Fun With Food – Cheeseburger Cupcakes

For those of you that know me, you know how much I LOVE baking. So I was super excited when about a month ago, the Social Media Club Cleveland had a meeting with the potluck theme of cupcakes and beer. The last time we had this theme I made some red velvet cupcakes. This time, however, I wanted to make something new and different. That’s why I made …. cheeseburger cupcakes!  Here’s what they looked like:

cheeseburger cupcakes

Don’t be jealous — or overimpressed. They were easy – and a hit! Curious how to make them? Here goes.

What you need: Vanilla frosting (I used Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Vanilla); Tubes of decorating frosting — red, green and white; Yellow food coloring; Yellow cupcake mix; Chocolate cupcake mix; Whatever ingredients the cupcake mixes call for.

What you do: Prepare your cupcakes per the mixes’ instructions. Make sure to grease the cupcake tins well so they don’t stick (you’re not going to use cupcake papers).

After the cupcakes have cooled, cut off the tops of the cupcakes – both the chocolate and the vanilla ones. This step reminds me of the Seinfeld “Muffin Top” episode. The tops and bottoms of the chocolate cupcakes will become the burger patties and both parts of the yellow cupcakes will be used as the bun.

Add yellow food coloring to a good amount of the vanilla frosting (now dyed yellow, this will be the American cheese). Then slather the bottom half of the yellow cupcake with the “cheese” and place a burger patty (half of a chocolate cupcake) on top.

Use the white decorative frosting to put small dots on the top of the yellow cupcake — this will look like sesame seeds. Use the red and green decorating frosting to put red and green squiggles on the tops and bottoms of the chocolate cupcakes. This will be the relish or lettuce and ketchup. Now you can put your burgers together — they should be layered yellow cupcake half, chocolate cupcake half, yellow cupcake half.

They were a hit at SMC and I made them again a few weeks later for my soon-to-be niece’s “housewarming” party (it was for the 18 month old’s new playhouse).

cupcakesI can’t take credit for these cupcakes, though – I came across them on Flickr. Check out this Flickr photo group – there are step by step photos if my directions weren’t enough, plus hers came out looking way better than mine!

Good luck and happy baking!

Cleveland SMC E-Book

I’m excited to announce that the Cleveland Social Media Club has launched its first e-book, “Welcome to Social Media!” There’s a lot of great content about using social media professionally and personally —  and lots of different points of view. It just goes to show how many smart people there are right here in Northeast Ohio!

Check out the e-book below or find out more about the cool project here. I wrote a chapter on measuring social media and determining ROI. Good stuff!

What Is Social Media? The Cleveland Social Media Club Has Some Thoughts…

It seems like people asking are always me, “What IS social media?” Whether it’s a question on a panel (and it was the first question Michael DeAloia asked us at this panel!), part of a presentation, or part of every day conversation, someone is always going to be looking for the answer. (Note: One of my earliest posts,  Social Media Find of the Week, even looked at this question.)

Well, look no further for your answer -at the Cleveland Social Media Club meeting in April 2009, we asked members: How do you define Social Media? The responses were compiled into a video, now on YouTube. Check it out below!

Social Media in Events in Cleve

It’s been a busy past few weeks here in the Cleve! Even busier, social media-wise! Last week was the first ever twestival, and tonight is the monthly meeting of the Cleveland Social Media Club.
Cleveland Twestival (2.12.09 6 PM Harry Buffalo)

Cleveland Twestival:

Did you miss out on or not hear about the twestival? Thursday (2.12.09) was the world’s first twestival (Twitter+festival=Twestival). The Cleveland Twestival was part of the world-wide event that occurred last Thursday, where 175+ cities around the world (including Cape Town, South Africa, Mumbai, India, and Quito Ecuador), hosted Twestivals to bring together Twittercommunities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

Cleveland’s event was held at the Harry Buffalo on E 4th, and the $15 entrance fee got you free wings and pizza, while helping to support the charity: water. I don’t know if official updates on how much the twestival raised are up yet, but word on the street is that the Cleveland event alone raised about $1500 and had around 65 attendees! Pictures from the event are now online.

Cleveland Social Media Club:

The next meeting of the Cleveland Social Media Club is scheduled for tonight,  Wednesday (2.18.09) at 6 PM. This month’s culinary theme is “Bring Your Favorite Soup,” with members bringing chili, soups, and other winter comfort food. I baked up some corn bread and snickerdoodles to go along with all the soups and chilis. For more info, or if you want to attend, you can visit the event site, which contains more details.

Meeting 2 of Cleveland Social Media Club

Last night was the second meeting of the Cleveland Social Media Club…. I don’t know what anyone else thought about it, but I thought it was great! We pretty much kept the same format as the first meeting, going around and introducing ourselves, saying how we use social media and what our vision for the club is.

There were some pretty cool people there – Cleveland’s ‘former’ Tech Czar, some kids form Case who were developing a great new web application, The Franchise King, Brewed Fresh Daily‘s George Nemeth, Chris Seper from the PD, and a whole bunch of other cool people to talk to. It was great to finally meet some people that I’d only talked to through twitter. I only wish I hadn’t had to leave early for pre-arranged dinner plans! 

We have some pretty exciting ideas on what we will be doing in social media club. There is a national club that we are modeling ourselves after, a lot of cool local chapters (Louisville chapter is a pretty sweet Midwest club), and now us! 

Go Cleveland! Let’s show the country that we’re waaaay cooler (and smarter) than they think we are.