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Hamburger Cupcakes with Pound Cake Fries


Have fun with favorite baked goods by assembling them together to make sweet faux hamburgers with this recipe from Nicki Puza.

  • Yield: Makes 24

Photography: Rob Tannenbaum

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April 2012


  • 24 Yellow Butter Cupcakes
  • 2 recipes Brownies, cut into 24 (2-inch) circles
  • Basic Vanilla Buttercream
  • Green, yellow, red, and blue liquid food coloring
  • White nonpareils
  • Homemade or store-bought pound cake


  1. Remove cupcake liners (if necessary) and cut each cupcake in half horizontally; place a brownie on the bottom half of each cupcake. Set top halves aside.

  2. Divide buttercream evenly between three bowls. To one bowl, add 1/4 teaspoon green food coloring and 2 drops yellow food coloring; mix well to combine. To the second bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon yellow food coloring and 1 drop red food coloring; mix well to combine. To the third bowl, add 1 teaspoon red food coloring and 1 drop blue food coloring; mix well to combine.

  3. Transfer each colored buttercream to a resealable plastic bag. Snip a 1/4-inch opening from one bottom corner of each plastic bag. Using the yellow buttercream, pipe a large hollow square on each brownie. Using the red buttercream, pipe a circle in the center of the square. Top with a squiggle of the green buttercream over the red circle.

  4. Brush reserved top halves of cupcakes lightly with water. Sprinkle with nonpareils, pressing to adhere. Top frosted brownies with cupcake tops to create cupcake burgers.

  5. Preheat broiler.

  6. Using a crinkle-cut knife, slice pound cake into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Cut each slice into a 1/2-inch-thick strip. Place pound cake strips on a baking sheet and transfer to broiler. Broil until golden and toasted, 30 seconds. Drizzle pound cake fries with red buttercream and serve with hamburger cupcakes.

Reviews Add a comment

  • shreem8
    4 OCT, 2013
    mmmm... delicious ! :)
  • dvlkitty8
    6 JUL, 2012
    All the cupcakes that were shown on this episode are not originally from this girl, these belong in a cupcake book written by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson
  • hawaii5256
    13 APR, 2012
    I have not tried this recipe, but these cupcakes are the cutest thing I have seen. I look forward to making them with my granddaughter. Great idea. I may do the fries, just because. Thanks.
  • staceyhwest
    11 APR, 2012