And here is my version:
If I were to do it again (which my dear hubby may request!) I would probably cut the circle brownie patty in half so that it wasn't so thick for a more proportionate looking "burger". I also had hoped to make a thick raspberry sauce in place of the red icing for a more natural "red ketchup". I also think raspberry would add a yummy flavor to it all.
Here are the recipes that I used and how I put it all together:
For the brownie layer I simply used a mix. I had one, it was easy. Enough said.
For the cake I searched online for a recipe with good reviews and I am happy with the one that I picked. I made some alterations to it and the cupcakes came out light, fluffy, and full of flavor. The original recipe comes from Magnolia's Bakery. Here is my version ( I only wanted 12 cupcakes so I halved the recipe):
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
about 1 tbs. vanilla
Combine the dry ingredients and set aside. Whip the butter until fluffy. Add sugar, whip until pales in color. Add 2 eggs and vanilla. Whip for about a minute. Add flour mixture and milk at intervals on a low whip setting. Whip until smooth and fluffy about a minute or 2. Add cupcake liners to a cupcake pan and scoop dough in to each cupcake liner with a cookie scoop. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes.
For the cookies I used my favorite tried and true sugar cookie recipe by Alton Brown. No need to alter this recipe! I use this every time I need a great cut out cookie recipe. It never fails and it's super easy to handle. I simply made the dough, rolled it out and cut strips about 1/4 to 1/8 inch wide and about 3-4 inches long and placed the cut "fries" into some sugar, carefully coating them (simply press very gently into sugar, being careful not to mess up the shape or break the dough) and placing them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake 350 for about 10 minutes. When the cookies came out of the oven I sprinkled a bit more sugar over them for that "salty" fries look.
This was a lot of fun to put together and the kids were really excited to give the burger and fries to their dad. We just might have to add this to our Dad's Day tradition list.