided to make my entire "hamburger" out of cake.  I used a mix to make both yellow cupcakes and chocolate cake.


I don't have pictures of the baking process of the sugar cookie fries, because it's pretty much trial and error, whatever works for you!  I will, however, share my most favorite sugar cookie recipe with you!  You need:

1 cup butter          2 tsp. baking powder           

1 tsp vanilla          1 large egg

1 cup sugar           3 cups flour

Preheat oven to 400.  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Mix baking powder and flour, and add one cup at a time.  If the dough is "sticky", slowly add more flour until the dough firms up.  Divide the dough into two balls.  On a floured surface (I just sanitize my counter top and put the flour right on the counter), roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out your cookies.  In this case, I took my pizza cutter and just made a bunch of "fries".  Bake the cookies on an ungreased cookies sheet for about 5-7 minutes.  Makes about 20 average size cookies, and about 100 fries!

After everything was done baking and properly cooled, I mixed my frosting and began assembling the hamburgers.  I put my frosting in a plastic baggie and snipped the corner because I was too lazy to clean out piping bags.

I used a round cutter to cut out hamburger patties.  Even though I baked the cake on a sheet pan, the cake was still quite thick, so I cut the patties in half to avoid a ridiculously tall and wobbly hamburger!

I cut the cupcakes in half, stacked a pattie on top, and then squeezed the ketchup, mustard, and lettuce, er...frosting on!

Then I smooshed the top bun on, and I sprinkled a few sesame seeds on top of each one.  I was not going to add the sesame seeds, but it really did make them look so much more like little hamburgers!

I made these for a social gathering for our homeowners association, and I really wanted to put them in little paper trays like Bakerella.  Unfortunately, I did not allow myself enough time to order any trays or make my own.  After two days of searching local diners and fast food restaraunts, I ended up using coffee filters.  It wasn't the ideal presentation, but it worked!

This was easy to create, but it was time consuming.  I baked my cupcakes and cake the night before the party to help spread out the baking.  The final product was definitely worth the effort, but I am warning you, if you think you whip these up in an hour, you can't!  I am not saying that to deter you, just to make sure you leave yourself enough time to make these great little treats!  Thanks again, Bakerella!

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