Bake one batch of vanilla cupcakes and one
batch of chocolate cupcakes
I sometimes just use box mixes for this project,
since it\'s more of a novelty than a gourmet
dessert. I bake the cupcakes without any paper
liners (just use some non-stick spray on the pan).
Baking the cupcakes without the liners allows the
outside edges of the (vanilla) cupcakes to brown
a bit. To me, this looks the most like hamburger
buns. You can use paper liners if you prefer, but
then the sides of your cupcakes will have little
ridges (from the creases in the paper liners).
When the cupcakes are baked and cooled, slice
the vanilla cupcakes in half (horizontally) and
slice the chocolate cupcakes in half or thirds
(horizontally), depending on how big you want
Set these \"buns\" and \"meat\" aside.
Prepare the \"lettuce\" (coconut)-
Put about ¾ cup of (sweetened) shredded
coconut in a plastic baggie and add 1 or two
drops of green liquid or gel food colouring. Close
the plastic bag and shake the bag until the
colouring is well distributed.
Prepare the \"ketchup\" and \"mustard\" (frosting)-
You can use a tub of store-bought frosting, or
make your own vanilla frosting (you can use my
recipe for cream cheese frosting as is or omit the
cream cheese for a super simple American
Colour half of the frosting red and half yellow
(you may want to add a touch of orange to get a
nice mustard colour).
Place each colour of frosting in a piping bag
fitted with a (medium sized) round tip, or simply
put the frosting in a strong zip lock type bag (the
freezer bags are usually a stronger bag) and cut
off one of the corners of the bag (start small, you
can always make the hole larger).
Now you\'re ready to assemble:
Start with the bottom half of a vanilla cupcake.
Pipe a line of \"mustard\" frosting around the edge.
Add a slice of chocolate cupcake (the \"meat\").
Pipe a line of \"ketchup\" around the edge.
Add some coconut \"lettuce\".
Top with a vanilla cupcake top.
For a final touch, you can brush the tops of
the \"hamburgers\" with a bit of juice or simple
syrup (I usually use orange juice) and add some
You can also add a frilly toothpick.