Ann Reardon

Mini Hamburger Cake Recipe

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I’m not sure whether to call these a mini hamburger cake or chocolate cheeseburgers. Either way they will make a delicious sweet surprise for your friends.

Makes 5 Mini Hamburger Cakes

Muffin Rolls:
240g (8.47 ounces) or 1 1/2 cups flour (all purpose)
164g (5.78 ounces) or 3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
61g (2.15 ounces) or 1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
milk to make 1 cup total liquid (wet ingredients) or 250millilitres (8.45 fluid ounces)
sesame seeds to top (optional)
Combine dry ingredients (except sesame seeds). In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Mix the two together until just combined. Pipe onto a baking tray, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake at 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.

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Meat Pattie:
55millilitres (1.86 fluid ounces) or 1/4 cup minus 2 tsp cream (35% fat)
100g (3.53 ounces) milk chocolate
5 of the roll halves from above.

Lettuce Fudge:
83millilitres (2.81 fluid ounces) or 1/3 cup cream (35% fat)
1/2 cup or 108g (3.81 ounces) caster sugar (super fine)
40g (1.41 ounces) or 3 Tbsp butter
120g (4.23 ounces) white chocolate
1 extra Tablespoon cream
green food colouring

Heat the cream, sugar and butter in the microwave for 2 minutes, stir, 2 minutes, stir, then a final 2 minutes.

Raspberry or other red soft lollies

Caramel Sauce
2 Tbsp or 28g (0.99 ounces) dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp or 26g (0.92 ounces) butter
2 Tbsp or 30millilitres (1.01 fluid ounces) cream
Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Microwave on high heat in 30 second bursts, stirring each time until thick and bubbling.

100g (3.53 ounces) White chocolate
yellow powdered or oil based food colour

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by Ann Reardon How To Cook That


I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy:

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  1. I love the look of the mini hamburger cakes…is there a way of printing it so I can follow the recipe in my kitchen. It won’t cut and paste 🙁

  2. Thank you for this great recipe.
    Just a note to adjust the oil to 75g and not 150g as per your recipe.

    Thank you

    • Thanks cakes with love.

  3. I came across a couple of your videos on youtube love your ideas looking forward to more and can’t wait to try the hamburger cakes. Any ideas if I want to have tomato ketchup instead of brown sauce?

  4. Foe this recipe how many burgers would you say this would make? I have a large friends camping trip coming up this summer and I think this would be perfect to make for a sweet treat 🙂

    • Hi Kimber, This recipe makes 5 mini hamburgers. When you make them, do post a photo!

  5. thx i love this idea so much there is a show coming up and i am going to enter them i cant wait for more videos.

  6. A huge hit for morning tea at work. I used chocolate brownie for the “meat” YUM

    • Hi Donna. These look amazing. Well done!

  7. Thought I followed the recipe perfectly, but obviously not… “lettuce” is runny….how can I thicken it??

    • Hi Donna, You could try putting the mixture in the fridge to see if it will firm up. If not I would start again. Hope you get it sorted.

      • love you videos

        • Thanks person.

          • I love your idea of the burger cake

  8. Ann I love your ideas, and can’t wait to give this a go for my friends birthday. A question though, is it plain flour or self raising flour that should be used? Thanks!

    • You would use All-Purpose Flour

  9. Hi Ann,

    This is a bit of a special and immediate request:
    My father’s birthday is coming soon, So I want to prank him with a cake full of creme and push his face into the cake! what is the best way to do the cake for the prank

  10. Hi Ann

    Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful website. All the cakes you make are amazing! So inspiring that I thought to share my first attempt of the mini hamburgers with a few variations.
    Since then, I have been wondering if it were possible to make Hot dogs and if so, could you share your thoughts on how?
    Again, Thank you and I look forward to watching more of your amazing videos!

    • Margau they look great! well done

  11. Hi ann what am I suppose to do for the meat

    • Hi Darian, the recipe is above, please do watch the video tutorial 😀

  12. Hellz yes to the burger cake! bingo!
    T xx

  13. I do like your site , keep doing the good work for us.

  14. I love your videos…this is the first one I have tried…so easy…thank you so much

    • oh wow, well done Trish!

  15. What kind of cream?!

    • any cream as long as its 35% fat cream

  16. Hi Ann,
    This time again you surprised us! love this recipe.
    Ann I wanted you how can I store fondant, gel food colors and pipping gel. Can I keep them im fridge (all of them) or they will stay fresh in room temperature (in UAE kitchen’s temperature remains high).
    Many thanks

    • Hi Sidra,
      You can keep all of it at room temp. Fondant needs to be double wrapped in plastic and put in an airtight container to stop it drying out.

  17. Dear Ann,
    Thank you soooo much for sharing this hamburger cake recipe which I have been searched for long 🙂
    Actually I would like to make this cake for my hubby’s birthday next week. And would like to make a bigger one. I have no baking experience, so for the muffin rolls , do you recommend me to bake it longer instead of 5min only ? how could I know the middle is ready ?
    thank you !


    • Stephanie, you could also just use 2 packet cake mixes, use a glass bowl, and a cake pan and make the rolls for the middle cake thing and just double the ingredients or to how much you need. 🙂

      • 😀 great idea Abbziebabzie

  18. Hi Ann.
    Firstly, thank you for every single second you have spent creating these fantastic recipes and videos. I look forward to the new one every Friday.
    After seeing this recipe I just had to try it out. While they may not look as perfect as yours, I think they turned out great and tasted amazing so thank you again!

  19. Hi Ann. Love the creative ideas as always. Had a friend send a link of tie dye cake so was great to see you doing it too. Had other plans for my sons birthday but the family was sick so had very little time. Used this recipe instead. Thanks heaps!!

    • fantastic Kim, well done I hope everyone is feeling better now 😀

  20. Dear Ann
    I have been looking at your recipes now for a year I think you’re absolutely wonderful to post these lovely recipes for us .I don’t use many of them as I would like as l haven’t any children at home but have done some for my grandchildren , and diner party’s , and have passed on some to friends, well done and please carry on cooking. Jan farthing x

    • Thanks so much for your encouragement Jan 😀

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