^^I love cheeseburgers. I could probably eat them everyday for the rest of my life. I also love cupcakes, so this merger is one of my favorites. I first made it years ago for my family on Father's Day and everyone loved it! With summer coming around, I couldn't wait to whip these out again!^^
^^Here are all my tools. Since I'm in Oregon, I had to improvise on my cookie cutter (an aerosol cap!) and just used ziploc's instead of icing bags. Feel free to use any brownie or cake recipe! I didn't use cupcake liners since I wanted to mimic the texture of a bun, but I left them in a little too long and the edges got a little brown. I'd recommend watching them the last 5-10 minutes to prevent this!^^
^^Use your cookie cutter to cut out brownies around the same size as your cupcakes^^
^^I recommend using a 7x11 (or 9x13!) pan for the brownies. I used a 8x8 square and thought they were a bit too thick. I love how the top of the brownies mimic the surface of a real burger!
^^Slice your cupcakes in half and brush the tops with water and sprinkle on some sesame seeds^^
^^Put a brownie burger in your bun--^^
^^And you got a plain hamburger! But we can do better^^
^^Separate your icing into 3 separate bowls and mix the partioned icings to yellow, green and red accordingly. Spoon them into icing (or plastic!) bags and cut the tip off for easy application^^
^^Since I wanted the yellow to mimic cheese, I tried to copy the shape of a slice of cheese. Since the outsides are what will be showing, I didn't put a lot of icing on the inside of the square^^
^^Next, green was my lettuce. Again, I tried to mimic the lettuce shape with my squiggles!^^
^^Last, the ketchup/tomato. I just tried to stick this in a place that would still show outside of the other two colors! I also placed a nice dollup in the middle to even out the icing for the topper.^^
^^Sandwich together and you're done!^^
Mhmm these are making me hungry! Besides Father's Day, I think they'd be adorable for any BBQ cookout, sporting event, or on something like 4th of July. They are pretty easy to make and über festive-- people always go crazy for them! I hope you get a similar reaction!