Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fools' Day Burger and Fries


Happy April Fools' Day!  Today is a day for playing the fool and tricking people with some harmless practical jokes. I love to play food practical jokes and I've been excited to do this one for a while.  Last year I took meatloaf and mashed potatoes and made a cupcake out of it.  This year I decided to take a cupcake and make a burger and fries.

I have seen "cupcake burgers" all over the internet, but this is my spin on them.  I decided to use fruit as some of my burger toppings instead of using all icing like most of the recipes I have seen.  My kids ate their burgers and loved every bite.   My son, who dislikes real tomatoes, joked that these were the best "tomatoes" he has ever eaten.  Ha! ha!

What is a burger without french fries?  I had to come up with a fun idea to replace your traditional fries and apples did the trick. My kids really loved them and I may have to make my apple "fries" more often for them so they can take it in their lunchboxes to school. I think the kids at the lunch table will get a real kick out of them. 

So, did I fool you with my burgers and fries?  Well, I hope I did, even for a quick second.

I hope your day is full of fun surprises, jokes and big laughs!


To Make the Burger
1 box yellow cake mix prepared per package instructions
kiwi slices (tip buy a ripe, but firm kiwi)
strawberries sliced
sesame seeds as needed

Chocolate Glaze:
12oz bag of chocolate chips
1/3 cup half and half milk
2 Tbs butter

Special equipment:  cupcake pan or whoopie pie pan, double boiler (or glass heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water)

Prepare cake batter per package instructions.  Place batter in cupcake pan or whoopie pie pan. Bake as needed.

For cupcakes, cut tops off and sprinkle some with sesame seeds to be the top "bun" of the burger.    If you use a whoopie pie pan, sprinkle the "top buns" with sesame seeds and use them as they are without trimming them. 

To make chocolate glaze, first heat up milk (half and half) and butter in a double boiler.  When the milk is hot add the chocolate chips and stir well until smooth.

Dip the "burger" into
 chocolate glaze using two forks and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.  Allow chocolate coating to set in the fridge.


Slice strawberries and kiwi to act as lettuce and tomato of burger.  You can also add mango for mustard or cheese.  Tip: use round strawberries for better "tomato" slices.   Assemble burger by placing a bottom "bun", kiwi layer, "burger", strawberry layer and then sesame seed top "bun".  Skewer if desired.

To Make the Fries
2 large apples cored and peeled
4 cups water and 2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder 

3Tbs Raspberry or Strawberry jam
1 tsp strawberry syrup (the kind you make strawberry milk with)

Special equipment:  crinkle cutter, peeler with corer

Core apple and peel.  Then use crinkle cutter to cut french fry size strips.
Place cut "fries" into salt water and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Dry on a paper towel for a minute and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Take paper towel and make sure cinnamon in only lightly coated by wiping off access.


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