Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fast Food Fun

Brownie Burger Cupcakes & Cookie Fries

Cupcake Buns + Brownie Burgers + Cookie Fries = One Happy Meal!

Or many…

Brownie Burger Cupcakes & Cookie Fries

I can hardly stand how cute these little guys are. You’ve probably seen them around before. I know I have. Cupcakes Take The Cake has featured cute ones. But, they are even cuter in person as I discovered this weekend. Oh my gawd… they just make me want to smile. I switched mine up a little by doing the burger out of brownies. But, you can just as easily make chocolate cupcakes and cut them in thirds to use instead. And if you want more realistic lettuce, tint some coconut (yuck) green.

I really decided to make these when I thought about making a meal out of them for Father’s Day, complete with sugar cookie french fries. I wasn’t sure if they would turn out, but I am so thrilled with the end result. Actually, I think the fries might be my favorite part.

Before I started baking, I made a template for a miniature paper box tray and french fry holder. You can download the 4-page pdf (636 KB) here if you want it. The pdf contains the tray template, french fry holder template (blank & with Happy Father’s Day). It also includes the design for the Happy Father’s Day tissue paper.

boxes

I printed the tray template on card stock (heavier weight paper), the french fry template on vellum (semi-transparent paper) and the tissue insert on tracing paper (really thin paper from Canson Art pad).

All three paper weights went through my printer fine – one sheet at a time to be safe. But, if you’re unsure about running the tracing paper through your printer, then just use regular plain white tissue paper.

Cut out the shapes as shown in the picture above with scissors or a sharp blade. Then fold along all the printed lines. Use double-sided tape to secure the flaps. Cut the tissue paper in half and place in the tray print side down.

Now, for the baking. Keeping with the fast food fun theme, I went all mixes on these. That’s right. I said mixes. For the cookies, brownies and the cupcakes. Don’t cringe.

You know I love learning to bake new things from scratch because it’s really empowering and satisfying and it usually tastes better, too. But, before a couple of years ago, I did all my baking from a box and really don’t have a problem using a mix. There, I said it. I feel better now.

Mixes

So, I picked up several kinds.

The brownies baked first in a 13 X 9 pan. You don’t need any help there.

The cookies came next. I wanted to do rolled sugar cookies and luckily Mrs. Crocker offered some tips on how to convert the mix for better results.

Instructions

Except I didn’t do the whole floured surface thing. I used parchment paper underneath and on top of the dough. Then I rolled it out with a rolling pin using rubber band spacers attached to ensure an even thickness. This is a really handy trick and so not messy. I got these tips from the book, Cookie Craft. If you want to learn more about rolled sugar cookies, it’s great.

Cookie Dough

See… perfectly even dough and a clean surface.

Here’s where I started experimenting, but it worked out pretty well.

French Fry Cookies

Cut the dough in thin strips with a sharp knife and then a long cut down the center. The varied lengths are fine because you don’t want all your french fries exactly the same size. Remove the alternating strips so it won’t bake into one giant blob. (Reserve dough strips and repeat) Sprinkle sugar on top of the dough. Bake for about 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

These spread more than I had hoped they would for rolled sugar cookies. I know. I know. The mix thing. But, no problem. Just take your knife and cut each “steak fry” down the center for “skinny fries.” Do this right when they come out of the oven. Sprinkle more sugar on top while they are still warm, too. Lightly rub it on to make sure it sticks good.

And voila……

Sugar Cookie French Fries

A big pile of fries. Yum! Try not to eat too many before you serve them. You can’t eat just one. Trust me.

Next up… cupcakes. I made these the next morning to spread out the work.

Boxes, brownies, and fries on one day. Cupcakes and decorating the next.

Rejects

I baked 24 cupcakes using a yellow cake mix. I also exchanged 1 cup of buttermilk instead of the water. It made them nice and yummy. To test, I greased and floured one 12-cup cupcake tray and used Pam on the second. I wanted my buns to have smooth sides, you know. Well, they came out smooth, but also brown.

You can see what’s coming.

Yes. Yes. I made 24 more cupcakes. This time I used milk instead of water. No reason. Just to try it.

Cupcake Burger Buns

They were good, too. And this time I used paper liners to ensure the right color cupcake bun.

Brownie Burgers

Now it’s time to assemble. Cut each cooled cupcake in half or thirds depending on how tall it is. Cut out 24 circles from the completely cooled brownies and place in between the cupcake bun.
I used my ever so handy graduated circle cutters to do the trick. Size 2″ for uniform burgers.

Then… and this might be the most important thing.

Take a break and dispose of the scraps……

Scraps

… You’ll figure something out.

Next up. Frostings.

Frosting

Divide the canned frosting in three bowls. Two can have equal amounts for the mustard and ketchup. The third – a little more for the lettuce. The colors I used to tint were, Wilton Leaf Green, Wilton Golden Yellow, and Americolor Super Red.

Frostings

Perty!

Frosting Condiments

To make the red a little deeper, use a tiny bit of violet when you mix. Place each color in a ziploc bag and snip a small tip off one corner.

Brownie Burger Cupcake

Gently squeeze out the mustard and ketchup first. Then the lettuce in more of a squiggly design. Place the top of the bun on and press gently.

Now for the finishing touch. Brush a very thin layer of water over the top of the bun or either dab a few drops of water on with your finger. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and they’ll stick.

There you have it.

Brownie Burger Cupcakes

Brownie Burger Cupcakes

Sugar Cookie French Fries

And Sugar Cookie French Fries.

Hamburger Brownie Burger Cupcakes & Cookie Fries

A perfectly sweet meal for Dad’s day or any day.

Brownie Burger Cupcakes & Cookie Fries

And, if you use this template, there’s a blank french fry holder in it. Use it and you can serve these for a family cookout or Fourth of July party.

Brownie Burger Cupcakes & Cookie Fries

People will go crazy for them, don’t you think.

Thick Brownie Burger Cupcake

Man, that’s one good looking burger. So thick … and…

Burger Bite

Tasty, too! Hope you like them.

Now, I’m curious. When it comes to mixes, how do you roll?
Use them? Refuse them? Or improve them?

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Destinie said...

Just curious about the brownies. Instead of cutting out the circles, could you just bake the brownies in the same sized cupcake/muffin pan you used for the cupcakes?

June 24, 2012 01:31 PM
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cupcakeseeeeeewtie said...

sooooooooooooooooooooo so so so so tasty i wanna eat every one in the whole universe

June 24, 2012 05:34 PM
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cupcakeseeeeeewtie said...

me again i cant help to stare i just wanna eat it all right now

June 24, 2012 05:39 PM
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Vicki said...

OMG I love these! They are seriously the most adorable things I have seen in a long while! I am totally obsessed with cupcakes after I’ve seen your website! I am so jealous of imagination!

July 21, 2012 12:59 PM
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Liz said...

SO ADORABLE ! I use both mixes and from scratch. A great tip I’ve picked up to help the dry mix cupcakes and cake have a firmer texture (especially for making large cakes and 3-D type designs:
simply add 1/4 cup all purpose flour to the mix and one extra egg. That’s it. Really makes it less crumbly. also i NEVER NEVER do tub icing, always home made. Classic Wilton Buttercream mostly. so easy and tastes SO much better. Real butter too, no margarine for me. that’s my 2 cents! love the burgers, definately going to try. I’ve done a large 8″ burger as you’ll see on my FB page. and a hot dog cake, check it out !

July 26, 2012 04:40 PM
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softballchic said...

i love scratch baking but a few times mixes are my hero when im doing complex deserts with many components or when im just being lazy and have a sweet tooth. ps, i think this recipe is so awsome and i cant wait to try it

August 2, 2012 06:20 PM
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Shannon said...

These are so cute! I have made them a number of times (for father’s day, friends birthdays, RSPCA cupcake day and just when I feel like baking). I even won a prize for them in the RSPCA most creative cupcake cook competition. I made little brown paper origami bags to put them in and made some sugar fries too. It’s a great idea for creative cooking. I am okay with using packet mixes sometimes. I used a packet mix for the making of these because otherwise I wouldn’t have finished them in the short time I had.

P.S. I love your blog!!!

August 3, 2012 03:37 AM
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Paola said...

I baked these today and they were amazing!!! Everyone loved them and super tasty too! I also prefer baking them from scratch but this time i made them like you did and replaced water for milk! Lovee thesee and i highly recommend them…my next challenge are the hi-hat cupcakes!

August 8, 2012 11:35 PM
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MeganMc said...

I made a birthday sheet if anyone is interested in a birthday template. I have the pdf. Just send me an email and I’ll forward to you.
mctriadconsulting@gmail.com
It was the hit of the party!

August 13, 2012 01:01 PM
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Joanie said...

I love you Bakerella!!! You’re so creative!! ? ? ?

August 14, 2012 11:11 AM
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Marmite and Brogues said...

Just finished making these. I made everything from scratch and I used a chocolate cupcake recipe instead of brownies. Next time, I’m definitely using mixes and brownies, it took forever and the chocolate cupcakes fall apart when you cut them out!

August 14, 2012 02:51 PM
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Molly said...

I LOVE baking. its like my number one thing i love to do. but, my mom doesn’t care for baking. even though, she went to a baking class. I love to do simple things this is something that’s fun and easy. Don’t let me forget VERY VERY CUTE!! Thanks

August 22, 2012 10:03 PM
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Ariel said...

Just made the hamburger cupcakes last night. Not only are they super cute but they are really delicious. Brownie and Cupcake together is a fabulous idea. They turned out great, and everyone who saw them just loved them, big hit.

August 24, 2012 07:22 AM
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Cheryl Burchett said...

Are you familiar with White Castle or Krystal’s hamburgers? I tweaked your tutorial to make a square slider version for a friend’s birthday! Thanks for the inspiration! http://lydiaburchett.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-making-of-mayor-burchett-krystal.html

August 24, 2012 03:14 PM
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john Applessed said...

i love your sweets bakerella!

August 25, 2012 02:06 PM
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Lindsey said...

I made these, and its awesome how easy it is to do! I couldn’t use mixes, because they were really expensive, but did it from scratch (except for the icing) They look so good. I think the hardest part was getting the green icing to look like lettuce leaves!

August 29, 2012 02:11 PM
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ole said...

it is so good!!! i will try!! http://www.ccchinachic.com here u can find ur like!!

August 31, 2012 10:39 PM
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Teri said...

I cannot wait to send these to my daughter class this week for her 7th Birthday. So much fun for those 2nd graders :) Thank you!!!!

September 8, 2012 01:34 PM
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Chelsea Butler said...

I saw this on Pinterest. These are so adorable. I am going to give this a try.

September 16, 2012 02:35 PM
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Haley Belle said...

Are these made with the mini cupcakes….or regular sized cupcakes?

September 17, 2012 11:53 PM
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Michelle said...

OMG! These are awesome!!!

September 18, 2012 01:03 PM
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Haley Belle said...

PLEASE HELP….trying to make these tomorrow and im not sure if they are mini cupcakes or regular sized cupcakes.

September 18, 2012 04:45 PM
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bakerella said...

Hi Haley – they are regular size cupcakes.

September 18, 2012 05:05 PM
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Haley Belle said...

Thank you so much!! :)

September 18, 2012 08:25 PM
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Natasha said...

Any chance you have a template with “Happy Birthday” instead of “Happy Father’s Day” to print on traceable paper? I’m planning on making these for my daughter’s 11th birthday. Thanks a bunch!

September 20, 2012 01:28 PM
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Keisha said...

Trying this out tomorrow hope they turn out as good as yours:)

September 29, 2012 05:29 AM
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Keisha said...

Can we also use fondant?

September 29, 2012 05:31 AM
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Natasha said...

HELP PLEASE… I wasn’t able to print on a tracing paper over the weekend, both our printers didn’t like that paper. Any suggestions?

October 1, 2012 12:14 PM
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Nicole said...

Just had to say thanks for the inspiration. I had my daughter’s 10th birthday at the weekend and got the girls doing a junk food themed cake decorating session. They loved it and it looked great – I even begged the fry packets from McDonalds. Photos on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheKidsKitchen
I love the site BTW, some gorgeous things though all, as my daughter would say, too cute to eat. So the cupcakes are currently languishing in my kitchen looking gorgeous but getting staler by the minute!!

October 15, 2012 06:08 PM
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OMG! CUPCAKES! said...

Thank you so much for posting these! They came along just the time I needed them- for a movie night/bake sale! Yaayyy!! These and some popcorn cupcakes will be top sellers!

October 20, 2012 06:17 PM
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Kim said...

Omg I made these for my 16 year old grand daughters 16th birthday and what a hit I have people asking me to make them again. Thank you for these thay were great

October 24, 2012 12:41 PM
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Tien said...

Pretty!

November 26, 2012 01:14 AM
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kassandra said...

looks real

December 15, 2012 05:38 PM
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Chris said...

These are awesome!!! The only thing I did to improve this was use coconut tossed with green food coloring for the lettuce instead of green icing. As far as icing goes the best and easiest icing recipe is 1 stick of butter, 1 package of powdered sugar, 1 package of cream cheese, and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. Enjoy!!!!!

December 19, 2012 12:07 PM
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katt said...

These are so cute my father would love these thank you for the idea for my father for fathers day thank you so much!!!.

December 19, 2012 05:31 PM
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Lucia said...

I made these as a gift for my fiancee on our first date. Didn’t go too bad, eh? Thanks, Bakerella!

January 8, 2013 10:34 PM
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Anonymous said...

I have made these for years with vanilla wafers and chocolate cookies in the middle for the hamburter. Kids would take them to school for their birthdays. A lot easier than baking but these cupcakes are really adorable.

January 12, 2013 10:54 PM
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Canbella said...

I found this recipe via pinterest. Thank you so much for a great idea and great tips on how to successully execute the decorations!
I made these for a work morning tea this week and they were very popular!

I have posted my version on my blog here -

http://canbella.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/omg-totallly-adorbs.html

January 19, 2013 12:19 AM
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Lantana said...

These look so cute! And yummy! ;)

January 30, 2013 06:58 PM
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Bree said...

Oh my cupcakes, these thinks are cute! I saw on a video that someone used a starbust that was stretched into a small, thin square shape to make the cheese! would be great for people who don’t like too much icing, like me! You can also use pound cake for the fries and use a chocolate cupcake slice for the patty part. I watched a video from the marth stewert show that tought you just how to make the cupcake burger but with pound cake fries! So good!

February 1, 2013 06:27 PM
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Teoakie said...

Bakerella Im glad you post that question. I have an associate degree in pastry and baking for the life of me. I love cake mixes. I love to doctorate mixes from the boxes because with cake mixes you pretty much have a guaranteed consistency verses from scratch you have to follow the recipe to the science. But people don’t want to pay for scratch cake they want the taste but don’t want to pay. But something you cant make from cake mixes such as pound cakes taste better from scratch

February 10, 2013 07:06 PM
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Anonymous said...

Would be cute with a ketchup cup with red frosting for dipping the fries

March 2, 2013 10:32 PM
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Manu We Are Party said...

Simply IN-CRE-DI-BLE.

:O

March 6, 2013 05:35 AM
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Melissa said...

So cute! im making these for my nieces birthday party! and i got ketchup cups from mcdonalds and im going to put red icing in them for the cookie fries!

March 14, 2013 10:44 PM
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bree said...

Hey, I Stand up for mixes! They taste AWESOME and their is no change! I use mixes for cake and brownies but usually I do go homemade on Cookies. But still, mix’s are awesome

brownies bu

March 21, 2013 10:17 PM
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Abdullah said...

I need chocate cake(circle) mix from Giant food store. thank you

April 8, 2013 08:31 PM
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carrie jacyszyn said...

for the burger toppings, i user mint leaves for lettuce and slices of kiwi for pickles and yellow fondant for cheese. they looked so realistic. they were so cute i just died! but for the print outs, i couldn’t edit them to say “happy birthday!” CAN you do that or am i just terribly mistaken?

May 3, 2013 11:28 PM
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Brynn said...

Oh my goodness! These look so realistic! I’m making them TONIGHT!

May 8, 2013 08:03 PM
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morgan said...

Made these yesterday they turned out awesome! thanks for posting

June 1, 2013 08:57 AM
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The Dating Divas said...

Love it! You were featured in our Father’s Day Round-up today!

http://www.thedatingdivas.com/you-me/show-him-the-love/60-fathers-day-ideas-free-printables/

Thanks for sharing your darling printable!

June 4, 2013 02:12 PM
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Katriel said...

I want to make these for my nephews birthday party! These are too cute!

June 4, 2013 02:32 PM
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Gabrielle said...

omg those are so cute, gonna make these for my friends birthday

June 8, 2013 04:50 AM
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Lydia said...

I don’t really like using mixes that much because I worry that they’ll use the wrong amount of everything! :-) I pretend that homemade are healthier, too.

June 9, 2013 03:34 AM
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Rebecca said...

What size cUpcakes do you use? Regulate or small it’s hard to tell in the pictures. The brownies are 2″ which is about 5 cm so for us it’s small.

June 11, 2013 10:37 AM
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kim said...

Maybe I missed it but if you use untinted frosting as mayonnaise between the bottom cupcake bun and the brownie “meat patty” it holds the whole burger together.

July 4, 2013 03:13 PM
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Liz said...

How do you get the cry tray and the fry holder??

July 9, 2013 02:27 AM
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Amy S. said...

My sister asked me to look up on here: cool design cupcakes, and this is what came up. It looks delicious!

August 19, 2013 07:33 PM
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Paula said...

does anyone know how? i can change the wording from the pdf ?? thanks :)

September 18, 2013 12:02 PM
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Lauren said...

These look rediculous!! They would definitely be the talk of any party. I will be trying these in a gluten free way. All I can say is WOW, just WOW!

October 3, 2013 07:31 AM
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zoie said...

these are very messy. they dont work.

October 8, 2013 11:37 AM
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zoie said...

these are very messy. they dont work. not at all.

October 8, 2013 11:37 AM
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zoie said...

never EVER make these EVEN

October 8, 2013 11:38 AM
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anananananananan2 said...

That is so cute , but what are exact recipes of the cipcakes or that other things?

October 16, 2013 09:41 AM
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Titus&HuntersMomma said...

As a busy mom I use cake mixes and tweak them to my liking. My husband has a GL. EN sensitivity so I’ve found Betty Crocker’s GLUTEN FREE CAKE MIXES AND BROWNIES to be delicious! (Note: must mix cake mixes for several minutes in order for them to turn out light and fluffy.)

ONE THING I NEVER DO: store bought premade frosting. I think it tastes horrible. I’m not a fan of buttercream or anything that tastes fake or processed so I either do Pamela’s (gluten free) vanilla or dark chocolate frosting mix(in a package…soo good) or throw together a quick cream cheese frosting

November 10, 2013 12:21 AM
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honey games said...

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November 10, 2013 06:27 AM
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katnis evergreen said...

May the odds be ever in your favor

November 10, 2013 06:29 AM
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katnis evergreen said...

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November 10, 2013 06:32 AM
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Mei Wah said...

Hi, I was just wondering if the temperatures are in Celcius or Fahrenheit.
Thanks

March 16, 2014 04:50 AM
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bec said...

that is a C-U-T-E idea! how do you think of these?

March 24, 2014 09:16 PM
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Anita said...

Hi, can you tell me what you used for the seeds on the bread?
Thanx, Anita

April 3, 2014 06:05 AM
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Anonomous said...

Was gonna ask a question, but had to laugh at Zoie, drink much????

May 24, 2014 12:28 AM
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Kimberly said...

Cooking from scratch is great when you want the item to be the main focus. Whenever I am going to be decorating though I like to use a boxed mix because its already so time consuming.

One trick I have found is to sift the dry mix through my flour sifter before adding it to the batter. It adds a few minutes to the process but I have gotten the most compliments on the boxed cupcakes I have sifted.

June 1, 2014 12:56 PM
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Liz Glynn said...

I loved this idea sooo much that I made them and posted a DIY and link up to you on my page! A HUGE thanks! So cute and fun!

Liz

http://www.mishapsandmesses.com/2014/06/diy-hamburger-cupcakes-and-sugar-cookie.html

June 18, 2014 04:25 PM
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Pamela said...

I’m a person who tries most of the time to bake from scratch but I also agree box cake mixes DEFINITELY have a place in ANY bakers/cook’s kitchen. A very DEAR woman I adored who has now passed away received her Home Economic Bachelor’s Degree from the same private woman’s college where I attended. Her younger son was also in my class at school for all 12 years so we knew her very well as I come from a small town. This woman made all of the special event cakes in our family from my parent’s wedding cake all the way through one of her very last, my graduation for my Master’s Degree. She ran all sorts of projects for the public schools, area migrant workers in our area back in the 60s and 70s and many other things. She is one of the very first women who told me that today’s boxed cake mixes are absolutely wonderful (I think to what they may have been like early on) and she had NO problem in using them for many purposes. I have always followed her lead. When I do a special event cake, wedding, shower, special birthday, etc., I always try to bake from scratch. I also love to try new recipes, especially those from other countries and cultures. HOWEVER, there are times, for example…..when I have to arrive at church at 9:45 am on a Sunday morning with at least 3 to 4 baked items for the coffee social time that I LOVE grabbing a box mix and adding to it. I have several cookbooks that are just for this purpose. They start with a box cake mix and add different ingredients and turn it into something wonderful. I especially like to do coffee cakes to take and the folks just LOVE IT that they’re still warm. In today’s fast paced, hectic world these box cake mixes DEFINITELY hold a place in anyone’s kitchen. Hey…..I’ve even seen professional chefs on television use them at times. No one is too good for them.

June 24, 2014 05:02 PM
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