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Hamburger Cupcakes!


Our creative treats class made delicious hamburger cupcakes and cookie french fries today and I just couldn’t resist putting them on our blog! It’s a great baking activity to do with your kids, or on your own! You could serve these at a party and have your guests build their own hamburger cupcakes. Follow these steps to make your own.


  • 12 vanilla cupcakes
  • 6-12 chocolate cupcakes
  • 1 recipe of sugar dough
  • 3 small brown paper bags
  • 1 bag of coconut
  • Green food colouring
  • Red fondant
  • Orange fondant
  • Sesame seeds
  • Zip lock bag
  • 1 Tsp of Corn Syrup

Step 1: Bake Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes. Make Sugar Dough

We made ours from scratch but you could definitely buy a box of the pre-made mix if you want to save some time. You can find some great cupcake recipes online, here’s a good one for Vanilla Cupcakes and one for Chocolate Cupcakes. One recipe of each will give you 12 hamburgers, with plenty of leftover hamburger patties. Tip: you can bake the cupcakes without the liners to avoid having lines on your cupcakes (we didn’t do this because we have so many kids in the class and it would have resulted in a lot of cleaning)!

ImageAfter the sugar dough had been in the fridge for an hour, we took it out and shaped the dough into french fries. We baked the fries in the oven and kept an eye on them, because you want them to brown perfectly.


Step 2

We used butter knives, in order for the kids to be able to cut their own cupcakes. You could use a sharp bread knife to get perfect cuts and to avoid crumbly cupcakes. You’re going to cut the vanilla cupcakes into halves and the chocolate into thirds. On some vanilla cupcakes you may need to cut a little off the bottom to get the right size bun.

ImageStep 3

Now comes the fun part (as if you weren’t already having fun)! First we’re going to make the “lettuce”. You’ll need your coconut, green food colouring and a zip lock bag.

ImagePut the coconut in the zip lock bag and add some drops of green food colouring, seal the bag up and shake away. Continue to add food colouring until you obtain your desired “lettuce” colour.

Step 4

Next you’re going to add your “tomato” and “cheese”. You can buy pre-coloured fondant or colour the fondant yourself with icing gels. Simply mold the fondant into the shapes you desire. We flattened the cheese and used the sides of the knife to get a square shape. We then made a disc for the tomato. You want to make sure that both shapes are big enough to hang off the hamburger, so you can see it from all sides.


 Step 5

Now you can assemble your hamburger! We used a bit of corn syrup and water to act as glue for the lettuce, so it didn’t fall off the hamburger. We took the extra red fondant that was left and wrapped it up in tin foil to have it look like a dipping container for ketchup. You could also use strawberry sauce or raspberry (without the seeds). Or if you have a salty/sweet tooth just go for the real thing! Finally, put a toothpick through the hamburger to hold everything together and presto, you’ve got delicious hamburger cupcakes!


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Nikki is the owner/director of Seasons Family Centre. She completed a diploma in photography at Fanshawe College, followed by a degree in psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Shortly after she finished a post-graduate diploma at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. Over the next few years she extended her education through various courses in psychology, counselling and play therapy at George Brown College, Hincks Delcrest and Cross Country Education. For the past several years Nikki has been running art programs all across the city of Toronto at various schools, community centres, libraries and private homes. She also runs play therapy groups at Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Offices as well as private art therapy sessions. Nikki has taken several courses in baking and cake decorating through the Wilton certification program.

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