Ever wondered what it's like to sink your teeth into a sizzling Krabby Patty from SpongeBob SquarePants? Wish you could try one of Chef's infamous Chocolate Salty Balls, as immortalized on South Park? Wonder no more. Some brave culinary masters have created real-life cartoon food, taking the most delicious animated dishes from cartoons and bringing them into three-dimensional reality.
These internet chefs aren't afraid to let their geeky fandom show. They certainly got the spark they needed to explore the real flavors behind the fictional food. Their cartoon foods brought to life are incredibly impressive, and these sweet cakes and pies and savory specialties are sure to make your mouth water.
From petite pastries to full-blown meals, cooks go all-out when it comes to recreating foods from these smash-hit animated movies and TV shows. Next time you hear your tummy rumbling while you're tuning into Stephen Universe or The Simpsons, cook up some recipes for cartoon food and get snacking.
Homer Simpson’s Donut From The Simpsons
Any fan of The Simpsons knows that Homer goes absolutely nuts for donuts with a pretty pink glaze. Make some mouthwatering confections that Homer himself would be drooling over with this recipe from Let's Eat Fiction!
- 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup all-vegetable shortening
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk, warmed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 2 (1/4 oz) packets instant yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Flour for dusting
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Parchment paper
- 1 (15-16 oz) tub of ready-made frosting in hot pink
- Rainbow sprinkles
Whisk the flour, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
Put the shortening in a second bowl. Heat the milk in a microwave or on the stovetop, then pour over the shortening and whisk until the shortening is melted.
Pour warm water (110 F) into a third bowl, and sprinkle both packets of yeast on top. Add the sugar, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, pour in the milk and shortening mixture. Add the eggs and the rest of the sugar, and mix on low with an electric mixer. Mix in half of the flour mixture, then add in the rest of the flour mixture and mix on low for 1 minute. Move the speed up to medium and mix for 3-4 more minutes. Cover the finished dough with a plate and let it rise for an hour.
Cut some parchment paper into 4-inch squares.
After the dough has doubled in size, dump it out onto a flour-covered surface. Knead it for two minutes until it is no longer sticky. Cut it in half, and roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out circles using a 3-inch cookie or biscuit cutter, and add center holes with a 1-inch cutter. Put the cut doughnuts onto the parchment paper squares.
Add about 2 inches of oil in a large pot, and heat to 365 F. Heat the donuts in the oil until golden brown, making sure to flip them. Once they're fried, let them drain on a paper towel-covered plate, and cool them on a rack for 10-15 minutes.
Remove the lid and seal from the tub of icing, and heat in the microwave until it's liquid. Spoon the frosting over the donuts and top with rainbow sprinkles. Let them set for about 15 minutes, and enjoy.
Poutine On The Ritz From Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers is filled with appetizing treats, but if you've got a craving for something sopped with gravy, this one's for you. Bon Appetit's recipe for Bob's Poutine on the Ritz burger is downright indulgent.
- 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ medium onion, sliced
- ½ medium shallot, sliced
- ½ medium leek, white and pale-green parts only, sliced
- 1 garlic clove, smashed
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- 2 cups veal demi-glace or homemade veal stock
- 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon green peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
- 2 sprigs parsley
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pound frozen, wide-cut steak fries, fried as directed
- Unsalted butter, room temperature (for buns)
- 4 sesame seed buns, split
- Vegetable oil for pan
- 1½ pounds ground beef chuck (20% fat)
- Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- Mayonnaise, dill pickle slices, cheddar cheese curds or halloumi, and chopped chives for serving
Cover the mushrooms with boiling water in a small bowl, and let them sit until they're tender. Strain the mushrooms and save the soaking liquid.
Melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook until the mixture is deep golden brown and smells nutty (about 2-4 minutes). Set this mixture aside.
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, shallots, leeks, and garlic and stir until they're caramelized (about 10-12 minutes). Add the tomato paste and cook for another minute or two. Add the mushrooms and their soaking liquid, demi-glace, black and green peppercorns, vinegar, Worchestershire, parsley, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain this stock into a large bowl and toss the solids.
Put the stock back in a suacepan and bring to a boil. Whisk in the flour mixture (roux) from earlier and stir until the gravy is thick and smooth (about 2-3 minutes). Butter and toast the buns in a large griddle or cast-iron skillet.
Heat the griddle or skillet until very hot and lightly brush it with oil. Divide the beef into 4 equal portions (not patties), and transfer each to the griddle. Smash them to form imperfect patties. Season with salt and pepper and cook until they're browned around the edges (about 2 minutes). Turn and repeat on the other side.
Transfer each patty to a bun, and garnish as desired with toppings and the gravy. Just don't forget the fries!
Bacon Pancakes From Adventure Time
It's just as easy (and delicious!) as Jake the Dog says: you make some bacon and you put it in a pancake! This is simple and mouth-watering breakfast from The Geeky Chef is perfect for any venturing hero.
- 10 strips of bacon, fried until crispy
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter, plus extra for frying
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- Pinch of salt
- Maple syrup for serving
Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the melted butter and buttermilk together, then add the egg. Combine the flour mixture with the buttermilk mixture and whisk until they're combined and free of lumps.
Melt some additional butter on a large skillet, and add bacon strips with space between each. Pour the batter down each bacon strip until it is covered. Make sure to leave space between each cake!
Cook until the batter bubbles, then flip. Serve the pancakes drizzled with maple syrup.
Chocolate Salty Balls From South Park
Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls might sound suspect, but thanks to The Geeky Chef, in real life they're an awesome treat.
- 2/3 cup salted butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- Coarse sea salt, to taste
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Stir the butter, sugar, and brandy in a saucepan until they come to a boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in two cups of chocolate chips until melted. Let the mixture cool a bit, then add the vanilla.
Beat the eggs in a separate large bowl, then add the chocolate and mix it all together.
Mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together, and mix it into the chocolate mixture. Add the remaining chocolate chips, and spread the mix into a greased baking pan. Bake the mixture for 35-45 minutes.
Let the baked mixture cool, and sprinkle a cutting board with sea salt. Then, scrape up the mixture and shape it into one-inch balls. Roll the balls lightly in the salt, and enjoy!