Cupcakes have been a fad for so long that magazines have started guessing what's next. (Best current guess is corn dogs.) But like Jay Leno, every time you think cupcakes have gone away, they somehow reappear.
For some reason the cupcake trend hasn't morphed with the other food du jour: bacon. Until now. Enter bacon's cousin ham, and delicious-looking honey baked ham cupcakes, which are proving to be popular and could become a fixture of brunches everywhere.
The idea came from realizing that ham could be baked into a circular hard-shell shape resembling a cupcake mold. From there it was just figuring out what to put in these ham crisps. Gourmet Magazine, which apparently invented the crisps in 2002, chose to add a savory-but-boring egg and mushroom. The Cupcake Project had other ideas:
What makes this a honey baked ham cupcake is not that I used honeyThe
baked ham (I actually used Black Forest ham), it's that I baked a honey
cake inside a piece of ham...What surprised people the most about the honey
baked ham cupcakes was that the ham flavor was not strong -- some even
said they couldn't taste it. The ham merely acts as an edible,
environmentally friendly (depending on where your ham comes from)
makeup of the honey baked ham cupcake is ham crisps for the lining,
honey cake for the filling, cream-cheese frosting and a candied
pineapple on top.