DIY TUTORIAL: How to Make Hamburger Cupcakes

by Jillian Leslie on

I have been a fan of the hamburger cupcake for some time. Once they started popping up on our main site, I was sold! So how excited was I when Jodie from Party NV said I could repost her hamburger cupcake tutorial. Thank you, Jodie!

I always thought these were hard to make, but take a look at this tutorial and you will soon discover they are actually quite easy.  And talk about giving your party that cool "wow" factor...

Before you get started here's what you'll need:


  • 1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 Box Yellow/Vanilla/Butter Cake Mix {don't use white as it won't look like a real bun}
  • {water, oil & eggs per mix}
  • Frosting {not too creamy or it may soften and spread, thick or stiffer frosting works best}
  •   *You'll need Green, Red & Yellow and can either buy a tub of frosting and color it or buy the tubes of frosting already mixed in those colors {this is easiest}
  • Fondant tinted the color of cheese, if you want cheeseburgers {I make my own marshmallow fondant}
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Orange Juice
  • Cupcake Pan(s) {Don't forget the shortening for the pans}
  • Serrated Knife
  • Cupcake Liners {To hold the finished burgers}
  • Basting or Paint Brush
  • Frosting Decorator Bags & Tips, #4 and #103 {Unless you buy the pre-tinted tubes}
  • Square Cookie Cutter
  • Spatula
Okay let's get started....

First you need to mix your cake batter together {ok, ok... I know you knew that, I was just testing you!}

Bake your cupcakes per the directions, one batch of each flavor {typically a box will yield 24 cupcakes}  I suggest baking them right in the pan, no papers.  This saves on paper waste, since you will have to remove them once they are baked anyway, and it saves on cake waste, since the cupcakes don't seem to rise as high when baked directly in the pan!

Once the cupcakes are done, remove them from the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes or so, then remove them from the pan {if you greased your pans properly they should just pop out} and let them cool for about another 30 minutes.

Now comes the fun part!!!!  For each Burger Cake you'll need 1 Yellow cupcake and 1 Chocolate cupcake.  Take the yellow cupcakes and use your serrated knife to cut them in half {removing the top from the bottom}.  Set both halves aside for now.

Next, you'll need to cut the tops off of the chocolate cupcakes, this will become the "burger".  The bottoms you can either eat, scrap, or use to make cake pops!  YUMMY!

Once you have the cupcakes cut you can begin assembling them.

First, take a cupcake liner and place the bottom half of the yellow cake in it, cut side up {this will be the bottom bun of your burger cake}.

Then, squirt some green frosting all over it, allowing it to over hang the sides some, using the #103 tip {this will be the lettuce and also holds the Burger Cake together}.

Next, place a chocolate cupcake top {burger} on top of the green frosting {lettuce}, squishing is down some.

At this point you can either add cheese or not.  If you want to add cheese then you will need to roll out your fondant to the desired thickness and cut with your square cookie cutter.

Then place the cheese on top of your burger....

Now all that's left to do is squirt the red and yellow frosting all over the top like ketchup and mustard, using the #4 tip.  I found using a circular motion worked great and allowed for some of the frosting to drip over the edges.

Then place the top portion of the yellow cupcake on top and brush with some orange juice...

...sprinkle with sesame seeds {they really add to the realistic look and don't affect the flavor}.  VIOLA!  Cheeseburger Cakes are served!

Leave plain or top with custom cupcake toppers to enhance your occasion.  Party NV can design the perfect toppers for you, for whatever the occasion!

Jodie, these are incredible! Thank you for the tutorial!

Please check out Jodie's beautiful parties on our main site, and to learn even more about Jodie and what inspires her, please visit her blog, Party NV.

Also, stay tuned for my upcoming post on how to make hamburgers out of cookies!!



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    Alia wrote:

    OMG!! This is soooo creative! And they look sooooooooo good!

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    Jodie wrote:

    Thank you for sharing!! I can't wait to see the cookies :) I've also seen cakepops decorated like burgers... If I can remember where I saw them I will let you know!

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    Jessie wrote:

    I saw these in the store the other day, but yours look so much more appetizing! Awesome job! One day I will try to make some too!

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    Rachel wrote:

    Those are incredible! I love the buns! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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    Sherry Brogdon wrote:

    These hamburger cupcakes look super cool!