Hamburger Cupcakes

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It was my brother’s birthday this week, and a tradition we have is to get a homemade cake on our birthdays, so it was time to get the baking tools out again.  I have started to share the responsibility of birthday cake making with my mom, so I took on my brothers birthday cake.  Thing was, I was bored of doing the traditional round layered cakes and wanted to do something that was different and fun.  He is too old for cakes made in the shape of TV or movie characters, so after having a look through my pinterest boards, I found the idea to make hamburgers out of cupcakes. Genius! I thought they were cute and fun, and I always jump at an opportunity where I get to use my creative skills when working with cake and decorating.

The picture I saw had used brown frosting as the “meat” part of the burger, but I decided that instead I would use brownies to make it look more realistic. And as you can see from the pictures, I think they turned out pretty well in fact. It still amazes me how much you can do and create with cake.  Also it is astounding how long something like this actually takes to make (from scratch!), but nevertheless I find it to be very relaxing and therapeutic. And a bonus…it brings smiles to peoples’ faces when they see and eat the little creations.

Now lets get down to the details, the “bun” is a simple vanilla cupcake and you can find the recipe hereJust add sesame seeds on top of the batter before baking so that your cupcakes look like real hamburger buns once they are baked.

Ingredients for the vanilla cupcakes
Ingredients for the vanilla cupcakes
I used an ice-cream scoop to make sure each cupcake was the same size
I used an ice-cream scoop to make sure each cupcake was the same size

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The “meat” was made from the Hummingbird Bakery traditional brownies (which on their own are amazing too!), and you can find the recipe here. It was such an easy and quick recipe to make that I don’t think I will use the packet brownie mixes anymore.

Ingredients for the brownies.
Ingredients for the brownies.
Melting the chocolate & butter for the brownie mixture.
Melting the chocolate & butter for the brownie mixture.
Use a round cookie cutter, but since I couldn't find one I used a tupperware lid & a knife (old school method).
Use a round cookie cutter, but since I couldn’t find one I used a tupperware lid & a knife (old school method).

After you have made the cupcakes and the brownies, its then time to make all the condiments and other hamburger filings you want to add.  I chose for the condiments, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise, and the extras I chose to do were lettuce and bacon.  All these of course are not real but are in fact frosting, coconut and starbursts made to resemble the real thing.

Frosting condiments
Frosting condiments
I dyed shredded coconut green to look like lettuce.
I dyed shredded coconut green to look like lettuce.
Bacon made from starburst that I dyed red and rolled out.
Bacon made from starburst that I dyed red and rolled out.

Next comes the assembly of these delicious burgers.  First you need to take each cupcake out of its case and cut it in half.

IMG_2668Then on the top half put a dollop of the white frosting and on the bottom half, using a piping bag, squirt some of the red and yellow frosting. Don’t be afraid if they look messy of go down the side, it makes them look more authentic.

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IMG_2681Next add the dyed shredded coconut, add as little or as much as you like.

IMG_2689Add a brownie patty on top of the coconut and add another layer of red and yellow frosting. This is when you also add the starburst “bacon” because it needs the frosting to hold it in place. Think of the frosting as edible glue that will keep the hamburger standing in one piece.

Starting to take form now.
Starting to take form now.

Finally place the top half of the cupcake on top and press down firmly but gently to ensure that every element gets stuck together.  Now time to tuck in and enjoy these tasty treats!

Yummy!
Yummy!

And let me just say, my brother really enjoyed this little surprise on his birthday.

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