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Monday, April 2, 2012

Hamburger Cake: Dev's Birthday 2012

Today (April 3rd), I officially become the parent of a teenage boy!  It's been an awesome 13 years with a fair share of twists and turns, but I would never trade it for anything in the world. My son, Deven, was born 3 months premature.  Doctors and nurses weren't even sure if he'd make it, he was born not breathing, but was a tiny, 1lb 7oz, fighter!! He made it out of the hospital 2 weeks before they predicted, his size caught up by 6 months and his development caught up by 9 months.  He was reading at a 9th grade level in 1st grade.  Currently, he's in the gifted program in our school district and yet I can't even get him to DO his homework most of the time! LOL  My favorite thing about him is that he walks to the beat of his own drum and has a style all his own! 

Ok Ok - now on to the cake! 

A couple nights ago we scoured Pinterest looking for cute cupcakes. Obviously I wanted to do rainbow cupcakes but he said 'everyone at school does that!' So we came across the cutest hamburger cupcakes on Pinterest.  After getting all the ingredients at the store we come home to make cupcakes and I couldn't find my cupcake pans.  (I still think my sister has them but she swears she doesn't!) So after Deven went to bed thinking I'd stop and get store-bought cupcakes for tomorrow I made him a totally cool hamburger cake, with fries!!! 

At his school, there is a "birthday booth."  On your child's birthday he can invite 8 friends to sit with him at a special booth in the cafeteria.  Parents can bring stuff so the kids get a reprieve from cafeteria food and get to enjoy a little treat.  So tomorrow I will bring pizza (choice of cheese and pepperoni of course!), Capri Suns, full size Hershey bars for his friends and this totally cool hamburger cake!  I am so happy with how it turned out; I seriously cannot believe I am the one that made it.  It's totally something my bestie would make and I'd drool over, who knew I would be able to create this....

I used:
I box yellow cake mix
1 box brownie mix
1 squeeze pouch of Oreo frosting
1 yellow, 1 red, & 1 green squeeze pouch of frosting
Sesame seeds
1 box snickerdoodle cookie mix
1 sheet red gingham paper
Simple syrup (I made using equal parts sugar and water)
Pam Baking Spray
3 - 8" foil cake pans
Basting brush

I preheated my oven to 350 degrees and sprayed the foil pans generously with Pam Baking Spray (I'd never used it before but it worked really well!).  Next, I followed the directions for the cake mix and poured it into 2 of the foil pans. Then, I followed the directions for the brownie mix and poured a thin layer into the foil pan and used a small pan we had to contain the remainder of the brownie mix.  After baking, according to the box directions, I allowed them to cool completely...this took a little while.  

While they were cooling I made the "fries."  I mixed the cookie dough according to the package and formed them into long skinny cookies.  Next time I will make them a wee bit smaller because I didn't realize they'd plump like they did!  After the cakes and brownie are completely cool I set the gingham paper on the cake platter and inverted one of the cakes so the bottom was up. I squeezed half of the Oreo frosting in the center of the cake and place the brownie upside down on the lower cake. At this point I was amazed at how much the brownie looked like a hamburger patty! I squeezed the remaining Oreo frosting onto the center of the brownie until it reached about 2" from the edge. I smoothed the frosting so it would be even since it squeezes out a little thick.

Then I chose a spot on the edge to begin and, using the yellow squeeze pouch, I made a triangular shape pointing down off the brownie; this was my cheese.  I repeated that 2 more times and tried to space them evenly around the brownie. Next, I used the red pouch and created the tomatoes by making a half circle hanging off the side of the brownie. Finally, I used the green to form the lettuce.  Ultimately, I wanted the condiments to be distinguishable! After my condiments were in place I set the last cake on top and then squealed about how cute it was...I was happy at this point, or delirious because it was almost 1 a.m.. lol  I brushed the simple syrup on the top of the "bun" and then carefully sprinkled the sesame seeds.  To complete the cake I set the cookie/fries next to it and VOILA - a darn cute hamburger cake! (If I do say so myself!!!)

Now, it's super late/early and I just hope Deven LOVES his cake! Makes me sorta happy we couldn't do the cupcakes this time; although, I bet they'd have been super cute too!

Until next time, hope you get to...
Hidn' GScrap!

* UPDATE: The cake was a HUGE hit at his school today; all his friends LOVED it. Even kids walking by said something or stared. The burger and fries were devoured, and tasted good too (yes!) score for mom!


  1. Oh my goodness!!! How stinking cute is that!?!?! You did an amazing job and I know he will love it!

  2. Happy Birthday Deven! Amazing cake, what talent you have...and he {and his friends} will definitely love it! This is so the cool kind of way!
    Best of luck for a Great Day filled with celebration!

  3. Happy Birthday Deven! Awesome cake Susie!

  4. Fantastic job! I can so believe that YOU made that gorgeous cake! Happy Birthday, Deven! Great job, mom! What a lucky teenager he is! xoxo

  5. Thank you Ladies! When he woke up I showed it to him on my blog first and he said 'yeah that's what we saw on Pinterest, right?' I said no, that's what I made you. It took a few minutes for it to register and then he got a huge smile across his face. Then we raced into the kitchen to see it live and in person. He was very happy!!!!

  6. That is SO COOL! Seriously, wow.

  7. made that!!! That is totally awesome, great job! Oh & Happy Birthday to your son :D

  8. Great job - that cake is absolutely amazing. And how you described making it- I feel like I could make one.

    Now a teenager huh? Don't blink- next thing he'll be asking for is to borrow the car....

  9. Wow...that is an awesome cake! I bet it was the big hit! What a great mom you are...and thanks for sharing his story! What a miracle!

  10. Thank you so much for the cake love! Charlene (and everyone) you CAN make this cake!!! Trust me I am so not a baker/cook and I was so worried when I started it. That's why I was so so shocked when it turned out so stinkin' cute! I swear I was channeling my bestie on this one; this is right up her alley!

  11. What a cool cake!!! I can't believe how you made squeeze frosting look SO MUCH LIKE A TOMATO, CHEESE AND LETTUCE!!! I kept going back, thinking- surely that's fondant- or SOMETHING- lol but THE TOMATO HAS RIDGES AND THE LOOK OF A TOMATO!!!! You are amazing! I am sure he felt like the cool kid he is!

    I would've done anything to have had such a cool cake when I was a kid!


    1. Thank you Kory! I really appreciate the kind words. It is definitely a first for me, I am usually so much better with paper crafting rather than food! Thank you so much for commenting!!

  12. How cool! looks awesome! I wouldn't be able to bring myself to bite into it lol, its just amazing and so real looking!

    1. I'd say score more than 1 for mom!!!!! This is a hundred pointer for SURE! Amazing job!

    2. Thank you Thank you! I can sure use the 100 points, with a teenager they're hard to come by these days! And it was easy to bite into - it was delicious! LOL