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Happy and Sweet: Have the Best 4th of July Ever, From Cakespy

4th of July trompe-l'œil

It's time for a Cakespy Confession: we don't like holidays
The traffic's bad. The crowds are obnoxious. And all of our favorite bakeries are closed for the day. 
Cupcake Burger
However, what we do love is sweet stuff, and causing mischief--and so, in an effort to make the 4th of July more fun, we've concocted some trompe-l'œil treats to make this 4th of July the sweetest one yet! 
Here's what we suggest this Fourth of July:

For the main course, why not try a sweetburger? Ours were made by slicing an unfrosted cupcake in half, and inserting a round of "patty" of chocolatey goodness cut from a brownie, and instead of healthy lettuce, a healthy dollop of vanilla buttercream with a drop of green food dye. We garnished the top of the cupcake "bun" with some chocolate sprinkles, adhered with sugar water. 
Twinkie Hot Dog
If you're not a burger person, perhaps you'd go for a Twinkie "Hot Dog"? (Cakespy Note: Anyone who's seen UHF will appreciate this one, we hope.) We made ours by first slicing a twinkie lengthwise (but leaving it connected at the bottom, so it would resemble a hot dog bun), then inserting sugar cookie halves so that the slightly browned edges showed outward (though we think a log of cookie dough would do as well!). We then covered up the "gap" between cookie halves with a pipe of yellow frosting. So bad, but so good. 

And as for side dishes? Ours are tooth-numbingly sweet, comprising 
4th of July trompe-l'œil
of a Faux-tato Potato Salad--a melange of coconut flakes and white chocolate chips held together with a thick dollop of vanilla buttercream--and, of course, no 4th of July would be complete without some baked beans--Boston Baked Beans, that is, straight from the package. 
Of course, if all else fails, just pour a package or ten of Pop Rocks into a batch of cupcakes and their frosting--just like fireworks in your mouth!
Happy Fourth of July!




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Reader Comments (46)

This is my idea of a holiday! No people, stay at home, craft and bake! Love your super sweet BBQ. Happy non-Holiday!

July 3 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I wish I would have seen these a few days ago. I would have loved to make these for a barbecue I'm going to tomorrow. They are so cute!

July 3 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

I think I'll take your suggestions. :D

July 3 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

more spectacular than fireworks... Happy 4th!

You guys are too much! I agree and plan to keep a low profile this holiday weekend.

July 3 | Unregistered Commenterglamah16

How fun and creative is this...love it!

Utterly adorable! You have he cleverest posts ever! I don't know how you come up with these things!

How fun! These would be adored by all ages!

July 3 | Unregistered CommenterRachelle

What would I give for a day's holiday today! There's no pleasing some people!!!!!

I think I could manage to consume your plate of food with a little more gusto than I could its savoury counterpart!

That sounds like my kind of burger!

I feel the same way - holidays become such big "hooplas" and vause so much stress (and traffic!!) - but at least they bring lots of family and friends together, so that's good :0)

Love those cute sweets!! So fun!!

July 4 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

maybe i will have a twinkie hot dog...? cravings anyone?

July 4 | Unregistered CommenterAran

this is hilarious!
an entire plate of dessert made to look like savory foods.
i love it!

Happy 4th, you crazy thing, you!

July 4 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

crazy, weird and creative BUT, sorry to say it - kind of a turn off. Call me unimaginative or old and stodgy. My son, young and imaginative, would love this meal though. : )

Happy long weekend, sweeties!

July 4 | Unregistered Commentersurcie

Yum so fun and delicious looking! Definitely the kind of burger and hotdog I'd like.

Amen, sista! This is my kind of celebration! Twinkie as a bun - pure genius. Just looking at this meal makes me feel 8 again.

xoxox Amy

so cool~
what a great idea.

July 4 | Unregistered Commenterbonnie

The Twinkie hot dog is CRAZY! I LOVE it!
By the way: Retro Bakery in Las Vegas is OPEN ALL DAY on July 4th!
Wish you were here!

Heather: Yup, our type of barbecue!! :-)

Tanya: Hey, there's a summer full of barbecue opportunities ahead!!

Alicia: Sweet!!

Banana-head: Thanks! I hope it clears up in Seattle so we can have some fireworks!

Glamah: Keep it sweet this long weekend!

My Sweet: Glad you enjoyed!

StickyGooey: What can I say, we see an opportunity for sweet everywhere!!

Rachelle: Thanks!!

Caked Crusader: Oh, you do put it in perspective! Although working from home it's not really a reprieve from my "office"! :-)

Melisser: Yea!!

VeggieGirl: So true. I miss my family (on the east coast) on holidays :-(

Aran: HA!!! That would be a crave-worthy one I think!!

Meghan: A little disturbing but cute, huh? :-)

Ann: Happy 4th to you and yours!

Dana: Not being appetized by faux hot dogs and burgers? The horror!!!

Surcie: You too!!

Amy: Welcome to our world--we're all mentally 6 or 7 here. :-)

Bonnie: Thanks! Happy holiday weekend!

Kari: Well then, not all of our favorite bakeries are closed--but all of our favorites in Queen Anne, Seattle, seem to be!! :-(

July 4 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

mmmm, I'm coming to YOUR house today for the cookout. Your treats are adorable!

July 4 | Unregistered CommenterJacque

LOL, fill up my paper plate w/2 of everything!

aren't you clever! i'd be tempted to completely skip my hot-off-the-grill burger for these delicious treats...but then i'd remember that it's a holiday and go ahead and eat everything. :)

July 4 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

I love this. It's fun deceiving with fun food.

July 4 | Unregistered Commentergiz
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