Prep time: 2 hours (because of everything being made from scratch).

Baking time: 2 hours (cakes), 1 hour (burger/dogs) 10 mins (Grill)

Assembling time: 1 hour

Total time: a little over 6 hours.

I made this homemade BBQ charcoal grill cake for my husband’s work, they were having a BBQ. So I came to this website for some ideas and here’s mine:

I made two ½ sheets layered made-from-scratch carrot cake (I am feeding 50+) I put non-colored cream cheese icing between the layers. I cut out the center of the top layer about 1 cm down to create a “hole”. I then iced in homemade cream cheese frosting with a little bit of black “Soft Gel Paste Food Color” to make it gray.

The “charcoal” is made up of mini-marshmallows, the black food dye, and a tsp of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Put in plastic bag and shake till marshmallows are evenly coated. I had to use a glove to disperse the marshmallows evenly.

The grill is made up of melting chocolate with some black food dye and a bit of vegetable shortening. Then put in a cookie dough press and free-handed the grill. Make sure the chocolate is HOT.

The hamburgers and hot-dogs were made beforehand as I didn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen.

The hamburgers are made of Chocolate Rice Crispie Treats. I made these by hand so I could dye the melted marshmallows with brown food dye and Hershey’s Syrup. Then I used a cookie cutter to cut them out. I left the one that fell apart like that because sometimes the burgers do come apart on the grill.

The hot-dogs are made of melted then formed Tootsie Rolls & Starbursts. I didn’t have enough cherry (as mentioned by other people) so I used Strawberry & Lemon too. I made sure that there were an equal amount of Starbursts & Tootsie Rolls.

I then put the “grill marks” by using black gel icing. This homemade BBQ charcoal grill cake will be served with an actual BBQ spatula.