Okay, so Pinterest has been exploding with these hamburger cupcakes lately and I just had to give them a try. It was a perfect opportunity to play around with something new.
I found the inspiration (and instructions) from Bakerella. The author has even included printables to make the accessories which is pretty awesome.
Before you attempt to make these, I just want to warn you that these suckers are very time consuming (it took me a good 6 hours) and challenging. That being said, I learned a lot during the process – mainly that my patience is lacking and that my baking skills aren’t as good as I thought they were.
For those of you who are still going to attempt to make them, here are a few tips/hacks that you might benefit from:
- If you’re like me you don’t have printer ink when you need it most. Instead of printing the accessory patterns out, I used disposable baking loaf pans and gingham napkins
- I also took an old pillow box and cut it down to a more appropriate size for the fries
- There’s nothing wrong with using cake and brownie mix. Really … it’s encouraged!
- Use cupcake liners instead of putting batter directly into the muffin pan. I find this helps to keep the colour fairly consistent
- Fill the cupcake liners 1/3 of the way. This way the cupcakes won’t grow too tall and you can avoid having to cut out some of the middle afterwards
- Don’t forget the suggestion to lightly brush a bit of water on the top of each bun and then apply the seeds. I totally forgot to do this and my seeds went everywhere but the bun
- Rather than fumbling around with cutting out patties from baked brownie batter, I greased my muffin tin and put one heaping tablespoon of brownie batter in each mould. This helped to ensure that the patties would be a suitable size for the buns since they were also prepared using the same moulds
- When you’re done baking the patties, allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Then use a butterknife to gently pry them out of the moulds and put on a cooling rack until they’ve completely cooled down
- I started out hoping to make mustard and ended up with something that looked more like cheese (it’s all good though). If you want to make cheese, add several drops of yellow food colouring to the icing and stir in. You may have to keep adding yellow drops until you get a darker colour but do it gradually. Once you’ve achieved a good yellow, add 1 drop of red food colouring and stir. Keep adding a drop and stirring until you get the desired orange colour
- If you’d like to make mustard rather than cheese I’d recommend using Wilton Golden Yellow food coloring to get a rich yellow. Just mix a few drop at a time into white icing
- To make the ketchup you can mix a few drops of Wilton Christmas Red in white icing. Alternatively, you can use Cake Mate icing in red to save you some time
- You can make lettuce by mixing in a few drops of green food colouring to the white icing. Or if you want lettuce that looks realistic, get 3/4 cup of thick shredded coconut, place in ziplock back, add 2-3 droops of green food colouring, close bag and shake around until nicely coated. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Remember the goal is to make it look like real shredded lettuce
- I found that putting the batter in the freezer for a bit made it easier to work with. Though Bakerella suggests that you don’t use flour, without it I found that the dough was too sticky
- The instructions suggest that you remove alternating fries before baking. I found this very difficult to do since the dough was too sticky. If you’re having trouble removing strips, pop the tray into the freezer for 10 minutes and then try again. I must warn you that this was a very challenging process for me and I only ended up making half of the batch
- For fries that look more realistic and crispy, leave in the oven a little longer than directed but keep an eye out. The key is to have them golden brown, not looking like strips of a burger patty
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