Just when you thought the world couldn’t get any weirder, now we have news that PICKLE CUPCAKES are a thing. That’s right: Pickle-flavored cupcakes are coming to a bakery near you. (Well, maybe.)
This isn’t the first time that someone had the idea to make pickles into a dessert. On the “Today” show in 2017, Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford sampled chocolate-covered pickles on their Tryday Friday segment and were pleasantly surprised with the flavor.
It turns out the combo of salty and sweet makes for a perfect dessert … hence pickle cupcakes!
There are variations on pickle cupcake recipes. At Delish, they used a 1/4 cup of pickle juice in the batter, along with a 1/4 cup of chopped pickles. The frosting has a touch of bourbon (good call), as well as cream cheese (and of course, sugar and butter).
A pickle slice garnishes the treat so there are no surprises for anyone who thinks this might be a regular vanilla cupcake!
The result is a sweet yet salty surprise with plenty of pickle flavor. Check out Delish’s video with their recipe here:
Wouldn’t these be such a cute idea to serve at a baby shower or a gender reveal party (sans bourbon in this case)? We all know that pregnant mamas are supposed to have serious pickle cravings! (And pickleback shots are obviously out of the question.)
If Delish’s recipe is a little too pickle-y for you, simply cut back on the chopped pickles and use pickle juice instead.
Or do what Stef at The Cupcake Project does: She makes her pickle cupcakes with ground dill, pickle juice and diced pickles. She also tops hers with vanilla ice cream!
Oh, and there’s even a vegan pickle cupcake recipe for you dairy-free folks It uses pickle juice, chopped pickles and dried dill and comes complete with peanut-butter frosting. Get the recipe here from Peanut Butter and Ginger.
Now, these pickle sweets have come about as a result of the deep pickle mania that’s sweeping the nation.
There’s pickle juice in a can that you can use for mixed drinks (or I suppose to drink straight from the can like a soda if you’re really into pickle juice).
But that’s not to be confused with actual pickle juice soda.
And then we have pickle candy canes.
And “The Chickle,” which is a chicken sandwich in a pickle instead of a bun.
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I’m telling you, the food game is getting weirder and weirder, y’all. What’s next!?