It’s a Cupcake…It’s a Hamburger…It’s a Trompe L’Oeil!

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Are they meatcakes or cupburgers? Who cares, these are fun and tasty, too. Kids love them, adults are amused by them, we all think they’re great.  The “bun” is a cupcake, the “burger” is a brownie, the “cheese/mustard” is buttercream, and the “lettuce” and “tomato” are these candy beltsrips.  If you can’t find these candies, you can use other colored gummies or licorice candies.

Bake the cupcakes and bake the brownies. While they both are cooling make the buttercream. This recipe will make one dozen. You want to find a cutter (I use a small glass) that is just slightly wider than the cupcakes. Cut the brownies into rounds. Cut the cupcakes in half and put the brownie rounds on the bottom halves. Top with two red and two green candy belts then a spoonful of the buttercream. Carefully put the top on each cake.cupcakes 3

for cupcakes:

4 ounces butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbs vanilla
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp baking soda
sesame seeds for topping

Butter and flour cupcake tins, or line with papers. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Add in flour, mix thoroughly. Add in milk then baking soda. Beat well, put into prepared pans and top each cake with a sprinkling of sesame seeds then bake until firm and pick comes out clean.

for brownies:


1 cup chocolate chips
1 stick butter
1 egg
1/4 cup applesauce
1 scant cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup flour

Heat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9×13 pan. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heavy bottomed pot. Allow to get cool to the touch. Beat in the applesauce then the egg. When it is well beaten, add the sugar. Mix well then add the cocoa powder and flour. Put the brownie batter into the pan and bake until set up, about 15 minutes.

for the yellow/orange buttercream:

4 oz butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 Tbs ground turmeric
1/4 cup milk

Cream the butter then beat in the sugar, vanilla, and half the turmeric. Add the milk 1 tsp at a time until it is soft enough to droop but not runny. Add more turmeric until you get the color you want.


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