So, this week Mr Canbella requested that I bake something different and amusing for him to take into work for a morning tea. I immediately headed to Pinterest and trawled for something that caught my eye.
Normally when baking I prefer to think of my own ideas and then use research to work out my recipes, but this time I just wanted to try something trendy and wacky. I found the perfect idea at Bakerella's blog, a Mini-Burger Cupcake!
Due to the complicated decorative elements of these cupcakes, I used some shortcuts via cake mixes and pre-made frosting.
1 box Green's buttercake, made into 16 cupcakes (only fill tins halfway) (use milk and 10 grams extra butter)
1 box Coles brownie mix, made into a shallow brownie (use a bigger tin)
1 tub Better Crocker Vanilla frosting, divided into 3 bowls
1 Tbs maple Syrup
1 Tbs honey
1 Tbs water
2 Tbs sesame seeds
1. Colour each bowl of icing: yellow (for mustard), red (for ketchup), and green (for lettuce). If the frosting becomes to runny (it needs to be quite stiff to maintain the shape when piping) add icing sugar as required and beat to combine.
2. Use a round cookie cutter to cut circular pieces of brownie, make sure your cutter is the same size as your cupcakes (a little bit smaller or larger is still ok I think).
3. Slice each cupcake into two halves to form the bun.
4. Place a brownie "meat patty" in between each cupcake bun, use a small dollop of frosting inbetween the bottom "bun" and the brownie to help them stick.
5. For the frosting on top of the "meat" patty: pipe the mustard and ketchup using a small round tip, do two overlapping squares with the corners going out over the edge of the patty. Then use a flat corrugated tip for the lettuce, and pipe in a squiggly pattern around the edge. Don't worry about piping icing in the middle of the cake, it doesn't need it.
6. Place top "bun" gently on top of frosting.
7. Mix maple syrup, honey, and water together and gently heat in microwave. Using a pastry brush, coat the top of the bun with glaze and then sprinkle a small amount of sesame seeds on top.
8. Chill in the refrigerator, loosely covered for at least 30 minutes to set the frosting.
It was a nervous car trip taking these to Mr Canbella's work, but we made it. He reported back that they were a great success, very amusing and delicious!