Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger

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My daughter’s birthday is tomorrow. She’ll be 12. The signs that she’s almost a teenager are everywhere.

The piles makeup in the bathroom.

The dings of her cell phone whenever a text arrives.

And her wish for a more grown-up-looking bedroom.

The newest hint happened last weekend. We were at Target, looking at shoes.

E: Mom, we have the same shoe size!

Me: Yes, we do.

E: Do you know what this means? More shoes!

Yes, she’s growing up.

Because this is the last year she’ll bring homemade birthday treats to school, we went all out and made 28 hamburger cupcakes. Walking down the hallway this morning with my cupcake containers filled with cupcakes, I had a taste (see what I did there?) of what it’s like to be a rock star.

It’s pretty awesome.

Happy birthday, Em!


  • 1 box Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix
  • 1 box Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake
  • White frosting (store-bought or homemade)
  • Red, yellow and green food coloring
  • Sesame seeds, optional
  • Decorative toothpick, optional

Grease and flour cupcake tins. Do not use cupcake liners! Fill the tins two-thirds full with batter and bake as directed in the recipes.

After cupcakes have cooled, slice the white cupcakes in half. Slice off tops of the chocolate cupcakes and set aside. (You will not need the bases of chocolate cupcakes, so you can munch on them or use them for another project.)

Separate the frosting equally into three mixing bowls. With food coloring, make one bowl of green, one bowl of yellow and one bowl of red frosting.

Place one white cupcake bottom on a flat surface for the hamburger bun bottom. Frost it with the yellow frosting (this can be either the mustard or the cheese), then add one chocolate top (rounded side up) on top of the bottom half of the bun to make the burger.

Spread red frosting on top of the chocolate for the ketchup.

Frost one of the white cupcake tops with green to make the lettuce. Place it on stop of the burger. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and add a toothpick, if desired.

Continue with the rest of the cupcakes. Recipe should makes 24 cupcakes; less depending on how big you want them.

Source: Recipe adapted from the Duncan Hines website (

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