Cupcakes for carnivores
AREN’T these adorable? C r e a m y i c i n g , c u t e sprinkles and – what’s this? – a big old pile of meat at the bottom?!
Yes indeed. It seems Chicago’s fine purveyors of meatloaf have become involved with the cupcake craze, and are creating their own carnivorous treats from America’s most homely comfort food.
T h e i m a g i n a t i v e l y n a m e d Meatloaf Bakery, established by chef Cynthia Kallile in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, features an assortment of meaty cakes, including ‘‘ cupcakes’’, full-sized ‘‘ pastries’’ and the tiny ‘‘ loafies’’, all beautifully decorated using mashed potato ‘ ‘ frosting’’ and vegetable decorations.
And apparently the carnivorous cupcakes are proving a smash with locals, with the miniatures evoking the tastes and memories of mum’s home cooking, albeit on
cupcakes P a r m e s a n - r e g g i a n o c h e e s e , crowned with herby bread stuffing and served with cranberry sauce. • A Wing and A Prayer Loaf Hot and spicy wing sauce teamed up with crumbled blue cheese, ground chicken and celery, topped with a buttery blue cheese crust and served with ranch dressing. • Loaf-A-Roma A beef and I t al i an s ausage meatloaf favourite made of gooey fresh mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil and a splash of red wine, topped with a swirl of angel hair pasta and served with marinara sauce.
• No Buns About Loaf
Tastes just like a cheeseburger and looks like a birthday cake, with bacon, cheddar, onions, mustard, ketchup and pickles, topped with cheesy taters and served with special sauce.
• Dog Gone It Loaf
Their take on a Chicago-style hotdog, with beef, pork, onions, pickled peppers, celery, salt, and pickles, topped with Yukon Smashers. • Omega-3 Loaf Rich and f l uffy wild-caught Alaskan salmon with a hint of lemon, parsley and dill, topped with wasabi mashed potatoes and fresh lemon-dill yogurt sauce. • Chicken Shish Ka Loaf The taste of a chicken kebab, meatloaf style, with lots of lemon, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, red onions and herbs, topped with Yukon Smashers and served with Shish Kamint sauce. • Yentl Lentl Loaf: A gluten-free vegetarian creation even meat lovers will enjoy. Tender lentils and uber-healthy brown rice, flavoured with veggies and cheese, topped with colourful bell peppers and served with roasted red bell pepper coulis.
Only in America . . .