Who doesn't love cupcakes? They are the perfect combination of cake and frosting (sometimes filling) and just the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Cupcakes are as American as Apple Pie, so it's no surprise that there has been an explosion of flavour combinations in recent years. A Google search of the term 'cupcake' turns up 108 million results, many are flavours that will have your mouth watering. But now that the sugary sweet
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combinations like Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, Lemon Meringue, Strawberry Cream, Mojito or Salted Caramel have made their way into bakeries and specialty shops around the world, it was only a matter of time before bakers tried their hand at developing the perfect 'savoury' cupcake. But that's where these tasty treats moved into the world of the absurd. Now it seems if you can dream it, someone has already concocted it.
One recipe that has people talking is the BBQ Pulled Pork Cupcake being served up at Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak in the Georgetown Four Seasons in Washington, DC. The website sayitaintso says Executive Chef Adam Sobel came up with the idea while competing in the 2011 Cochon 555 Competition, a cooking contest for chefs that focuses on all things pork. First he made a cheddar and scallion biscuit that he formed into the shape of a cupcake and then stuffed it full of BBQ pork shoulder and BBQ sauce. He didn't win the competition but the cupcake seemed to strike a nerve with foodies. Soon people were calling the restaurant asking if it was available. Always ready to give the public what they want, it was soon available on request but its popularity soon landed it on the lounge menu. It's only available after 5pm and will cost you $9 and you can expect it to take about 20 minutes to prepare. And don't bother asking for the recipe, it is being kept top-secret. However if you can't make it to the US capital, the Food Network has its own Pulled Pork Sweet Corn Cupcake recipe with the pork piled on top instead of stuffed inside.
That isn't the weirdest cupcake you will find on the web though. Squidoo.com has a list of some pretty unusual flavors and the recipes to match. How about Fried Chicken Cupcakes, Okra Cupcakes (for that taste of the South) or Salmon Cupcakes. There's a Beer, Cheddar and Sour Cream Cupcake topped with bacon cheddar cream cheese frosting (for Superbowl Sunday), Garlic Cupcakes, Baked Bean and Tomato or how about the Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company in Seattle that serves up flavour combinations like Pancakes and Bacon or Tomato Soup.
For me though, the strangest one I found on the web is by blogger Carlene Thomas and her Hummus Frosted Broccoli Cupcakes. Bon Appetit indeed!
So what's the weirdest cupcake you've ever tried?