At the end of June, a retirement celebration was held for a friend and colleague. The plan was for an outside barbecue and potluck. I elected to bake a hamburger cake as a surprise. The rains thought they were invited as well, but luckily large tents were found to protect the people and food from a total washout.
The first time I came up with this design for a large 10" in diameter hamburger cake was over 20 years ago for a 1950's theme party, and I have probably made about five others since then for various occasions, each time with a slightly different twist. One was auctioned off for a Boy Scouts fundraiser I remember.
Anyway, it's a bit of a process, but the end result is always worth it!
Preparing the fondant-type tomato (sesame seeds for tomato seeds) and cheese slices
Lettuce and pickles:
Putting it together, using chocolate cake in the centre for the patty:
and here is the retiree sheltered under the dripping canopy out in the dark night, cutting into the cake... (hence the weird lighting)
Just thought I'd share this on my blog...