Meat Cupcakes are something that you can purchase at a place called The Meatloaf Bakery in Chicago- because what else would you buy there except maybe braciole babka or red velvet Canadian bacon?- and I didn’t make almost any of that up except the last two ones.
Atkins dieters, don’t get all excited just yet- the meat cupcakes do contain carbs, and that’s not where the similarities to their sweeter, more shelf-stable counterparts end. NPR got some people to review meat cupcakes, noting sagely that previously “when faced with the choice of eating a cupcake or a cheeseburger, the only logical choice was to place the cupcake on top of the cheeseburger and insert the whole thing into your mouth.” Meat cupcakes aren’t entirely the domain of the Meatloaf Bakery- recipes abound online and for years a similar meatloaf cake was a popular homemaker’s April Fool’s Day recipe in women’s magazines.
However, the idea in and of itself is more delicious than funny- with delicious little meat cakelets, mashed potatoes, sometimes salmon and even veggies topping off the creations. NPR linked to the website of the creators of Meatloaf Cupcakes, who describe how the meaty, portable meat cupcakes came to be:
From there, I refashioned my meatloaf into bite-size Loafies, savory cupcakes and family-size pastries, each topped with a special blend of potatoes, pasta, even veggies. That way they’d be fun for kids, adults, partygoers‚ just about anyone who eats!
With Thanksgiving coming up in a few days, it seems like meat cupcakes are a great idea for the notoriously picky kids table. Would you eat meat cupcakes?