None Such Mince Meat Cupcakes

Posted on Jul 7 2010 - 11:04am by RetroRuth

Happy Wednesday!  I hope that your holiday weekends were all fantastic.  Mine…was wet. Very wet.  Tom and I drove to see my parents and drop off little Clark (one of the last of the foster kittens) with them, and afterwards did some camping in the UP.  Ugh.  I should say, got rained on in a tent in the UP. Good lord, the weather sucked.  In any case, since we were going to be gone over the time I usually make the MCMenu, I decided I was going to have to make something portable for this week.  And I choose: Cupcakes!

Of course, these cupcakes couldn’t be “normal” cupcakes, because it is the Mid-Century Menu, and everything on here is a little crazy, so I picked the cupcakes that were a little crazy as well. Mince Meat Cupcakes from the None Such Mince Meat Recipes For Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, to be exact.  You may remember this fun book from the Mince Meat Ham Loaf, which could only be choked down with ketchup.  I was hoping these cupcakes would at least be marginally better! Because ketchup has never improved the taste of a cupcake. Never.

Not too bad, right?  At least they look pretty cute.  And I like that tablecloth.

I decided to use a cake mix because…well…it was cheaper. And easier.

Thank goodness for a simple recipe!  These went together really quickly, and I was happy because I was frantically trying to remember all the stuff that I might  possibly need for the UP.  Like bug-spray. And bear-spray.

Tom, in the middle of driving 10 hours, posing with a baked cupcake. They actually smelled kind of good.

“So, how is it?”

“Pretty good.  It tastes like a white cupcake with raisins in it.”

I took a bite, and it tasted pretty much just like that.  It would have been better in a spice cupcake, I think, but it was still good.

The Verdict: Good.  Maybe use a spice cake mix or make a spice cake instead, but otherwise not too bad.  If you like mince meat, of course.  

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  1. Annie B. July 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I’ll bet these would be good made with a spice cake mix! I love mincemeat. Also, one of my favorite mid century desserts was spice cake with coffee icing. Sounds odd, but it is great! These cupcakes might benefit from a simple coffee icing.

    Sorry about your wash-out camping trip. Been there and done that more times than I want to remember. I’ve never been camping that it didn’t rain!

  2. Sara in AZ July 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Sorry about your camping trip! At least you were cooler than we are here in AZ. Mince Meat cupcakes, what a crazy idea – never would have thought of that one. I think we have a first on the MC Menu – a driving picture while taking the first bite! 🙂

  3. P. July 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    When I saw the word “mincemeat” I thought, oh this cannot be good. What a surprise! Sorry your camping trip was a washout. I think we need to visit the UP again. It was one of my favorite vacations when we went there last (no camping, tho).

  4. Kelly July 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Cupcake victory! I had to look up mince meat to see what the heck is in there. It sounds better than I’d expected. Sorry to hear about the camping trip getting rained out.

  5. Barbara July 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Can’t STAND mincemeat!!! Eewww!

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