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.


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.


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.


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.


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……


… You’ll figure something out.

Next up. Frostings.


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.



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?

Lydia Story said...

What a great idea! I will have to come up with something to make these for! Thank you!

June 15, 2009 05:09 PM
krauka said...

those are just adorable! definitely making them this weekend:)

I use mixes now and then, if I need something quick. They can be handy in a pinch.

June 15, 2009 05:14 PM
Hollyn said...

I am SO making these for my son's 13th birthday on Wed. Burgers are his fave. I can't wait to see these done! I have 4 kids and they'll love 'em.

June 15, 2009 05:19 PM
Rachel said...


Thank you!!!

June 15, 2009 05:46 PM
Anthonette said...

Awesome, great job! My 5-year old is standing here telling me what to type. We both love your creativity!

June 15, 2009 06:02 PM
Seanna Lea said...

Those are really cute!

I don't really like using mixes. I keep a couple on hand for when I have the urge to BAKE RIGHT NOW, and don't want to spend the time going through my cookbooks to pick the perfect thing to make.

June 15, 2009 06:05 PM
Danielle said...

OMG, those are so crackin' cute! I'd make them for Father's Day, but he's already requested an apple pie, and I'm going to attempt your PB cup chocolate cake for his b-day the following week.
I go about 50/50 mix/homemade. I love new recipes, but you just can't beat the convenience (and sometimes final outcome) of a mix.

June 15, 2009 06:14 PM
ilovemesomecupcakes said...

these are cute. good job!! i use both, made from scratch and box mixes, but i always make my frosting.

June 15, 2009 06:15 PM
Ladybug said...

Too cute!
For my family, I bake from scratch. Crazy food allergies require it.

For parties and/or friends that don't care, I'll use a mix because it's faster and easier.

June 15, 2009 06:25 PM
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June 15, 2009 06:28 PM
Ashley Brooke said...

I love this! It's like a mini version of the hamburger cake I made not too long ago! It was so simple but fun :)

Have a look!

Great photos as usual Bakerella!


June 15, 2009 06:54 PM
Didi said...

you are tooooo awesome!

June 15, 2009 07:02 PM
Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

These are adorable! Can't wait to try them. Thanks. Great post.

June 15, 2009 07:09 PM
Janis said...

These are too cute for words. And they're perfect for the summer months. Love them!

I'm all about the mixes once in a while. I especially love the duncan hines chocolate chip cookie mix. Yum!

June 15, 2009 07:18 PM
Anonymous said...

Love your burger & fries!

When I want a "baked from scratch" flavor with a cake mix I substitute olive oil for the "regular" oil in the directions and I always use room temperature eggs.

Also, if you ice the cake while it's still warm it will "lock" in the moisture and be really yummy. Use an apricot jelly glaze, or other flavor, before using the real icing and the icing won't melt. It also adds extra flavor.


June 15, 2009 07:26 PM
Smitten Sugar said...

How clever! These are absolutely adorable..I love your blog!

June 15, 2009 07:31 PM
Krissy said...

You make everything look so simple!!! I may have to try these…although I know! they won't look anywhere as nicely as your's do!

June 15, 2009 07:31 PM
nasebaer said...

This idea is so great. Well done

June 15, 2009 07:54 PM
Traci said...

Those are totally cute. I'm having a 4th of July party and that may just be the dessert! Thanks.

I am a professional cake decorator and I often use doctored cake mixes. I spend my time and energy on decorating the cake. These companies have spent a lot of time, energy and money to test these box mixes to make them turn out great every time! Why reinvent the wheel? Many times a scratch recipe does not turn out exactly as I would like and when it's for a client I just don't have time to remake it.

June 15, 2009 08:01 PM
Stacie said...

if it is not broke, dont fix it… while scratch often is best.. there is a time and place for boxes.

June 15, 2009 08:02 PM
Cake Pops Galore said...

You have done it again…what a super cute and clever idea!! Love it and I bet all the dad's out there would, too. Homemade is the best but a mix is easy so why not use it on occasion! Thank you for sharing your awesome ideas with us all!!

June 15, 2009 08:30 PM
Anita Chow said...

I've made these before too but they definitely don't look as good as yours! I battled with the idea of using tinted coconut or icing and the tinted coconut won!! I hate shredded coconut as well but it just looks really real!

I love your template!

these were how mine turned out!

June 15, 2009 08:39 PM
I BLEED PINK said...

You are amazing! These are so cute!

June 15, 2009 08:45 PM
Anna said...

Cookies: don't use them
Brownies: Is there any other way to make them but mixes???

cakes: Improve them.

I guess it's all three for me.

June 15, 2009 08:59 PM
Elisa said...

Oh my adorable! I love! Do I have time to do this?? No! But SOMEDAY, I will!

June 15, 2009 09:07 PM
Gluten Free Inspired said...

You are simply AMAZING with the designs you think of! I would love to see you feature something using the new Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Cake Mixes for all your Gluten-Free Fans out there :)

June 15, 2009 09:08 PM
Diana--Gluten Free Inspired said...

Just another vote for something Gluten-Free created by your amazing mind :) Thanks again for inspiring us to "attempt" to be even a smidgen as creative as you :)

June 15, 2009 09:19 PM
Cupcakes In Heels said...

that is too cute!!! and it's perfect for father's day present! as always, you have such yummie creative ideas!

June 15, 2009 09:59 PM
Barb said...

These have got to be one of the cutest things I have ever laid my eyes on….my heart is palpating I want to get up and make these right now!

Brownies are from a mix for me…most cakes however, are from scratch although I will say there are some good cake mixes on the market. Frosting I would never, ever do from a can – I just don't care for the taste or the texture. I am a cake decorator and find it way too thin to work with. It could easily work though for a project like this. I think we all just need to use what works at the moment….sometimes we have more time than others….but I guess that is my age talking – getting more laid back by the moment!

June 15, 2009 10:04 PM
dani said...

these are so frippin adorable! your creativity knows no bounds…i'm jealous.

when it comes to mixes, i use them when i'm experimenting (or just in a hurry). otherwise, scratch is the way to go!

June 15, 2009 10:07 PM
Mari said...

OMG!! YOU are just AWESOME!AWESOME!AWESOME! no other word to describe your ideas…I am totally making these!

June 15, 2009 10:22 PM
Christine! said...


June 15, 2009 10:39 PM
The Nelsons said...

SO freakin' cute!

June 15, 2009 10:42 PM
Julia said...

I looove loove loove this! So cute and seems pretty simple to make as well. Thanks for sharing.
Mixes are sooo my friend! :)

June 15, 2009 10:46 PM
Vellum said...

Omg. Omg omg omg omg. I love this! And I am so using this the next time I get to make a baked good for an event. The use of cookies for the fries is genius! (I've seen those giant hamburger cakes with a side of fries, but fries made of cake just don't work.)

And this is just a side note, but I'm happy that you always take so many lovely pictures. Even if I don't try to follow along and make what you're making, it's so fun to look through – reminds me of poking through colorful cookbooks as a kid.

June 15, 2009 11:28 PM
Vellum said...

Oh, and as for mixes – I only use them if people give them to me, or if there is some creation that just can't be made without them. Flour and other supplies are cheaper if I'm going to do a lot of baking, which I always like to do. And I can control exactly what goes in them, so if I want to do gluten free, I can do that. If I want no corn syrup, I can do that. Usually it ends up tasting better to me, too.

June 15, 2009 11:31 PM
Ashley said...

Those are too cute!

June 15, 2009 11:39 PM
Mandy Kay said...

oh my gosh, these are THE cutest things i've EVER SEEN! THANK YOU!

June 15, 2009 11:50 PM
Cakespy said...

I'm not adverse to a mix now and again. Esp. when you are trying out something new, for a test run.

Also, I love burger cupcakes. I made them once for an art opening and people's reactions were HILARIOUS! But yours have like, a zillion times more awesome quotient because of the "serving suggestion" and fries! How awesome can you get?

June 15, 2009 11:58 PM
Julie said...

These are DARLING!!! My sister and I are going to do them for Father's Day. I wanted a "dessert" to go with them. We're going to do ice cream cone cupcakes and top them with chocolate frosting to look like an old fashioned soft serve ice cream cone!!

June 16, 2009 12:04 AM
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June 16, 2009 12:05 AM
franci said...

I love the look of the things you make,I love your blog, You have great taste with decorating and you're very talented, but I'm very disappointed about mixes of any kind. I'm italian, went to high school in the us (senior year, exchange student). Just to make you understand how bad mixed stuff is, i gained 30 lbs in a year, eating half the food i had in Italy, but lots of mixes. Got back in italy i lost it all without dieting. Any kind of food made from boxes can't be good. Oh, I'm a gastronomic sciences student, we study food and wine productions and uses, I'm a big supportes of the slow food theory.

June 16, 2009 12:08 AM
Girl Japan said...

You are an inspiring clever woman!!! By goodness, you are blowing me away! Here's to women!!!!

I like boxed cakes if they use very little preservatives….

June 16, 2009 12:40 AM
All you need is Cupcakes said...

AMAZING! I really love your work
A hug from Argentina!

June 16, 2009 12:59 AM
Melissa said...

All of this is completely adorable! My kids would love this! Thanks for the step by step. I have to agree with you- baking from scratch definitely tastes better, but I don't always have time.

June 16, 2009 01:00 AM
Krystin said...

Oh my gosh…this is the BEST idea ever…I LOVE it!!!
I am so going to send the link to your blog to my sisters.

June 16, 2009 01:05 AM
Oh She Glows said...

OH WOW I had a big goofy grin reading this post and I am just amazed. I can't wait to make them!!

June 16, 2009 01:19 AM
FragaFam said...

i only use mixes when i am VERY short on time – or making brownies. i have yet to perfect them like Betty!

LOVE your site :) thanks for the great ideas!!!

June 16, 2009 01:40 AM
jeannie crockett said...

OMG. These are the cutest things ever, ever! My husband thinks I'm crazy because I'm sitting over here crying about how cute they are!

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June 16, 2009 02:06 AM
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June 16, 2009 02:08 AM
xstarnostarsx said...

That is adorable beyond words! As far as my opinion on mixes, I'm on the fence. Sugar cookies are pretty much the same no matter how you do them, and most cake mixes are pretty fool-proof but never amazing. However, when it comes to brownies, give me a packet-mix brownie over a homemade one any day!

June 16, 2009 02:39 AM
Olivia said...

OMG. I am actually DEAD those are the cutest things I have ever seen

June 16, 2009 02:45 AM
Anonymous said...

Just darling! May have to attempt it.

June 16, 2009 02:55 AM
Kelli said...

You are absolutely amazing! I'm only 13, but this looks so fun and easy that I think I'm gonna make it for my Daddy Father's Day Weekend. :]

June 16, 2009 03:05 AM
Janelle said...

These are just too cute!

I don't have a side of the fence with mixes. Sometimes I like them especially when I'm experiementing on a design, i.e. Ice Cream Cake Cone, but when I make a cake I like to make it from scratch. I don't know why but I do.

June 16, 2009 03:06 AM
Raich said...

oh my heck…i can never get over you and your talent…can i just pay you??

June 16, 2009 04:03 AM
Rachel said...

These are soooo cute!!! I know what I am making for my Dad and Husband! Thanks for posting! Yep, I am a mix girl too!

June 16, 2009 05:02 AM
Catherine said...

I would like to be able to follow your blog. Do you have that option set up?

Oh, and I when it comes to cake and brownies… always mixes!

June 16, 2009 05:38 AM
Trisha said...

Oh my goodness what a fun and interesting way of making cake! A true genius, as always, Bakerella!

June 16, 2009 06:20 AM
Lisa S. Luckey said...

Those are so cute!!!! I love them and can't wait to try them.


June 16, 2009 06:51 AM
Kae said...

Wow, the amazing ideas you come up with cease to end! That is so creative and delicious looking, great job.

June 16, 2009 06:57 AM
Lyndsey said...

Cute! I just made cupcake french fries last week….…I even put them in a fry container! Crazy that I thought of something similar to the famous Bakerella… I like the sugar cookie fry idea though!

June 16, 2009 07:21 AM
Lyndsey said...

Oops…that would be

June 16, 2009 07:23 AM
eve said...

What a wonderful idea! They are just too cute. :)

I have waited for my immigrant visa (Swedish but married to an American) for 10 months, and finally I get to move to my wonderful hubby! We've had a long dinstance relationship for 4 years, and now we can finally be together! Anyway, we're having a big good bye party here in Sweden when he comes to get me – and it happens to be on 4th of July. We thought about having an American-Swedish theme. These burgers will be a fun element on the dessert table, and my hubby will love it! :)

Thank you so much for a wonderful blog, you have brought me so much inspiration!

June 16, 2009 08:26 AM
Sidana said...

As usual, you have done a SUPERB job ONCE AGAIN!!!
I love to use mixes and then 'upgrade' them :) I change the texture and flavors and make them more 'personalized' by adding pudding mixes or flavored coffee creamers etc…

June 16, 2009 10:40 AM
Charlie P said...

WOW! Those are so cool!
I can't use mixes- it takes all the fun out of baking and you can't really say "I made it myself" when a factory has done half the work. The ones you get here tend to taste a bit fake, too :-s

June 16, 2009 10:54 AM
shanelle said...

LOVE THIS!!! Hope you don't mind, we posted it on our site
( with a link to your page.

Thanks for posting, the hubs will love it!

June 16, 2009 11:13 AM
cake2cake said...

Ingenious! You've taken the cupcake burger to a whole new level, love it! I do both mixes and scratch. When I'm short on time or serving a bunch of non-discriminating 6 yr olds, I go mix all the way! If the constantly dieting skinny people in my family eat it with reckless abandon then I know it's good- scratch or mix!

June 16, 2009 12:18 PM
lilybox said...

those are really cute; I always try to stay clear of mixes but they really do come in handy. Do you think I can use a swiss roll mix to make a hot-dog bun?

June 16, 2009 12:32 PM
Nicole said...

I just brought 10 mixes for $10.00…oh where is the modesty?!

These are sooOOoo cute! You make me smile every time I visit your site!

June 16, 2009 01:23 PM
Hannah said...

In a pinch I definitely rely on mixes. I have a few stashed in the top cupboard in case of a brownie emergency. I do tend to make them my own though, by adding nuts or extracts or something.
I will definitely be using mixes for this recipe, that way I can use my creative efforts for decorating.

June 16, 2009 01:28 PM
Suzy D. said...

I love to see what you come up with next! I love free printables too. I would like to make these with my 3-1/2 year old grandson.

June 16, 2009 02:36 PM
The Anknersons said...

The cutest things ever! Please do hotdogs next. I have been trying to think of a way to do hotdogs…….any ideas? I am a pastry chef and yes at times I will use a mix. Why not? Love your blog, great ideas.

June 16, 2009 02:42 PM
Brussel Sprouts said...

These are incredible, you have such a keen eye for presentation! I'm going to try to make them for 4th of July. Keeping my fingers crossed they'll remotely resemble your masterpiece!

June 16, 2009 02:44 PM
Lisa Best said...

These are so awesome! I am going to make them for my Boyfriend's family's Fathers Day party :)

June 16, 2009 03:47 PM
Anonymous said...

This is way tooo cute! I'm making some this weekend with my 5 year old sweetie!

I like using doctored up mixes. They taste so good. The Cake Mix Doctor is one of the best books for doctored mixes.

Bakerella Rocks!…as usual!

June 16, 2009 04:03 PM
Desirae said...

Holy cuteness! These are adorable. I think I'll attempt this for the Fourth of July.

As for mixes, I'm all about 'em! I rarely take the time to bake from scratch, so mixes are a constant in my pantry. Cakes, brownies, cookies–I use them all!

June 16, 2009 04:04 PM
Brandy said...

Those are freaking ADORABLE! I can't believe how realistic the fries look!

June 16, 2009 04:13 PM
CAPow said...

those are ridiculously CUTE! Almost makes me wish I had a kid so I could make those for a birthday party. almost. :)

June 16, 2009 04:38 PM
Ama said...

I LOVE cake mixes but have started to tweak them a little bit. I always get compliments on the cakes I bake and am not ashamed to tell them I started with a box of cake mix but added my own little touches. I can't wait to make these for a Fourth of July potluck that we were invited to!

June 16, 2009 04:40 PM
the starks. said...

are you some kind of genius or something!? these are awesome! i just brought the stuff to make them and i can't wait! :)

June 16, 2009 05:07 PM
rachel said...

I Love you, Bakerella, and your lovely creations! =) You inspire me to bake!! (I did the cheesecake two weeks back [thick crust and all] and it was a HUGE hit!) THANK YOU!

June 16, 2009 05:09 PM
Nancy Smith said...

I use doctored up mixes all of the time and people say they've never had as good a cake as mine! I do have some scratch mixes in case someone is picky. I am going to try these burgers and fries for this weekend. I love your blog, thanks for sharing!

June 16, 2009 05:14 PM
Susana Cano said...

i love mixes, taste great an time saving!

June 16, 2009 05:22 PM
Lori said...

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

June 16, 2009 05:46 PM
Carol Browne said...

You are a genius. I LOVE THIS! Very well done. Thanks for sharing this with us all. Yay!!!

June 16, 2009 05:52 PM
Megan said...

I never use mixes. They all taste the same no matter what flavor they are or what you do to them. Scratch all the way baby!

June 16, 2009 05:57 PM
Ida said...

What a great idea! You are so creative. I bet the sugar cookie french fries would be my favorite too.

June 16, 2009 06:02 PM
Laura H said...

I love to make cakes from scratch. There is a great feeling of accomplishment when I do that. I'm no cake mix snob though. When time is limited and I want cake NOW!, Duncan Hines comes to my rescue! I do improvise it by adding somethings to try and give it a made-from-scratch taste (think Cake Doctor).

These cake burgers are the cutest! Thanks for sharing your tips. I might just be fixing these for Sunday and I'll be using mixes just like you!

June 16, 2009 06:05 PM
We Are Not Martha said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are amazing!! These seriously look absolutely fabulous and I'm quite impressed. But now I don't know whether I want dinner or dessert :)


June 16, 2009 06:24 PM
midnightmoonradiance said...

im a college student and I try to bake once a week but most of the time since I'm realllyy busy I go with mixes. i'm really hoping to start to bake from scratch once im done with my studies and have more time! :)

very cute idea for father's day!!

June 16, 2009 07:10 PM
julie said...


Just found your site…I can see I will not be leaving the computer any time soon…

And thanks for not making me feel guilty about using mixes! I make my own frosting, but I'm all about the cake mix. I do like to mess with adding stuff to it, but I've never swapped milk or buttermilk for the water – sounds yummy! Then again, if anything I'm usually trying to reduce the calories, not increase them… But something like unsweetened almond milk might be really good! I'm on a roll now… hand me a notebook and a pen! :P

June 16, 2009 07:20 PM
Debra said...

Oh my! Those are the cutest! Definitely have to try these out. Thanks for sharing!

June 16, 2009 07:21 PM
Kaci said...

I almost always use cake mixes. Recently I have been using Aldi brand and I have to admit they are really good. I always make my frosting and cookies from scratch. Cut-outs are a family tradition. My mom would FREAK if I bought a mix or a tube. LOL!

June 16, 2009 07:24 PM
Shannon said...

For cake mix I always use duncan hines butter recipe golden. It comes up so fluffy and moist and tasty every time, no one can tell. And if I need lemon or pineapple or coconut cake for a special request I just dump in a bunch of extract in the butter recipe cake mix and it still comes out perfect. For cookies, if I just want drop cookies I use the betty crocker mix but for rolled sugar cookies I use homemade.

I have had the same thing happen with the cut-out suggestion on the back of bagged sugar cookies. It happened on Christmas eve, the candy canes and stars looked like blobs. And I couldn't get the icing red either, just deep pink. I was so upset over the fiasco I almost cried in my kitchen.

And frosting, I really like the flavor of the stuff in the can because I hate buttercream and meringue which is what most homemade frosting is.

June 16, 2009 07:47 PM
kimmitri said...

wow, these look incredible!!! i definitely would love to try this for my fiance's birthday in a few weeks :)

June 16, 2009 07:49 PM
Jaimie Gvozdas said...

this is THE CUTEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will DEFINITELY be trying this!!! Thanks for sharing!

June 16, 2009 08:57 PM
dessertschick said...

So fun, must try your burger & fries!

Always cookies and brownies from scratch, just 'cause they only take a little longer than a mix, and I have complete control over the ingredients. (Um, control freak much??)

For years I couldn't make a cake from scratch to save my life, unless it was a poundcake. (I'd doctor the mixes, of course.) But I've been practicing this cake from scratch thing (, and it tastes infinitely better, same with frostings.

June 16, 2009 09:49 PM
Megan and Brian said...

These are so cute!

I use mixes right now because I like the decorating, not the baking from scratch and I'm usually missing one or two things that are needed. I would like to find a way to make them a little more moist, but i'm going to try to substitute the water for milk. Good idea.

June 16, 2009 11:20 PM
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