Recipe by Ruby Toozday
Serve "dinner" for dessert!
Top Review by Farmer's Daughter
I've done a very similar cake but used the tube decorators icing for squeezed ketchup, mustard and mayo dripping out the sides. Also, a few sprinkled rice krispies make very convincing sesame seeds. Lastly, pound cake sliced like fries and lightly toasted make a great side of fries with "ketchup" squeezed on top.
- 1 (18 ounce) box white cake mix
- 3 egg whites (or as called for by your cake mix)
- 1⁄3 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
- 1 1⁄3 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
- 1 (18 ounce) box brownie mix
- 1⁄4 cup water (or as called for by your brownie mix)
- 1⁄2 cup oil (or as called for by your brownie mix)
- 2 eggs (or as called for by your brownie mix)
- 5 sugar cookies (4 inches wide)
- 1 (16 ounce) can vanilla frosting
- red food coloring
- yellow food coloring
- 10 spearmint candy leaves
- 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 (16 ounce) can milk chocolate frosting
- Heat oven to 350°F
- Grease 2 8-inch layer cake pan.
- Prepare the box of white cake mix and bake according to the recipe.
- Cool on wire racks.
- Invert cakes on rack after 15 minutes and let cool completely.
- Prepare the box of brownie mix, and bake as directed in the 8 inch layer cake pan.
- Cool for 15 minutes in pan, then invert and let cool completely.
- "Tomato Slices" Place plain cookies on a wire rack set over wax paper.
- Put about 1/2 cup vanilla frosting in a small saucepan.
- Stir over low heat until melted and smooth.
- Remove from heat and stir in red food coloring (and a bit of yellow if needed) until frosting is tomato colored.
- Brush or spoon on top and sides of cookies.
- Let stand at least 30 minutes until firm to the touch.
- "Cheese" Spoon another 1/2 cup of vanilla frosting into a small bowl.
- Stir in yellow food coloring (and a drop of red if needed) until cheese colored.
- Cover to prevent drying.
- "Lettuce" Sprinkle granulated sugar on a large sheet of wax paper.
- Working with 1 at a time, place spearmint leaves on the sugar and fold wax paper over, so the candy is sandwiched between the sugar and the wax paper.
- Roll with a rolling pin until flattened and edges are jagged.
- The candy will become very sticky, but the sugar should help it release from the wax paper.
- “Buns” Put remaining vanilla frosting in a medium sized bowl.
- Stir in milk chocolate frosting and red and yellow food coloring, little by little, until frosting is the color of a hamburger bun.
- Place one cake layer on a serving plate.
- If well-rounded, best to cut off the hump, then put it upside down for the flat top.
- Cover with frosting.
- Arrange spearmint leaf "lettuce" on top and around edges of the bottom "hamburger bun".
- Place brownie cake on top of the “lettuce” using spatulas.
- Spoon "cheese" about 1 inch from edge of top of burger, letting some run down the sides.
- Top with "tomato" slices.
- If needed, now is the time to insert toothpicks through the brownie layer (leaving at least ¼” above the tomato cookies) to keep the cake layers from sliding off!
- Take the cake layer that rose the most for the top “bun”.
- Place cake on wax paper and frost with remaining bun colored frosting.
- Lift onto tomato topped burger.