You can probably tell by now that we love fun food, and we love it even more when it’s in cute little cup-shaped forms with pretty wrappers. Yes, we’re talking about the “cupfake” – that sneaky little cupcake imitator that’s savory rather than sweet. We served up some meatloaf and mashed potato cupcakes back on April Fool’s Day, but we couldn’t resist coming back for more.
Now that it’s Memorial Day, we’re thinking more along the lines of a summery theme, and that’s why we are so charmed by these cheddar cheese and bacon cupfakes by Willow Bird Baking. The frosting is a savory swirl of avocados, cream cheese, and lemon juice.
We can think of all sorts of ways to riff on this theme. For the cupcake base, you can simply start with your favorite savory muffin or biscuit mix. Add chopped meat, vegetables, or cheese to add a little heft. Cream cheese makes a great base for a savory frosting; you can add grated cheese for flavor or pureed vegetables for color (orange carrot frosting, anyone?).
If you are feeling brave, you can branch out with some crazier ideas like corned beef and cabbage cupcakes from Cupcake Project. Or think beyond the paper cups by making Food Network’s Cupcake Lasagna, bound with wonton wrappers and topped with pink ricotta frosting. And if you can find celery soda (pop), let us know, because we’re sure intrigued by these savory stuffed celery pop cupcakes from Gonna Go Walk the Dogs.
But if you’re just interested in giving your kids a surprise and some giggles, you can tell them they have to eat these spinach and sardine cupcakes from Dog Hill Kitchen. Tell them it’s the best way to get their Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. (But really, it’s just green frosting and an eerily life-like fondant sardine.) Mmm. Fish eyes for dessert.