Burger in disguise

By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – With the Fourth of July just a day away, cooks all across Northeast Mississippi are getting ready to fire up their grills and throw on some chicken, some ribs and maybe a few burgers.
Carolyn Shelby may also be fixing a burger, but hers won’t be the savory kind cooked on the grill. Rather, it will be baked in the oven, squirted with icing and covered in caramel frosting.
Think that sounds disgusting?
Think again.
Shelby, who owns Costume World in Tupelo, got the idea for making a Hamburger Cake from a friend of hers who lives in Nevada.
“Her daughter was making one and she taught me how to make one over the phone,” said Shelby, who lives in Shannon. “I’d never seen one or even heard of one. I had no idea what it was supposed to look like. But we’ve made hamburger, hot dog and taco costumes here at the store before, so I figured I could make one into a cake.”
The 70-year-old said it took her about an hour to make the cake from start to finish and she enjoyed every minute of it.
“I know if my mother were alive, she’d day, ‘You’re still playing.’ She said I never did grow up.”
When the cake was complete, Shelby delivered it to her sister-in-law, Brenda Kyle, for her birthday.
“She had a fit over it,” Shelby said. “She hasn’t cut it yet. She put it in her freezer to save for company.”

Hamburger Cake
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 box of brownie mix
1 can caramel frosting
1 tube yellow icing
1 tube red icing
1 tube white icing
Red, green and yellow Fruit Roll-Ups
Slivered almonds or shelled sunflower seeds
Poppy seeds
Prepare the cake mix according to directions on the box, using butter instead of oil. Divide the batter between a greased 9-inch round cake pan and a Pyrex glass bowl about the same diameter and bake according to the directions on the box for a layer cake. This will be the bun.
Prepare brownie mix according to directions on the box and pour the batter into a greased 9-inch round cake pan. Don’t bake the brownie mix quite as long as the directions on the box call for. You want it to be a little moist. This will be the beef patty.
Place the bottom part of the bun on a cake plate and frost it with caramel icing. Squirt some yellow (mustard), red (ketchup) and white (mayo) icing over the bun. Place the beef patty on top and squirt with icing again, making sure to string some icing around the sides of the patty and bun. Tear the Fruit Roll-ups (lettuce, tomato and cheese) into pieces and let them hang off the edges of the patty.
Place the top part of the bun (dome-shaped) on top and ice it with the remaining caramel frosting. Sprinkle the top with slivered almonds or shelled sunflower seeds and poppy seeds.

Contact Ginna Parsons at 678-1581 or ginna.parsons@djournal.com