Ah, April Fool’s Day! The perfect occasion to show someone you love them by playing nasty tricks on them and guffawing as they stand, bewildered, trying to figure out what just happened.

Orrrr you could play a sweet (well, savory) trick instead! Cupfakes are adorable, savory treats masquerading as their sweet cousins. At one time or other, I’ve had people mistake each one of the dinnertime cupfakes below for dessert! In reality, though, Deep Dish Pizza Cupfakes are fun Chicagoan deep dish pizzas topped with fluffy ricotta and a cherry tomato. Meatloaf Cupfakes are moist meatloaf with mashed potato “frosting” and colored salt sprinkles. Finally, my favorite: Cheddar, Chive, and Bacon Cupfakes with Avocado Frosting are slightly sweet, cornbready dinner muffins full of goodies.

One warning: when people are expecting to bite into a sweet cupcake and it turns out to be a cupfake, their brains do a little backflip of revulsion no matter how good your treats taste. It’s probably best to reveal your trick right before they take a bite!

Deep Dish Pizza Cupfakes

Meatloaf Cupfakes

Cheddar, Chive, and Bacon Cupfakes with Avocado Frosting

P.S. Only 1 week left in my Cheesecake Challenge! Choose any one of 9 cheesecake recipes to prepare within the next month. Email a photo to me by 4/5/2011 to be featured on Willow Bird Baking! Get more details about the challenge here.

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18 Comments on April Fool’s Day Cupfakes

  1. Joanne
    March 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm (13 years ago)

    I think these are adorable! And you’re right…aside from the bacon I would never guess that anything was amiss. I really want those corncake ones with the avocado on top…hellagood.

  2. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    March 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm (13 years ago)

    These are so fun! Going to go check out all your savory cupcakes… What a creative bunch of ideas for April Fool’s Day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350
    March 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm (13 years ago)

    How funny! I’d never heard of any of those before! I remember when my sister was 3 or 4 and kept begging my mom to give her some of the guacamole she was making. I think she was certain it was frosting, for some reason. Finally my mom relented, and after taking a big bit, the look on my sister’s face went from this huge grin to the most confused look. We still laugh about it.

  4. muppy
    March 30, 2011 at 5:29 pm (13 years ago)

    They would be so weird to eat!!! but i am sure delicious once you get past the mental hurdle ๐Ÿ™‚ perfect for april fools…..

  5. PJ Mullen
    March 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm (13 years ago)

    The cheddar, chive and bacon ones sound awesome. It would be April fools for real if I actually tried to bake.

    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      March 31, 2011 at 11:50 am (13 years ago)

      Ha, PJ, I know thatโ€™s not true! Youโ€™re a kitchen whiz ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love those CCB cupfakes, yum!

  6. Maris (In Good Taste)
    March 31, 2011 at 4:28 am (13 years ago)

    These are just too cute! I love the name of them also. They look gorgeous. Can’t believe it’s April already!

  7. Tracey
    March 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm (13 years ago)

    Love these ideas Julie! I want the meatloaf one, especially with those mashed potatoes piped on top ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      March 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm (13 years ago)

      That piping job was a travesty, because I added too much liquid, but they’re so cute with drier mashed potatoes ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, Tracey!

  8. Maranda
    March 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm (13 years ago)

    yay for cupfakes! I still want to try those pizza cupfakes. I’ve been working on getting my cheesecake post done all day…but as you can see from this comment, I’ve been a little distracted…

  9. Samantha
    April 2, 2011 at 9:50 am (13 years ago)

    These are too funny. Love the idea! I’m going to have to give these a go next year.


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