Notes: This took a lot of prep work, since you're baking the brownies, the cupcakes, the sugar fries, and the frosting. The red frosting is difficult to achieve, and took me 24 hours of setting aside to achieve the red color. Next time, I would prep the frostings (and place them in the fridge until needed), and bake the brownies and sugar fries the day prior. On the day of, bake the cupcakes in the morning, allow it to cool, and then assemble. Make sure to allow a few hours for your frosting to thaw out and soften to room temperature. Your body (and hands) will thank you for it.
Yum, and Happy Fourth!
Yellow Cake (Yellow cake mix is an alternative)
Buttercream frosting (Pre-made white icing is an alternative)
Brownies (I used a brownie mix and baked in 13x9 pan)
Food coloring- Red, Green, Yellow (I used Wilton Icing Gels. A good alternative would be Betty Crocker Easy Flow Decorating Icing in 6.4-oz cans.)
1. Bake the cupcakes and brownies according to their respective instructions. Cool to room temperature.
2. Divide the buttercream into 3 bowls. The "ketchup" and "mustard" should be equal measurements, but you should have a little more green buttercream for the "lettuce".
3. Tint each bowl with its respective color- Red (ketchup), Yellow (mustard), and Green (lettuce). (Note: Add a TINY bit of violet coloring to make the red deeper. The buttercream looked pink at first, but set it aside for 24 hours- the dark pink will darken over time and turn into red.)
4. Place each frosting into a Ziploc bag and snip off a small tip off one corner.
How to assemble your cheeseburger
1. Bun: Cut the cupcakes in thirds. (You discard the middle, but use the top and bottom half.)
2. Patty: Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut the brownies. (I used a 2-5/8" biscuit/round cutter.) Place the brownie patty on top of the bottom half of the bun.
3. Ketchup: Gently squeeze the ketchup on top of the brownie patty.
4. Mustard: Gently squeeze the mustard on top of the ketchup.
5. Lettuce: Gently squeeze the lettuce in a squiggly design (on top of the mustard).
6. Place the top half of the bun, and squeeze down gently.
7. Brush a very thin layer of water (or dab a few drops of water on with your finger) on the top half of the bun, and sprinkle the sesame seeds so they will stick.
Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (or 350 degrees for dark or nonstick pan).
2. Make cookie mix as directed, but decrease softened butter to 1/3 cup and add 1 Tbsp flour with the cookie mix.
3. Prepare 2 parchment paper. Place dough on top of paper, and then place 2nd paper on top of dough. Roll the dough until 1/4-inch thick.
4. Cut the dough into thin strips using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, and then a long cut down the center. The varied lengths are fine since french fries aren't all the same length.
5. Remove the alternating strips to avoid baking into a giant blob. (Set aside the removed strips and repeat.) Place the dough (with bottom parchment paper) and place into your baking pan.
6. Sprinkle sugar on top, and bake for 10 minutes.
7. Once out of the oven, immediately take a knife/pizza cutter and cut each "steak fry" down the center to make a "skinny fry". Do this right out of the oven.
8. Sprinkle more sugar on top while they are still warm too. Lightly rub it in so it sticks to the fry.
9. Repeat with the remaining strips.
Yellow Cake- 24 cupcakes
Brownies- 10-11 brownie patties (13x9 pan)
Buttercream- frosts 24 cupcakes
Source: Mini Cheeseburger- Bakerella; Sugar Cookies- Cutout cookies instruction by Betty Crocker, Decorating idea by Bakerella