I got to travel up north last week for Thanksgiving, so spent some good time playing games, shopping and eating with the fam. Ahhh. The day I came in, my mother was undertaking a serious challenge: to replicate the amazing burger cake that she’d made for my cousin’s 6th birthday (he’s now 23). Behold, the original:
Aww, adorable! And such a beautiful cake! Mom had a special request this year to make a burger cake for another 7 year old’s birthday, and this time she was determined to improve on the original. Luckily, I was there to help, laugh and take pictures.
First, we spent way too long getting the colors just right. We added food dye, brought the bowl over to the photo album to compare, then adjusted. It was painstaking, and involved lots of sentences like “Buns are mostly orangey, with just a hint of brown”. The cheese and lettuce were made with almond paste mixed with dyes:
It goes without saying that mom and I had some funky looking hands at the end of this adventure. Once the frostings were all right, the building could begin:
I’m pretty proud of my decision to texture the patty layer.
A sprinkling of pinenuts went on top to simulate the sesame seeds, and the world’s biggest birthday burger cake was complete. Our friend Greg likes it:
Yum. Meat cake. The cheese color may have been a little off, so we thought it looked like old cheese – the stuff that’s been sitting out a little too long at the barbeque.
Here’s my beautiful mother in front of her masterpiece. I have no idea how they ended up cutting into this behemoth, but it doesn’t really matter, does it?