I despise deviled eggs, but A loves them. I tried to keep things simple and not gag when mixing up the egg/mayo mixture.
Modifications: I left out the shallot and substituted a dash of cayenne pepper for the tabasco.
French Dip Sandwiches
Slow cooked meats are one of A's favorites. I stuck with my tried and true french dip recipe, which I've made before. Served on french bread with melted provolone and dipping sauce on the side -- pretty good!
Sweet Potato Fries
Amazingly enough, I did not use a recipe. I sliced up sweet potatoes (skin on) and sprinkled with olive oil, salt, and pepper. I cooked at 425 for about 30 minutes. Unfortunately, my potatoes were more mushy than crispy. Maybe cook at a higher temperature next time?
The Burger Cake
When I was taking cake decorating, there was a cake in the instruction book that had a piped hamburger on it. This cracked A up to no end and he demanded a hamburger cake. I told him I would make him one someday - and that day was Thursday, his birthday. I decided to make a cake that looked like a hamburger, rather than a cake with a hamburger on it.
I used this cake and this one as my inspiration. Both types of cake used were gluten free -- a chocolate cake for the "burger" and a pumpkin spice cake for the "bun". I glued the layers together with store bought chocolate icing. The lettuce, cheese, tomato, and onion were all made of colored fondant. I built the cake by putting a bit of frosting on the cake plate, then placing the bottom bun, then adding a layer of frosting, then placing the burger layer, frosting the burger layer, putting the fondant decorations in place, then placing the top bun.
- Lettuce - I mixed some green and white fondant together and rolled it to about 1/8th inch thick. I cut strips with a tool with wavy edges. I then used ruffling tools to make the edges more ruffly.
- Cheese - I mixed some yellow and white fondant together and rolled it to about 1/16th inch thick. I cut triangles and placed them around the cake.
- Tomato - I rolled out some red fondant to about 1/8th inch thick and cut out circles.
- Onion - I rolled out some white fondant to about 1/16th inch thick and then cut out circles. I used a slightly smaller cutter to cut out the inner circle, so I ended up with rings. I stretched them a bit and draped them around the cake.
I think the cake came out great! I found it much easier to make a great looking fun cake when there was little frosting involved. My frosting efforts still come out a bit messy and lopsided :) Using the fondant was easy, although I did recommend that people pick it off the cake before eating. A was surprised and pretty happy with the cake :)