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How to Make a Cake Shaped like a Hamburger

If the burger-lover in your life has a birthday fast approaching, this guide will get their mouth watering with a delicious twist on the average cake.


  • Step 1: Prepare both cake mixes Prepare the white and chocolate cake mixes according to package instructions. Butter the cake pans and the 2-quart bowl. Pour 1 3/4 cups of the white batter into the 8-inch round pan and the remaining mix into the 2-quart bowl. Pour the chocolate batter into the 9-inch pan. Bake to package directions.
  • TIP: Bake the cake in the bowl for at least 40 minutes and up to an hour, until toothpicks stuck into the center come out clean.
  • Step 2: Tint the frosting Divide the vanilla frosting and tint small amounts of it red and yellow to make your ketchup and mustard. Then use the cocoa powder and yellow food coloring to tint the remaining frosting light brown.
  • TIP: You can also use red and yellow piping gel to create the mustard and ketchup appearance.
  • Step 3: Remove the cakes Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool on a cooling rack before frosting.
  • Step 4: Frost the patty Frost the 8-inch cake with chocolate frosting to create your burger patty. Tap the sides and top of the cake with a spatula to give it a rough, burger-like appearance.
  • Step 5: Frost the top and bottom cakes Frost the bowl shaped cake with the brown frosting and top it with pine nuts for sesame seeds. Frost the top of the 9-inch cake with the red and yellow frostings.
  • Step 6: Roll out the candy Roll out the lime candy to 1/8 inch and pinch the ends to simulate lettuce leaves. Do the same for the orange candy, but trim it into squares to simulate cheese slices.
  • TIP: Dust your cutting board or work surface with sugar to prevent sticking.
  • Step 7: Build the burger cake Stack the chocolate patty on top of the bottom bun with the red and yellow frosting, top it with the lime and orange slices, and finish with the bowl-shaped bun on top to create your burger cake.
  • FACT: McDonald's restaurants in India were the first to serve an all-vegetarian fast food menu.

You Will Need

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Red food coloring
  • Cocoa powder
  • 3/4 c. chocolate frosting
  • Pine nuts
  • 12 lime candy squares
  • 12 orange candy squares
  • Sugar
  • Equipment:
  • 8-in. round pan
  • 2-qt. bowl
  • 9-in. round pan
  • Cooling rack
  • Yellow piping gel (optional)
  • Red piping gel (optional)
  • Sugar for dusting (optional)

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