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Natty Patty Banana Nut & Chocolate Cupcakes

These are the most fun cupcakes! The biggest hit at Julius’s 4th birthday party. Small and cute, kids and adults love them. My favorite part is that instead of battling with frosting on top, the frosting is in the center!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 package Banana Nut muffin mix
  • 1 package or box Chocolate cake mix (and milk, eggs, or oil according to the back instructions)
  • 1 can or jar of white frosting, butter milk or vanilla
  • food coloring, liquid or gel, doesn’t matter (red, green, yellow)
  • Non-stick cooking spray or cupcake paper liners

Bake the chocolate cake package according to directions in a cupcake or muffin pan, lined or not (I’ve tried both, just do what you think is best for your muffin pan.

Separate the frosting into three even amounts. Mix in the food coloring a little at a time to get the desired color. I chose red to look like ketchup, green to look like lettuce, and yellow to either look like mustard or cheese.

The photo above features the yellow looking like mustard. Below is a photo that shows the yellow in a square outline to look like cheese corners. For best results, pipe the frosting out of a plastic bag corner with the tip finely cut off. All you need is a little frosting around the outside edges to be visible. You don’t need to fill the center.

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Cut the cooled chocolate muffin-tops off. This will be the “patty”. I discarded the bottom.

Cut the cooled banana nut muffin-tops in half and these will be the top and bottom “buns”.

Pipe on the frosting in whatever order you like, I put “ketchup” on top of the bottom bun, then the chocolate patty next. Then “lettuce, and cheese or mustard” on top of the patty. Make these ahead of time too, and save them in the refrigerator.

The Delectable Burger

These burgers are my take on In-N-Out Burgers. In-N-Out is a classic burger joint located mostly in California. I highly recommend you go there. I will say that they have the BEST burgers.

For the buns, we used homemade burger buns by Chef Jimi.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • Mustard
  • Burger buns
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheddar cheese (we used ones mixed with Colby cheese)
  • Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper

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Secret Sauce: I admit, I have never used measurements when making this. Maybe one day I’ll update this post with exact measurements. Until then, we’ll keep it called the “Secret Sauce” because you have to figure out. MWUAHAHAHAHA!

  • Mayo
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Pickle Relish
  • Vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

In a pan, add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and stir in chopped onions. Add salt and keep heat on medium-low, so the onions can sweat out and caramelize. This can take up to 20 minutes, and you may want to adjust the heat.. keeping it on low for a long period, but then turning it up at the very end to get a little charring going on.

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In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef with the egg, salt, and pepper. You can leave the egg out, I like it because it binds the meat together. Then separate into even balls, and flatten each one into a patty. Keep in mind the patty will shrink when cooked, so don’t be afraid to make them larger than you think.

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Spread a thin layer of mustard on each patty before cooking. This gives the meat a great flavor you wouldn’t expect.

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Have some butter in a pan and set it to medium-high. Sear the patty for about 3 minutes, mustard side down. Then spread mustard on the other side. Flip and add a slice of cheese on top. Cover with a lid to melt the cheese. They’re done after about another 3 minutes. Set on a plate and cover to keep warm.

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While the patties are cooking, you can toast your buns in another pan. Just with a little butter at the bottom. If the heat is pretty high, it’ll only take a couple minutes.

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My preferred arrangement of ingredients:

  • Sauce smothered on each bun
  • Then grilled onions on each bun
  • Lettuce on bottom bun, then tomatoes, then patty, then top bun

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These were made a little small, but larger than sliders. Perfect for each person to have two.