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July 13, 2012

Hot Dog & Fries Cake

By: Jennifer Chasse, Publisher of New River Valley, VA
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Jennifer Chasse

Lazy cake makers, I have a recipe for you! Recently I needed a cake for a Cub Scout cake auction, but did not have much time.  I found a few images of hot dog cakes that were most likely inspired by the original cake featured at Family Fun.  It was easy to assemble with my children, and turned out to be a big hit at the cake auction. This would be  fun to make for a cookout and it was so fast and easy, that we will no doubt  be making it again!

You’ll need:

·         A pound cake (either homemade or store bought)

·         2 twinkies or similar shaped sponge cakes.

·         Frosting  (either homemade or store bought) and food coloring.  You will need some the shade of a hot dog, plus a small amount of red and yellow.  I used about ½ cup total.

·         Green candy to resemble relish.  I found green apple licorice that was the perfect color, but green sour candy or green fish would work well too.

To assemble the cake:

1.       Carefully carve a crevice in the pound cake to create a bun shape and allow a place to fit the “hot dog”.  With the piece of pound cake you remove, slice them into french fry shapes, and lightly toast them in a toaster oven or broiler.

2.       Cut one end off of each Twinkie, put them tighter with frosting, and frost the entire hot dog with frosting you have tinted into a hot dog shade.  I used some red, yellow, and brown food coloring until I had the right shade.  Carefully place the “hot dog” in the bun using a long knife or cake spatula. 

3.       Add  your frosting “ketchup” and "mustard" using a frosting bag and tip  or using a plastic baggie with a corner cut off.  You might instead use the small tubes of decorator frosting. 

4.       Chop up and  sprinkle on the “relish”.

Display your hot dog  with  the “ French fries” on the side. For a fun display I added ketchup and mustard bottles, plus a 1 liter bottle of coke.  Simple and adorable!


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