Hamburger Cake

This is a wonderful cake that looks just like a giant hamburger. It is always a delightful hit at a party.


16 servings


1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
red paste food coloring
yellow paste food coloring
brown paste food coloring
2 cups prepared vanilla frosting
3/4 cup prepared chocolate frosting
24 orange chewy fruit-flavored candy squares
12 leaf-shaped spearmint gumdrops
3 large red gumdrops
4 large white gumdrops
6 candy lime slices
1 tablespoon sesame seeds


Preheat oven according to cake mix directions. Grease one 8-inch round and one 9-inch round cake pan with Pan Release or cooking spray.

Prepare cake mixes. Pour 1 3/4 cups of the white mix into the 8 inch round cake pan, and the rest into a 2-quart oven-safe bowl. Pour 1 3/4 cups of the chocolate mix into the 9 inch round pan.

Bake the 8-inch cake for 25 minutes, the 9-inch cake for 20 minutes and the bowl cake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on cooling racks.

In separate small bowls, tint small amounts of vanilla frosting red and yellow, to use as ketchup and mustard. Tint remaining 3/4 cup vanilla frosting light brown, using brown and yellow food coloring.

For bun bottom: Frost the 8 inch cake with light brown frosting.

For hamburger patty: Spread top and sides of 9 inch chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Lightly press all around sides of cake with folded paper towel, pulling towel straight out to create rough edge of burger. Center cake on top of bun bottom.

For cheese: Arrange orange fruit chews in single layer on microwave-safe plate. Microwave on HIGH 10 to 15 seconds or until slightly softened. With hands, press and flatten chews together to form 9 inch square. Place on top of hamburger patty.

For lettuce: On work surface sprinkled with granulated sugar roll out 5 leaf-shaped gumdrops to 1/8 inch thickness to form 1 large lettuce leaf; repeat rolling with 6 more gumdrops to form another leaf. Arrange over cheese near edges of burger.

For tomatoes: Roll out red gumdrops individually to 1/8 inch thickness. Arrange over lettuce around burger edges.

For onion rings: Roll out white gumdrops to 1/8 inch thickness. With round cookie cutters or sharp knife cut out circles; cut 1/4 inch thick rings from circles with small cutters. Re-roll scraps to make additional rings; arrange rings over tomatoes.

For pickles: Arrange fruit-slice candies over onions.

For ketchup and mustard: Pipe red and yellow icing around edges of burger.

For bun top: If necessary, trim bowl cake so that it will be flat on the bottom when inverted. Invert firm paper plate onto work surface. Center bowl cake, trimmed side down, on top of plate. Starting from the top, spread remaining light brown frosting in lines down sides of cake, turning plate after each section. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Carefully place on top of the cake.

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