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How to Make Cheeseburger Cupcakes
I came across this idea a couple days ago online, and decided to give them a try as my contribution to a pot luck picnic we were invited to. I found a great tutorial online, but ended up doing mine a little bit different. So, I thought I'd share my own process here! These are super fun to make and eat, and I thought was a timely post for all of the Memorial Day weekend parties or upcoming barbecue's you may be hosting or attending! Enjoy!

Posted by Gretchen F. from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States • Published See Gretchen F.'s 14 projects »
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  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 1
    Step 1

    Bake a batch of vanilla...

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 2
    Step 2

    and a batch of chocolate cupcakes, according to package directions (or recipe if you make them from scratch)

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 3
    Step 3

    Slice open the vanilla cupcakes with a very sharp knife.

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 4
    Step 4

    (These will be the buns)

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 5
    Step 5

    Slice the "burger patties" from the chocolate cupcakes. The other tutorial I read used the tops, but I figure, hamburger patties are more flat, not domed on the top. So, I cut off the top and used the bottom.

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 6
    Step 6

    You want about a half inch of patty. I found that mine looked best when cut about a half inch up from the bottom. I tossed all my un-used cupcake pieces into a zip-loc baggie and put them in the freezer...I figure they'll be great when I need a little cake fix or ice cream topping down the road. I hate to waste cake!

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 7
    Step 7

    Squirt some frosting to the bottom bun. This will be your "glue" to hold the patty to the bun. It doesn't really matter what color you use because you won't see it. In hindsight, I think I would have liked to use a can of chocolate frosting here...it's brown to blend in with the burger patty, plus I could have frosted all the cupcake tops that aren't used!

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 8
    Step 8

    Stick the burger patty to the "glue."

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 9
    Step 9

    Time to make the "cheese." I used the frosting tip that looks like a long slot, with yellow frosting.

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 10
    Step 10

    Make a square to represent the cheese slice. Keep in mind that you'll probably only see the 4 corners, like you would on a real cheeseburger. So, make sure the corners stick out far enough so they are seen once you put the top bun on.

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 11
    Step 11

    For the lettuce I used a tip like this to make it extra "leafy:"

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 12
    Step 12

    Just squeeze on some green for lettuce....I made sure it stuck out on the flat sides of the cheese slice.

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 13
    Step 13

    I used the tip with just a round hole for the ketchup. In the end you'll just want to make sure that some of each color extends on or past the edges of the "meat," and that there's still enough on the center/top for the top bun to stick to:

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 14
    Step 14

    Set the top bun on...

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 15
    Step 15

    The tutorial I read used orange juice to make the sesame seeds stick. However, I felt that mixing the visual of burgers with the taste of cake was confusing enough to the taste buds to also add fruit flavor to the mix. I took a suggestion posted by another person online, and mixed up some simple sugar instead. Just mix together 1 part water with 2 parts sugar. (I used 1 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp sugar and had more than enough)

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 16
    Step 16

    Brush a little simple sugar on the top bun with a basting brush.

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 17
    Step 17

    Sprinkle on the sesame seeds. Promise me you won't leave out this step...they really MAKE the whole thing! They don't really taste like anything so they won't affect the flavor.

  • How to decorate a food shaped cake. Cheeseburger Cupcakes - Step 18
    Step 18

    This is optional, but I thought it was a good idea to set them in little paper liners, not only to make it less messy for people to pick up and eat, but because they look like real burger wrappers.

    And you're done! :-) Now if you can figure out how to make the main course look like dessert, you'll REALLY confuse your kids!

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Maya
Maya
Those look cute and yummy.
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Mani "m&mz" p.
Mani "m&mz" p. · 1 project
That looks good
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Kelly H.
Kelly H.
To make your main dish look like a dessert, make meatloaf cupcakes. Cook your meatloaf in muffin tins and "frost" with mashed potatoes, "sprinkle" with crumbled bacon and shredded cheese!
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Abby W.
Abby W. · St Louis, Missouri, US · 16 projects
SO AMAZING!! They look oerfect.
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Jessica D.
Jessica D. · Kilsby, England, GB · 7 projects
I am always looking for new cupcake ideas to make. this is next in my list to make!
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Gabrielle
Gabrielle · 7 projects
these are perfect to bake with a friend. thanks for making our afternoon fun!
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Jenna  D.
Jenna D.
there so adorable!
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Nicole C.
Nicole C. · 3 projects
I love how yours turned out I did mine for the fourth of july, the same way you did yours.
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dorothy
dorothy · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 2 projects
What a cute idea! I skipped the sesame seeds, but they still turned out amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe, I will definately make these again!
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breleigh
breleigh · 2 projects
thats so cute my version will b coming soon
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