One of my fave actresses -- if only because she used to be the Donna Martin -- Tori Spelling knows a great many things about parenting, fashion, decor, event planning, and food. But when it comes to cupcakes, the woman could use a good shaking! One of the most recent posts on her blog is all about "savory cupcakes," as in ... diminutive cakes with flavors like bacon maple, caprese, and wait for it ... MEATY LASAGNA! Ew, ew, ewwww!!
Honestly, I have nothing wrong with any of those flavors on their own (well, maybe the bacon maple one, but I'm just not a fried pork kinda gal). But when you slap 'em in front of the word "cupcake" they go from appetizing to abhorrent.
Maybe it's because I'll take dessert over hmm ... just about any other meal of the day anyday, but this savory cupcake trend has me feeling defensive of the word cupcake. A cupcake is meant to be sweet. Buttercream frosting. Caramel, ganache, vanilla bean, or maybe something fruity, too (even though that starts to steer it into muffin territory). NOT cheese, meat, or Grandma's Sunday sauce. Ugh.
Yes, it's simply a matter of semantics. Some of the savory "cupcake" recipes Tori's posted do actually sound delish -- like the one for Cheddar Scallion Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese (from MingMakesCupcakes). Surely, those would make perfect hors d'oeurvres or tapas at any kinda swingin' fete. But why not call them Cheddar Scallion Biscuits? See how that looks and sounds. So much easier on the eyes ... and stomach.
If you're a fan of the savory cupcake trend, here's Tori's very own recipe for her Meaty Lasagna ones ...
Would you make or try savory cupcakes? Do you agree they shouldn't be called "cupcakes"?
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