Cupcake Hamburgers

These are the cutest little cupcakes and I knew as soon as I saw them that I had to make them for Daniel’s birthday. They are a cheating cake but the effort involved in assembly makes up for the fact that you use packet cakes.


1 packet of vanilla cupcakes (Greens or Betty Crocker both work well)

1 packet brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker reduced fat brownies)

1 tub pre made vanilla icing ( I used Duncan Hines)

Red, green and yellow food colouring

Sesame seeds

Other ingredients you need to make the packet mixes

Bake cupcakes as per instructions and cool completely. Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake brownies as per instructions, in a larger tray than recommended or use less of the mixture so the brownie “patties” aren’t too thick. Cool brownies. Cut the base out of a cupcake liner and use this to cut around the brownies in a circular shape to make patty. Cut in half through the middle if they are too thick. Remove cupcake liners from the cupcakes and cut in half using a serrated knife. Divide the icing between 3 small bowls, about half a cup each for red and yellow and more for the green. Mix in approximately 10 drops of each food colouring and stir, adjust colour to suit your preference. Spoon icing into zip lock bags and seal, snip off a small amount from the corner of the bag. Place brownie disk onto base of cupcake, pipe a thin wiggly line of yellow icing around the edge of the brownie, followed by the same with the red icing. Then with the green icing, pipe a thicker line around the edge of the brownie and then squiggle some over the top of the brownie to help the top part of the “bun” stick. Stick the top of the bun on very carefully and place on serving plate or into container being careful not to touch the “sauce”.  Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

I absolutely loved these cupcakes, I think they are just so cute and would be perfect for a themed party. Daniel loved them, so did our colleagues at work. The cute size and their relative likeness to a real hamburger makes them all the more fun and exciting to eat. They have the usual packet cake mix flavour and the brownie mixture was surprisingly good. There was a lot of brownie left over that I brought into work and it was demolished in a couple of days. It is really hard to get the red colour to be red, mine was more of a dark pink, I used about 10 drops of red food colouring but it wouldn’t take.

These cupcakes would be ideal to bake with kids, providing an adult did all the cutting. The icing is easiest to use in zip lock bags but if you had lots of piping bags with small tips that would work well too. The tops of the cupcakes become sticky after a few days because of the milk that is brushed on the top, this doesn’t affect the taste at all, just results in messy fingers, so eat within 2 days if you want to avoid this. I highly recommend making these if you get the chance, the original “recipe” came from and she made sugar cookie fries to go with it, which would be great for a kids party or even an adults 50’s diner themed party.


Love Sonia


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