This Hamburger Cake is such a fun dessert for summer barbecues, birthday parties or picnics. Layers of yellow cake with bright frostings in the middle make it look just like a giant hamburger!
For my husband’s birthday one year I did a “summer grilling” theme. This was a really fun hamburger birthday cake that went along perfectly with the theme. Since then we’ve made this cake at 4th of July barbecues, birthday parties and even when the kids want to help me bake something. They love squirting red and yellow frosting to make ketchup and mustard, and I have to say, it looks pretty darn real! Try it for your next summer cookout and see how much fun it is!
How to Make the Cake look Like a Hamburger
Here are a few tips to making this cake look like a real hamburger. It’s so fun looks so real that my eyes definitely play tricks on me!
- Sprinkle the top of the cake with sesame seeds. You can’t taste them and they really make the “bun” look realistic.
- When you frost the “burger” layer of chocolate cake, you can sprinkle a little extra cocoa powder around the sides to mix up the color and make it look more like a grilled patty.
- Use fondant to create lettuce, onions and cheese. See the recipe card below for instructions on how to make it look real. It’s actually very simple to do. For a quick and easy fondant, use our homemade fondant recipe. It’s also cheap – only 4 ingredients.
- You can even make these into mini burgers by making cupcakes. Follow the same process, but just cut the cupcakes in half and layer in the “burger” patty, lettuce, cheese, ketchup and mustard. So cute!
More Sweet Cakes to Try
If you like this recipe, you’ll have to try our April Fools Day Mini Burgers made with ‘nilla wafers, mini peppermint patties and frosting. They’re so fun to make with the kids too! Or try some of these favorite cake recipes:
- Ridiculously Delicious Chocolate Cake
- Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Frosting
- Easy Chocolate Cake with Cherry Topping
- Raspberry Lemon Jello Poke Cake
- White Chocolate Raspberry Cake (Nothing Bundt Cake Copycat)
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
How to Make a Sweet Hamburger Cake
- First, start with one of your prepared yellow cakes. This will be the bottom part of your bun.
- Next, frost one of the chocolate cakes with chocolate frosting (sprinkle with cocoa powder to mix up the color if you want). You can use both of the chocolate cakes on the burger-cake if you want or you can frost the other chocolate cake and serve it separately. I did it separately because I thought a double-burger-cake would be a little too huge.
- Place the chocolate cake on the "bottom bun". Mix in some yellow/red food coloring into some of the fondant (about 3/4 c. worth) to make a nice orange cheesy color. Roll out the fondant really flat, cut into a large square, and place over the chocolate cake.
- Mix some green food coloring into some of the fondant (maybe a cups worth) and roll it into a long roll (like a snake), flatten out and crinkle using a salad fork or anything you can think of to get that crinkle-y look. Circle it around the cake (as seen below). Color and roll out fondant to make the onions and tomatoes (see picture below) and place over the lettuce.Separate the vanilla frosting into 2 bowls. Color one bright red and the other bright yellow (ketchup and mustard), put in separate plastic bags and snip off a corner so you can frost the cake. Be generous with the "ketchup and mustard" and make it look nice and messy. Carefully place the second yellow cake over the top. Roll out some fondant to look like sesame seeds and sprinkle over the top. That's it! Pretty easy huh?