Hamburger Cake – April Fool’s Day Recipe

This cake is so much fun to make. It’s great for April Fool’s Day, but also makes for a fun birthday cake for a little boy (or silly husband). Have fun with it.

Recipe for a birthday cake that looks just like a hamburger


1 chocolate cake mix
1 white cake mix
Brown paste food coloring
Yellow paste food coloring
3/4 cup chocolate frosting, prepared
12 spearmint gumdrops (leaf shaped)
4 white gumdrops
3 red gumdrops
24 orange fruit flavored candy squares
6 lime candy slices
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds


While preheating oven according to the directions on the cake mix, butter and lightly flour a 8 inch round cake pan, a 9 inch round cake pan, and a 2 quart bowl 8 inches in diameter.

Prepare the cake mixes according to the package directions. Once prepared, pour 1 3/4 cups white cake mix into the 8 inch cake pan and the rest into the 2 quart bowl. Now pour 1 3/4 cups chocolate cake mix into the 9 inch cake pan.

Bake the 8 inch cake pan for 25 minutes, the 9 inch cake pan for 20 minutes and the 2 quart bowl for 60 minutes or until you insert a toothpicks into the centers and they come out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from the pans and let cool completely on wire racks.  

Put some vanilla frosting in 3 small bowls. In one bowl, tint the frosting red for ketchup. In another bowl, tint the frosting yellow for mustard. In the remaining bowl, use the brown & yellow food coloring to tint the frosting brown.

To create the hamburger bun, use the brown frosting and frost the 8 inch cake with it.

To make the hamburger patty, use the chocolate frosting and frost the sides and tops of the 9 inch cake. To make the rough edge look of a burger, lightly press all around the sides of the cake with a folded paper towel; be sure to pull the paper towel straight out. Now put the patty on the bun.

To make the cheese: on a microwave safe plate, put the orange fruit chews in a single layer and microwave for 10-15 seconds. Use your hands to press and flatten the orange chews together, forming a 9 inch square. Place this on top of the burger patty.

To make the lettuce: sprinkle your counter top with sugar and roll out 5 of the leaf shaped gumdrops until they are 1/8 inch thick (this will be used for the lettuce). Repeat this with 6 more gumdrops to create another lettuce leaf. Place this lettuce around the edges of the burger.

To make the tomatoes: on your counter top, roll out the red gumdrops until they are 1/8 inch thick. Place the tomatoes around the edges of the burger.

To make the onion rings: roll out to 1/8 inch thickness the white gumdrops. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out circles. Use small cutters to cut out 1/4 inch thick rings from these circles. Reroll the scrap pieces to make additional onion rings. Arrange these over the tomatoes.

To make pickles: use the fruit slice candies and place them atop the onion rings. Use the red and yellow frosting to create some mustard and ketchup by piping it around the edges of the burger.

To create the bun top: trim the bowl cake (if necessary) so that it will be flat on the bottom when inverted. Using a firm paper plate, invert it and place on counter. Place the bowl cake, trimmed side down, on top of the paper plate. Spread the remaining brown frosting, starting from the top, in lines down the sides of the cake, turning the plate after each section. Use the sesame seeds and sprinkle them on the top. Now place this on top of the cake.

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April Fool’s Day is a great time to let your inner jokester out. And while you were probably taught to never play with your food, you can make an exception today 😉 Here are some safe, fun food tricks to fool your family and friends including:

  • Melty Mallow Fried Egg
  • Bottoms Up Glass of Jell-o
  • Candy Hamburgers
  • Goofy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Cake Con Carne
  • Celebration Mini Meal Surprise
  • Butter Cream Potato Frosting
  • Silly Strawberry Whipped Potato Frosting

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