April Fools' Day Cheeseburger Cake

Recipe by Ruby Toozday
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 12-16


  • 1
    (18 ounce) box white cake mix
  • 3
    egg whites (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 13
    cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 13
    cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1
    (18 ounce) box brownie mix
  • 14
    cup water (or as called for by your brownie mix)
  • 12
    cup oil (or as called for by your brownie mix)
  • 2
    eggs (or as called for by your brownie mix)
  • 5
    sugar cookies (4 inches wide)
  • 1
    (16 ounce) can vanilla frosting
  • red food coloring
  • yellow food coloring
  • 10
    spearmint candy leaves
  • 1
    (16 ounce) can milk chocolate frosting


  • Heat oven to 350°F
  • Grease 2 8-inch layer cake pan.
  • Prepare the box of white cake mix and bake according to the recipe.
  • Cool on wire racks.
  • Invert cakes on rack after 15 minutes and let cool completely.
  • Prepare the box of brownie mix, and bake as directed in the 8 inch layer cake pan.
  • Cool for 15 minutes in pan, then invert and let cool completely.
  • "Tomato Slices" Place plain cookies on a wire rack set over wax paper.
  • Put about 1/2 cup vanilla frosting in a small saucepan.
  • Stir over low heat until melted and smooth.
  • Remove from heat and stir in red food coloring (and a bit of yellow if needed) until frosting is tomato colored.
  • Brush or spoon on top and sides of cookies.
  • Let stand at least 30 minutes until firm to the touch.
  • "Cheese" Spoon another 1/2 cup of vanilla frosting into a small bowl.
  • Stir in yellow food coloring (and a drop of red if needed) until cheese colored.
  • Cover to prevent drying.
  • "Lettuce" Sprinkle granulated sugar on a large sheet of wax paper.
  • Working with 1 at a time, place spearmint leaves on the sugar and fold wax paper over, so the candy is sandwiched between the sugar and the wax paper.
  • Roll with a rolling pin until flattened and edges are jagged.
  • The candy will become very sticky, but the sugar should help it release from the wax paper.
  • “Buns” Put remaining vanilla frosting in a medium sized bowl.
  • Stir in milk chocolate frosting and red and yellow food coloring, little by little, until frosting is the color of a hamburger bun.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate.
  • If well-rounded, best to cut off the hump, then put it upside down for the flat top.
  • Cover with frosting.
  • Arrange spearmint leaf "lettuce" on top and around edges of the bottom "hamburger bun".
  • Place brownie cake on top of the “lettuce” using spatulas.
  • Spoon "cheese" about 1 inch from edge of top of burger, letting some run down the sides.
  • Top with "tomato" slices.
  • If needed, now is the time to insert toothpicks through the brownie layer (leaving at least ¼” above the tomato cookies) to keep the cake layers from sliding off!
  • Take the cake layer that rose the most for the top “bun”.
  • Place cake on wax paper and frost with remaining bun colored frosting.
  • Lift onto tomato topped burger.