How To: Make Cheeseburger Cupcakes

A cupcake in a slider's clothing.
A cupcake in a slider's clothing.
Photo by Ginny Braud

Behold the cheeseburger cupcake. I brought these to a party back in June, and one guy took a bite, made a face, and set it back down. Not because it wasn't a damn good cupcake, mind you, but I suppose I should have made it clear that they were not beef sliders. Needless to say, I was offended when he put the cupcake (missing a big bite) back with the others. Come on, man. Maybe I shouldn't get so emotionally invested in my baked goods.

They're perfect for a Labor Day pot-luck picnic or backyard barbecue. Just make sure guests know they're sweet, not savory, treats. I found the recipe on Cut Out & Keep, a craft tutorials site, but modified it a bit because I wanted to use dyed coconut for "lettuce."

What you need:

  • White baking cups
  • Frosting: Red & yellow
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 bag of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Sesame seeds
  • Melted butter
  • Yellow cake mix
  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Oil
  • Eggs
  • Sugar

Recipe:

1. Make 1 batch of yellow cake cupcakes and 1 batch of chocolate cupcakes according to the box directions.

2. While your cupcakes are baking, you can make the "lettuce"! Put a couple of large handfuls of coconut in a Ziplock bag, add a few drops of green food coloring, seal the bag tightly and shake it like shake n' bake. Add more coconut or food coloring until you've achieved desired color. Spread out on paper towel to dry. *If you're not a coconut fan, you can skip this step and use green icing for the lettuce.

2. After cupcakes have cooled, carefully slice the yellow cupcakes in half with a very sharp knife as these will be the "buns." Slice the muffin tops off the chocolate cupcakes as these will be the "patties." You really can use the muffin tops or bottoms as the patties, it's up to you.

3. Dab a little frosting on the bottom of your yellow cake bun (to "glue") and place the patty on top.

4. Add yellow frosting in a square shape on top of the patty to represent the cheese slice.

5. Add squiggly lines of red frosting on top of the cheese to represent ketchup.

6. Place a small amount of your green coconut "lettuce" on top of the yellow and red frosting.

7. Place your top bun on.

8. Brush a little melted butter on the bun and sprinkle a few sesame seeds on top. This step is key for the visual effect and they honestly don't taste like anything.

9. Place each cheeseburger cupcake in a baking cup and serve!

Cheeseburger cupcakes in action, foolin' everybody!
Cheeseburger cupcakes in action, foolin' everybody!
Photo by Ginny Braud

Don't you just love food in disguise?



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