How To Make Burger Cupcakes

  • 01 of 07

    The Sweetest Disguise: Burger Cupcakes

    You may have seen the new look of the Hamburglar, but the sweetest disguise is a cupcake that looks like a burger. I first saw a burger cupcake back in 2008 at a luncheon. Clare Crespo, the author of one of the first cupcake craft book, Hey There, Cupcake, made these burger cupcakes.  Everyone who attended were in awe of the cupcakes, and the burger cupcake went viral.  These awesome cupcakes are actually fairly easy to make if you have the time, the patience and some food coloring. 

    These cupcakes are great for summer cookouts or any time you want to impress friends and family.

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  • 02 of 07

    First, Bake The Cupcakes: Chocolate And Vanilla

    Jonathan Lovekin

    As much as I am a proponent of scratch baking, cupcake crafting is one exception to the rule.  Cupcakes can be a canvas for creativity. These burger cupcakes are just as delicious using box cake mixes.  Two things that are essential to successful cake mix baking is to make sure that the mix has a good expiration date and that the you don't over mix the cupcake batter. If you prefer to bake from scratch, there are recipes for chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. 

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  • 03 of 07

    Let Cupcakes Be Cool and Naked

    Cupcakes in Silicone Baking Cups. Ray Ives/Getty

    Burger cupcakes don't have to made all at once. In fact it is better to bake the cupcakes the night before so that they have cooled completely before slicing and assembly.  Most professional cake decorators bake cakes two or three days in advance of decorating and assembly. Another thing is that burger cupcakes are naked until assembly. No need to make the frosting ahead of time.  You can do it the day of assembly.  Keep the cupcakes in a freezer bag so that they stay fresh.

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  • 04 of 07

    The Frosting is Key

    Frosting. Alexandra Rowley / Getty Images

    For as much as the burger cupcake assembly is important, the frosting is key.  For this step, I suggest to not use store-bought frosting unless there's a brand you really like. Instead make vanilla buttercream frosting from scratch. Here's a recipe for vanilla buttercream frosting.

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  • 05 of 07

    Food Coloring Brings The Burger Cupcakes Alive

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    As Dr. Frankenstein creates the monster with the help of electricity, you can only create the burger cupcakes with the help of food coloring.  The red makes the ketchup. The yellow makes the mustard.  The green makes the lettuce.  You can take it one step further by using shredded coconut and green food coloring to make a more crunchy lettuce.  

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  • 06 of 07

    Toast The Sesame Seeds, Please

    Jean-Blaise Hall

    If you toast the sesame seeds, it will bring out the nutty sweet flavor of them.  Lay them on a cookie sheet and let toast for 10 minutes.  Let them cool completely before topping the burger cupcakes.  Lightly dampen burger “lids” with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds so they stick a little on top. 

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  • 07 of 07

    Making The Burger, Hold The Pickles

    Duncan Hines

    When vanilla cupcakes are cool, cut them in half horizontal-wise using a bagel knifeor a serrated knife to create the bun.  For the chocolate cupcakes, cut them in half horizontal-wise and save the cupcake top as the “meat.” You can discard the bottoms of the cupcakes.  Or you can save them and use them later for cupcake trifles (cupcakes in a jar).

    Use the vanilla cupcake halves as the buns. Layer with the chocolate cupcake tops to make the burger meat.