A cake if I want to, a cake if I want to... I just love Leslie Gore. "It's My Party" has such sad lyrics. It's about a girl (presumably Leslie?) at her own party, and she's awaiting her boyfriend Johnny to show up, and then Johnny shows up with some new hussie named Judy and Judy's wearing his RING. What a JERK. But, did you know there's a sequel to the song called "Judy's Turn To Cry", about how Johnny finally comes back to Leslie? If I were Leslie I would dump stupid Johnny and find someone who respected ladies!
Okay... so yes, it was my birthday yesterday!! And what better way to spend my day than to BAKE, BAKE BAKE! Hee hee! My fave thing is to listen to the wonderful This American Life podcast and do my baking thang.
So, for probably one year now I've been loving the hamburger cake, so much so that it inspired an entire birthday party theme: the Trompe L'oeil birthday party potluck, complete with prizes for the top four entries. So I decided... I will attempt to make the elusive and visually alluring hamburger cake! Well, not so elusive. A quick google will bring up many wonderful examples of this little guy.
For your viewing pleasure, I present the "making of" the hamburger cake... !
diagrams are often helpful to draw! so i started out with making a full recipe for vanilla coconut cake for the "buns" and a half recipe for dark chocolate cake for the "patty." i used 9 inch circular pans, letting everything cool of course before assembly!
my piping bags filled with three different colors of buttercream-- with different tips, one leaf tip for the lettuce, one small circle tip for the mustard and one big circle tip for the tomatoes/ketchup!
i plopped my patty on top of the first ganache layer, then did the same "dam" idea with the red ketchup/tomato icing.
next up: "accoutrements" -- mustard squigglies, "lettuce" piped on and more ketchup!! at this point i was giddy with excitement!
plop the top vanilla coconut layer on top, add some white non-pareil candy bits for sesame seeds... add a little party flag... and you have... HAMBURGER CAKE!!!
The burger cake was a real hit, and I was so happy it worked out with the ganache filling! Yummy happy burger birthday to me!