For the record, I never need an excuse to bake but I also rarely actually consume what I bake and so I need some taste testers. Luckily, I teach and I have hungry little mouths greeting me every day so every once in a while I mix them up a little treat. Today's treat was hamburger cupcakes which I had mentioned making in a previous blog. I had made a resolution to begin including my recipes but this recipe has not been perfected for our mile-high location so this will be more a how to. What you need? A recipe for a white cupcake, I used a vanilla cupcake with a light spring feel. Its almost fall, but who cares. None of my students said ummmm this cupcake has more of a spring feel to it, I would have gone for some more fall spicing, so I think I'm golden. Before you bake the cupcake, sprinkle some sesame seeds on top to give it that bun-y feel. Bake it then slice that baby in half. Wa-ching! (I felt it needed a sound affect and I didn't know the sound for a bread knife so you got a machete. Details, people.)
Now you have successfully sliced cupcake and it is time for the burger (and yes I am aware that this is a slightly odd project for a vegetarian to be doing, and no I did not eat my imitation burger cupcakes because it did in fact weird me out if you were wondering.) Take a chocolate butter cream (way to delicious and easy to just get a tub of frosting, 4 ingredients people.) To ice the cupcake, put the frosting in a frosting bag and use the 1M tip. Make sure to be messy so you can lick your fingers upon completion.
Lettuce anyone? How about some green food coloring mixed into coconut. Yup. Win. I recently converted to the gel food colorings. They are cooler. To be honest, I don't even know the benefit to using it verses the liquid, but its cool. All the cool people could potentially be doing it, so I am to.
Whats left? Well this one you can decide on. I went for a raspberry jam ketchup. Some I have seen use butter cream died red and yellow, which in hindsight might be the route I take next time. There will be a next time because this perfectionist has not yet perfected this recipe. Plus, there is an apartment warming party to be had.
Upon completion, put the top back on the cupcake. Want a little rebellious baking fun? Don't put the top on the cupcake you got it from. Troublebaking, I'm pretty sure it is right up there with buying a motorcycle or sneaking into an outdoor pool after 10, right? I'm such a rebel...
Face shoving. It is the only thing left to do.
Unless you rocked the face shoving and you got a little somethin somethin on that chin o' yours.
Peace, love, and yuuuuum!