I am a home/hobby baker. My son’s preschool teacher asked me to create a burger cake for a birthday in her family. I was a little timid about the request so I scoured the internet for videos and how too articles on making cake look realistic as other food.
(You can also find inspiration from these Hamburger cake designs)
I dove in with my new found knowledge and when I put that last little fondant sesame seed on I just had to giggle. I called my husband into the kitchen…which of course he thought something had gone horribly wrong…so he came running in and then just stopped and stared at it. I was so surprised by how real it looked. My little boys who are 7 and 4 later opened the fridge to see this massive burger and their little eyes got as big as saucers. The older one asked “How did you make a hamburger that big?”, not realizing it was cake.
My hamburger is carved from 9 inch cakes so it is pretty large. The bottom bun is one cake round, the middle meat layer is one cake round and the top bun is two cake rounds with the top one being carved into a dome shape. Each section has a cake board under it to allow for me to add dowel rod supports between each layer. The rods between the meat layer and the top bun layer are above the meat about an inch to leave room for the toppings so they would not get squashed by the weight of the bun. I also placed a longer dowel rod going through all three layers to avoid any movement or sliding of the layers. I filled in all around the dowel rod between the meat and top bun with cream colored buttercream to stick the topping into so they would not just slide right out.
Everything is made using marshmallow fondant. I created the cute little sesame seeds just by making a small ball out of cream colored fondant and then pinching a point onto one side. The cheese is just orangish-yellow fondant cut into squares. The lettuce is green fondant which I cut into curvey strips and then laid across multiple dowel rods to dry overnight so it would have the ridges and not be just flat. The tomato is simply thick red circles and for the onion I cut strips and then used a knife to put lines going down the outside and left them to dry overnight in half circles.
To give the buns that brown toasted look, I dipped a papertowel into a mixture of brown gel food coloring and vanilla extract and dabbed it on the tops and sides of the buns. To give the meat layer a little texture, I pressed and mashed and squeezed it with a clean hand towel. It gave it the perfect lumpy, irregular shape. I then dabbed it with the same brown color mixture as the bun for shine.
I was so incredibly proud of my hamburger cake!!! It turned out way better than I ever thought it would. I am completely self taught, so I love to watch how to videos and gather inspiration and knowledge from those who have created before me. Sometimes it is a big ole fail, but this one turned out AWESOME!
Coolest Hamburger Birthday Cake
I had to come up with a fun cake for my tween nephews! Before coming up with the idea for a hamburger cake, I thought about so many different things such as their hobbies, movies or music they like, sports they played, etc.
When I finally decided to make them a cake that looked like food, I thought about making a pizza, a donut, a latte, and I finally ended up with a cheeseburger and fries… and they LOVED it!
This cake was fairly simple to make.
- I made four chocolate layer cakes, three for burger and one for the fries.
- I used fondant, food coloring and Swiss buttercream to embellish the cake and make it authentic looking.
- I even included an order ticket made from fondant, as well as an “olive” on top.
- It took me about 8 hours in total to make, including baking time.
The look on my nephew’s faces when they saw the cake was worth all the time put into making it. It made them feel rather special on their special day! I wish I would have make a drink to go with it – then it could have been even more fun! Maybe this year’s cake?! Who knows???!!
The First Hamburger Cake I Ever Made
This was the first hamburger cake I ever made! I made it with one chocolate cake batch, baked in two 23c tins, so that both pieces had slightly rounded tops.
Flat side down for the first cake, buttercream filling, and the next cake (rounded side up) on top. This left a large crevice between top and bottom. This is where the ‘fillings’ would go. I covered the cake in white fondant (Bakels) then air brushed in a muddy yellow colour, made dimples on top for the sesame seeds and viola! a bun :O)
Next, I wrote a list of ingredients like pattie, lettuce, cheese etc and went to work making the individual pieces. The meat pattie was a blend of bright red and black, maybe 10:1 to get a maroon colour, I rolled it into a long sausage and slightly flattened it, wet the inner crease of the burger bun, and popped it in. Next came lettuce, no fancy edges, no straight lines, I just rolled it and crinkled it and slapped it in there :).
And the rest of the ingredients just flowed. It came to me so easily, I didn’t have any picture references. I think I may have danced a little jig in the kitchen when I was done. One thing I would have done better is coloured the board, maybe to look like a serviette.
My girls kept saying: “cool cake mummy, I love your cake mummy!”
I am super happy with the way it turned out. The lady, Ange, who had given me free reign just squealed with delight. She couldn’t believe it. That had to be the best reaction ever to a cake I had made! And so far over 1000 people have viewed that picture on my cake page Full O Cake on facebook. It made my week.
I am just a home baker/decorator, I have always been artistic (thanks nana) and I have been doing this for around 7 years. I also have a full time job and two toddlers on my own. I am living the dream :) Thank you for reading my story everyone.
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