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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Nice Boots said...

I am a proud mix user. I also am a pround owner of the Cake Mix Doctor cookbook. Also, I'll add color to my mixes, like a white mix, and tint sections red, another blue. When you layer it in a cake pan or cupcake tin it comes out red, white and blue!!

June 14, 2009 01:38 PM
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Demingglobal said...

i have twins. i definately use mixes. but i really like the idea of improving them – it makes me feel more….scratchy! :) This is the cutest thing! EEEEK! PLEASE MAKE SOMETHING FOR FOURTH OF JULY! My twins celebrate their first bday July 2nd! I need some ideas Bakerella!

June 14, 2009 01:40 PM
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Anonymous said...

Well, these look good

BUT

our or my senses are so used to the idea of a salty, fat and warm food when I think of burgers and fries. Why should I eat them like this?

June 14, 2009 01:41 PM
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Meg said...

I'll use cake mixes because they have ingredients in them that make the cake stay fresh much longer than a scratch cake would. Even Alton Brown says this. But scratch icing is much better. You control the sugar, so your teeth don't hurt.

These are really cute!

June 14, 2009 01:47 PM
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Kayla said...

I think I just totally changed my Father's Day sweet plans!

I totally <3 mixes, there's something to be sad about being able to quickly whip something up. And it's still thoughtful because you still had to take the time to make them.

And that sugar cookie mix is the best and I've never made a brownie from scratch that's better than the mix type.

June 14, 2009 01:54 PM
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mary'smom said...

These are so cute! Great job!

June 14, 2009 01:57 PM
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elizabeth said...

Absolutely adorable!! I am completey, once again – blown away by your ideas. I almost never share them with the kids though – or they would ask me to make such creations! LOL! I have nothing against cake mixes – with such cake stylin's – who would have time to do both things!?

If you want more *hagel* – let me know! I'll bring some home for you from Europe (the nederlands) – well, okay only a box or two! ;-)

June 14, 2009 02:06 PM
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Spicy said...

I am incredibly lazy, and messy. Not only does using a mix make my life ten times easier, but it makes my mother happy because it's not so damn messy.

Of course, when I make Red Velvet cakes I can't use a mix. Because there aren't any around here! D:

You'd think with Red Velvet cakes being popular in both America's hat (Canada) and America's diaper (the South) that the spot in between (NEW YORK… and the rest of New England) would also have it.

June 14, 2009 02:07 PM
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Mara said...

I love the feeling you get when you know you made it from scratch. But when you get a last minute I need 50 cupcakes for school. Thank Goodness for mix. I like to improve them though. Since I was a little girl never really did what the box said. It works for me though, because when I tell people that dont like box it is box they are surprised lol.

June 14, 2009 02:08 PM
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acp said...

I don't know what to say. Those are completely darling. And I have no problems with box mixes either – they definitely have their uses!

June 14, 2009 02:08 PM
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The Adventure of Linds and Lyds! said...

Those are adorable. I did something similar for my daughter's 50's sock hop. Instead of cookie fries mine were Rice Krispie treats sliced and then dipped in yellow white chocolate.

Also for cute effect you can buy mini-ketchup and mini-mustard jars at the Deli at WM and empty/wash them and refill them with yellow/red thinned icing. The kids are our party loved the dippable icing.

June 14, 2009 02:08 PM
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Na said...

I've been a lurker here for a while, but I have to say those burgers are the coolest thing I've ever seen. If I had one here, I'd be eating it right now!

June 14, 2009 02:09 PM
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sweetdacey said...

I just sent my hubby to the dollar store for a cookie mix (as my grams turns like a pig on a spit in her grave); I have the other mixes on hand always since "meeting" your blog. Sorry to say, I'm a from scratch kind of girl because that's how my Grams was…everything I learned came from her (and she barely measured anything!).

June 14, 2009 02:11 PM
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Heather said...

CUTEST. THING. EVER.

You've seriously outdone yourself, lady!

June 14, 2009 02:13 PM
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Shan said...

I scratch bake and I use mixes. When I do use a mix I usually doctor it up. These are totally adorable. I will definitely be making them for our next barbecue.

June 14, 2009 02:14 PM
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Lianne said...

How in the world do you keep coming up with these cute ideas??? You never cease to amaze me!!!
I love these, and will have to try them for our pool party coming soon…
As for mix vs. scratch, it depends on the time I have. I tend to use mixes if I plan on spending more time decorating, and scratch if I am planning on just frosting!
Keep up the good work!
<><

June 14, 2009 02:20 PM
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BigSis said...

Absolutely ingenious! This may be the cutest thing I ever saw. I'm pretty much a mix snob, but if I do use one, I always tweak it with something to make it more special. I've added extracts, pudding (of course), liquors, nuts, chocolate, etc. Thanks for a brilliant idea!

June 14, 2009 02:21 PM
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Amanda said...

I am shaking my head in amazement!

June 14, 2009 02:23 PM
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Ingrid said...

The french fries are genius and the templates awesome!

I ain't skeerd! Use & improve 'em!
~ingrid

June 14, 2009 02:28 PM
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andreassist said...

You never cease to amaze me and your e-mails in my inbox are the tastiest part of my day!

June 14, 2009 02:29 PM
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Krista said...

I'm SO making these next weekend for Father's Day BBQ. How fun! Thanks for making these, the templates & sharing it all with us.

I'm a bake from scratch girl most of the time, but I really don't have trouble using a mix for something like this. Yum!

June 14, 2009 02:29 PM
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Simply Elegant Photos said...

OMG – this is totally amazing – something so simple for such an amazing idea – I've gotta try this now.. this is just too cute!

June 14, 2009 02:30 PM
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Lindy Stamper said...

Gosh, that's so creative!!!!!

June 14, 2009 02:30 PM
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mccoy5 said...

LOVE IT! so cool! thanks for sharing! and i think you need to offer classes to your friends in GA!!! :]]

June 14, 2009 02:33 PM
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Jena Simms said...

Going to have my boys help me make these for next weekend for father's day. Thanks for the idea.

June 14, 2009 02:33 PM
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b is for brown said...

i love these every time i see them! great job. i made a giant hamburger cake for a friend's engagement party. it was so much fun.

http://www.summerscakes.com/2008/11/hamburger-cake-s.html

June 14, 2009 02:34 PM
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Paula said...

Mixes are great when you need them. Depends on the situation …like this burger is time consuming so save some time and use the mixes.

Having said that these are the cutest things I have ever seen. I dont know if I have all that kind of time though. Too Cute.

June 14, 2009 02:40 PM
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Stephanie said...

Bakerella!
Too stinkin cute!! You are so cool:)!! Love those burgers and friend and thank you SO much for the pdf-whoo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!

As for me, I prefer baking from scratch. I like the process, it gives me joy! And when I give a gift of a sweet something, I think making it from scratch puts a little extra love in it <3!

On the other hand- I will use a box mix for making thinks like cupcake pops, these fun burgers, etc….Because with all the fun details on those things, I like to take the extra time with decorating.

So there you go!! Love your blog-it challenges me!! I have everyone I know check it out b/c I can't get over how amazing your confections are!!!

Sweets to you:)…
Stephanie
http://www.polkadotsanddaisiesbakery.blogspot.com

June 14, 2009 02:46 PM
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mandylifeboats said...

amazing. such an inspiration. looking thru your archives to bring something special to sister's BBQ who doesn't think i can do anything right in the kitchen. look out, here i come.

June 14, 2009 02:49 PM
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Sara said...

I love to decorate. I only marginally like baking, though. So I LOVE box mixes! And I love it that you use them too and talk about it on this blog. Makes me feel a TAD less guilty. :)

June 14, 2009 02:49 PM
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Jennifer said...

I love you and I am absolutely doing this!!!

June 14, 2009 02:49 PM
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StuffCooksWant said...

PERFECT!! After the Valentine's cake, I didn't know how I could top it. This is the answer. Thanks for the great idea!

Oh, and never ever use box mixes. I prefer to have more control over what we eat. Scratch all the way.

June 14, 2009 02:57 PM
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hf52771 said...

OK. I am SO making all of this! THANKS for the fabulous inspiration!
~Heather

June 14, 2009 02:58 PM
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Sharon said...

These would be so cute for a birthday boy or girl….Might just have to do these for my grandson's day care class.

June 14, 2009 03:01 PM
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June 14, 2009 03:02 PM
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Magpie said...

That is the cutest thing ever! I totally use mixes.

June 14, 2009 03:02 PM
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Jenn said...

adorable!

June 14, 2009 03:04 PM
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Twila said...

Absolutely adorable! I'm trying to decide whether I feel ambitious enough to try this next weekend. : )

June 14, 2009 03:07 PM
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Anonymous said...

Cake mixes yes! For cookies NO!
Cookies are way to easy, and taste "HELLO" is way better.
Keep those ideas comming :)

June 14, 2009 03:08 PM
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Meagan said...

Of course I prefer homemade most of the time, but mixes are convenient and I use them sometimes! But, I usually improve them by adding other ingredients (pudding, sour cream, fruit, homemade frosting, etc).

June 14, 2009 03:12 PM
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Karla V. de Campos said...

I love these sweet burgers!! My husband and son, love eating burgers, and now I am sure they will be thrilled with these!! thanks for such a wonderful idea, and I love using mixes, they come out so good in taste, and I also always substitute milk instead of water…

June 14, 2009 03:12 PM
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Cherie said...

oooooo *drools* these are really pretty and looks realllllly delicious! I'm gonna make them for my dad too! thank you bakerella :)

June 14, 2009 03:16 PM
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K said...

Wow, what a cute idea!!

And I'm sure some day, I'll bake *something* from scratch, but with two toddlers + school to think about, I'm all about the mixes for now. :)

June 14, 2009 03:18 PM
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Kimberly said...

These are so adorable. I'm going to give these a go.

I use mixes whenever time is short. Why not? They never fail and nobody will know unless you tell them. ;o)

June 14, 2009 03:18 PM
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Kerstin said...

So cute – nice job!

June 14, 2009 03:20 PM
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Cheryl said...

Oh man, these are soooo cute! Dare I make an attempt at these?
I am no mix snob, I will use a cake mix more times than not. But, I don't like the cookie mixes, I think they have a weird aftertaste.
Thanks for the inspiration, you're great!

June 14, 2009 03:24 PM
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Jeanee said...

supper fun! I'll try it one day!

June 14, 2009 03:25 PM
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Lenibvs said...

These are the cutest things ever. I will definitely be trying some of these.

June 14, 2009 03:25 PM
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Andrea said...

This is so great. Greetings from Germany

June 14, 2009 03:32 PM
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Baking Monster said...

I was going to make these burgers a few days ago now you have given me a even better idea thanks!

June 14, 2009 03:35 PM
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Micah said...

Bakerella, you have done it again! Your latest creation is wonderful and so perfect! Thanks for hooking us all up to fool everyone into thinking we are baking masters like yourself! Fake it 'til you bake it!

My sister called a few weeks ago to surprise visit us for an evening of games. Since I didn't have a brownie mix, I made some from scratch. We had to choke them down…the mixes are so chewy and fudgy and moist and mine were, well, not. And if you add up the cost of all the ingredients, it is probably cheaper to just buy a mix and enjoy its goodness! So, at least for brownies, we are sticking to boxed creations!

June 14, 2009 03:37 PM
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Rainy Day Farm said...

Oh so yummy. All Dad's will love that.
By the way, mixes are great and easy. But that just how I grew up!

June 14, 2009 03:45 PM
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kookykoala72 said...

Love my mixes when in a hurry to do whip up something quick and add stuff to it to make it more "homemade".

June 14, 2009 03:45 PM
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kookykoala72 said...

Love my mixes when I need to whip something up in a hurry, and I almost always add stuff to it so it tastes more "homemade". :-) Love the burgers and fries…will definately be making these this summer!

June 14, 2009 03:45 PM
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Christy said...

I almost always avoid mixes…unless I'm making cake balls. :) The first time I saw them on this website I had to try them RIGHT THAT SECOND…and I've just continued to use a mix and prepared frosting ever since!

June 14, 2009 03:50 PM
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Atticelf said...

Love mixes and use them unabashedly. ;)

Your burger and fries are adorable!

June 14, 2009 03:50 PM
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Crazy Lady said...

I use the same Betty Crocker cookie mix for my sugar cookies that I cut out. No one is the wiser, but me. :) They are really tasty! Cakes, I almost always use a mix also. That was just how I was raised and how I had always done it. But once I had my daughter (she is 5) I realized I wanted to teach her how to cook and bake from scratch since I am having to learn all that on my own. Still, there is something to be said for the quick and easy mixes when you are in a hurry. :)

My daughter and I are going to attempt these little burgers and fries. Too cute!!

June 14, 2009 03:55 PM
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Amara said...

Completely amazing! I so want to try these for a summer bbq….i might have to practice a few times first!
I love to use cake mixes – there's so much you can do to alter them. Also, they're so quick and easy and with little kids it's nice to have something that doesn't take much time. I do like a good old fashioned from scratch cake once in a while, too!

June 14, 2009 04:05 PM
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Sharon said...

I started out when I was young using mixes but now I bake all from scratch.

Neat idea!

June 14, 2009 04:11 PM
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Glenda said...

Really now, could you be any more creative? These are absolutely adorable.

I love that you use mixes, I think they are great. All premeasured and ready to go. I'd rather spend my time decorating anyway.

I improve mixes. When I make chocolate cupcakes, I use devils food mix and add a box of instant chocolate pudding, it makes them extra chocolaty and moist.

Vanilla icing too, I'll jazz it up by adding extracts or marshmallow cream. I do insist on making chocolate icing from scratch.

June 14, 2009 04:15 PM
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threemoonbabies said...

so, so, so, so cute!!!

June 14, 2009 04:16 PM
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Isadora Herzog said...

These are so cute!!! It's so small and real! I love it!

June 14, 2009 04:17 PM
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Alicia said...

These are sooooo cute! I improve cake mix, but only when making a white, yellow, or chocolate cake. I don't cringe as much using them because I think of it as cake flour :o). The recipe I use is so different from the cake box recipe.

June 14, 2009 04:31 PM
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melissa kaye said...

Super adorable! I've never seen anything so clever! :=)

June 14, 2009 04:33 PM
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Jen said...

I tend to improve them- love to experiment with adding fruits or other flavors to the basic white or chocolate cake mix re-boxed as generic for our local Hy-Vee stores.

June 14, 2009 04:44 PM
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bpddjeoomon said...

I don't mind using mixes. Sometimes all you want is a predictable batter.

I usually doctor it up a little, though, to make it taste better.

June 14, 2009 04:50 PM
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Krysten said...

LOVE these! :)

June 14, 2009 04:50 PM
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Casey said...

That is such an awesome idea!

We used mixes for cake decorating in 4-H where we had to have a new cake each week, and I have used the refrigerated dough just to see how it differs from my home-made dough. But most of the time I just prefer to make everything from scratch.

June 14, 2009 04:55 PM
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Marie Charrier said...

Whaaaaaa ! C'est génial ! Quelle imagination !

June 14, 2009 05:03 PM
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MaBones said...

The only "scratch" cake I've done is an Easter Lamb cake using Swan's Down cake flour. It did come out better than using a box mix. Right now time is of the essence, so I'm mostly into the boxed stuff, doctored up, of course.

But this Fun Food…what a hoot!!! I love it, esp the fries!!! I LOVE THIS SITE!!!!
(^l^) (^l^) :^p …YUM!!!

June 14, 2009 05:05 PM
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Amber said...

I bake from scratch sometimes, but I often use mixes. I have found that some mixes are pretty much just as good as homemade. I often use homemade icing though, especially when making cakes. With cake, I think the trick is to mix until you think you've mixed enough, then mix some more. You can't overmix! Also, don't overbake. I take them out as SOON as they can come out without being loose in the middle. I had a party a couple of months ago where I made cupcakes and one of the girls said it was the best cupcake she'd ever had. It was a mix…with my delicious homemade icing. :)

June 14, 2009 05:06 PM
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Meri Anne said...

TOO CUTE!!! I'm making these for a big cookout next month!! Maybe adding some fondant 'pickles'. When I make cakes, I almost exclusively use a doctored box mix recipe. I like the No-fail sugar cookies if I'm going to a delicate design and don't want spreading, but they just don't taste as good as the old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe that is in my 30+ yr old Good Housekeeping cookbook (a handy-me-down from my mother).

June 14, 2009 05:13 PM
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Hello, I'm Sally. said...

VERY CUTE! I totally want to make/eat these!

As for mixes, don't like to use them, I want to know exactly what is in my food. So, I have used a couple of Trader Joe's mixes because they have legible ingredients, but I don't always love how the finished product comes out. Too airy and I can taste the "mix" flavor. TJ's brownie mixes are good though.

June 14, 2009 05:13 PM
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Bakerella said...

zoemonster – Make it easy on yourself and buy some plain cupcakes and brownies on the way to the lake and just have fun decorating.

Gina – that's a good wone to use them on.

Akinaj – Hi!

Sandee – Where are you?

lena – right on!

Anonymous – just because

WkSocMom – yeah, I even did a post on it back somewhere.

Anonymous – I like Sandra Lee, too

Nevertan – you're welcome.

morgana – stop it.

Beks – the pudding powder is already combined in the cake mix

Abby – you can barely taste them. You could use white non-pareils as a substitute.

SimplySweeter – interesting.

Sarah – eat them. give them away. eat them.

Torrie – It was Cooper Black. You could set your text to line up with the template and then photocopy it.

Anonymous – just for fun maybe?

elizabeth – thanks!

Christy – I agree

June 14, 2009 05:14 PM
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Sarah said...

Those are sooo adorable!

June 14, 2009 05:18 PM
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Kristin said...

So cute! Hamburger cupcakes… I like everything about it!

June 14, 2009 05:21 PM
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Miz.gina said...

seriously the CUTEST thing I have seen in ages!

June 14, 2009 05:27 PM
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Fishin' Mama said...

These are so cute!!! You are so talented!

June 14, 2009 05:33 PM
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Reid said...

Baking from scratch is great (especially when you have good ingredients like madagascar bourbon vanilla, etc.) but it definitely takes longer. When I'm making something quick I always use mixes but if I'm baking solely for the purpose of having fun and relaxing I like to try new things and don't usually use mixes.

June 14, 2009 05:40 PM
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Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

OMG, you've really taken this over the top! This is sooo great, I never thought of making cookie fries :)

And I am a strong non-mix supporter!

June 14, 2009 05:52 PM
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Jessica said...

You are simply amazing. Period. End of story. I so wish that I had more time & money to try these things!!!

June 14, 2009 05:56 PM
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Joiner Family said...

So stink'n cute, I love it! I may need to do this for my daughter's birthday!

June 14, 2009 06:04 PM
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BentoForKidlet said...

Oh those are adorable. I'm think those will have to make an appearance at our next school bake sale :P

I use mixes proudly. Don't get me wrong, I love to bake from scratch. I won't buy store bought bread anymore because I have fallen in love with homemade from scratch goodness. But there is a time and place for cake/cookie/brownie mixes! And this is brilliant! I love it!

June 14, 2009 06:07 PM
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Vanessa Contessa said...

ADORABLE! And thank you for posting. I've seen this idea before and had completely forgotten it. I've been stressing out over what to do for the boys on father's day and this is perfect!

ps I'm proud of you for owning the mix usage. I used mixes ALL the time and have just barely begun to be okay with it. Mix users unite!

June 14, 2009 06:09 PM
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Em said...

Mixes sometimes just take out some of the stress and get you to the yummy food that much quicker!

Love your blog, just wrote a post about it :) http://cocktailsandcupcakes.onsugar.com/3298799

June 14, 2009 06:14 PM
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pinkslppr said...

Bakerella! You continually amaze me! These are SO awesome I can hardly breath! I can't wait to make them1 I want to make them for the Dads at church. We usually serve cake. Can we do it? I'll have to talk the ladies into trying!!!
Re: question…I like the ease of mixes but change ingredients to make it better. Scratch cakes have Much better flavor and a better consistency, though.

June 14, 2009 06:15 PM
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Ginger Harvey said...

I use mixes a little more than half the time. It depends on what I'm making. However, with a dry mix, I always add things wheat germ and/or ground flaxseed. It makes me feel less guilty about indulging!!

June 14, 2009 06:25 PM
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bzlizzy said...

These are absolutely AMAZING. Well done. The last time I made cake mixes in the Uk (a long time ago) they were tasteless and grey! Yuk. They have probably come on a long way since then but since I can manage to make them myself I don't usually bother. You can get some Betty Crocker stuff here in Greece but I haven't tried them. Obviously there isn't the selection you have there. Given a good taste and a great selection I would probably use them sometimes. I am curious? How do the mixes you get over there compare with regard to additives, preservatives and artificial colors? I imagine they are quite good in the US with regard to "free from…"

Liz in Greece

June 14, 2009 06:26 PM
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K3N said...

You're SO creative!!! I'm always amazed with your ideas!

June 14, 2009 06:34 PM
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Lori said...

This site is more fun to read, learn from and bake then anything I've seen! your daughter is adorable! looking back I almost fainted at some of your giveaways!! I a so happy to have found you from moon dog cottage! i will be adding you to my sidebar and looking forward to each and every visit! Lori

June 14, 2009 06:37 PM
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Darla said...

This is such an adorable idea! My kids are now begging to make these. As far as mixes go, I tend to refuse them. But in a pinch, I've been known to use some of the Cake Mix Doctor's improvements. I always make my own icing, though. :)

June 14, 2009 06:40 PM
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Dorothy said...

Mixes? Heck yeah, I use them! Sometimes straight up, most often I'll use them as the base and swap out ingredients like you did. Sometimes buttermilk, milk, or half and half instead of water; butter instead of oil. And almost always some vanilla extract!

word verification: tribbl (perfect for a Trekkie like me!) :D

June 14, 2009 06:44 PM
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denisewalks said...

I love it.

I use mixes but I usually add something to doctor them up a tad.

June 14, 2009 06:48 PM
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Anonymous said...

Simply incredible.

June 14, 2009 06:53 PM
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Trish said...

This is amazing! I was totally stuck on what to get my father-in-law (my man is so disorganised that I need to think of everything!) and this is perfect!

And cheap, which is a must when Father's Day comes before payday!

Thank you so much!

June 14, 2009 06:57 PM
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Heidi said...

I think mixes have their place especially when you want to focus on the decorating/assembly/cute factor and when you add kids into the baking equation, mixes are the way to go. FYI: I saw some red plastic hamburger/fry baskets at Target in the Dollar section. They might be cuter for serving up these burgers and fries.

June 14, 2009 07:19 PM
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Heather said...

i use cake mix, because everyone who eats it says its the best thing they have ever tasted and asks for the recipe. i figure why mess with a good thing? but ther eis only ONE brand i will use. i always make my own buttercream.

June 14, 2009 07:33 PM
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Sarah said...

I have no problem using mixes, BUT… I have to be careful. ONLY the Betty Crocker mixes are made in facilities without nuts, and I have a very close friend (i.e. someone who is often at events I host) who is deathly allergic to all tree nuts. Just a little FYI that you can file for future reference.

Those are really cute. I'm sure my DH would love them… maybe, if I have the time this week, I'll whip up a batch! Thanks!

June 14, 2009 07:36 PM
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Liz said...

very clever idea, you are very funny too. Keep up the good work/fun!

June 14, 2009 07:39 PM
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Happy Cottage Quilter said...

These are absolutely too cute to handle :-)

June 14, 2009 07:49 PM
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