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Nov 27, 2013 07:54 PM

Can you put meat proteins (not butter, but meat) into desserts successfully? I want to try oyster cupcakes. Can it be done?

Hi I'm hoping to hear your opinions. I am looking to make oyster cupcakes. I am curious if it's possible to take something like an animal protein (in this case oysters, but in general for example beef meat, chicken meat, etc) and successfully turn it into a sweet treat (and I really mean sweet, not savory)?
Basically can you cover meat with enough sugar and sweetness to sort-of disguise it?

I'm thinking I can puree the oysters to get them super fine.

Help me concoct this please!! Thanks

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  1. Pureed oysters? Just saying those two words in serial conjunction sort of turns my stomach. And not in a good way.

    How about, instead, something like oyster fritters (deep fried in a sweet crepe batter) and then drizzled with either a fruit syrup, or a perhaps some honey?

    Short of all that, there's always Bacon Candy ...

    1. caramelized bacon seems to have been the darling of this idea the last 5 or 6 years. makes me wonder if oysters are too lean.

      1. I've done a bacon crumble on apple cake and bacon maple syrup cinnamon buns

        1. but if you're going to add enough sugar and sweet to disguise the flavor....what's the point?

          Personally, I love oysters, but oyster cupcakes? Blergh.

          6 Replies
          1. re: sunshine842

            it's not as much disguising the flavor as it is making it palatable to people who don't like them.

            i think it would be successful in my eyes if someone who didn't know they were in there took a bite and didn't even think it tasted different from any other cupcake.

            i need to experiment.

            1. re: curiousaboutcafos

              Why would you deliberately serve food to people if you know they don't like it?

                1. re: youareabunny


                  If someone doesn't like them, I say More for the rest of us!

                  1. re: elenacampana

                    Exactly! If people don't want to eat something, don't make them!

              1. re: curiousaboutcafos

                You are not proving any point by disguising the flavor. And if they have an undisclosed shellfish allergy or religious constraint at the root of their refusal are you prepared to handle the consequences?

            2. In a light corn bread batter with sugar of course...might be nice, but maybe chopped, not puréed ?

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              1. re: jill kibler

                yeah a sweet oyster corn muffin not a cupcake sounds a lot better.

                1. re: hill food

                  I definitely second the chopped not pureed thought.

                  this turns into kind of a pound cake in my results:

                  I usually up the cornmeal a bit and decrease the flour and sub-in lemon zest for the orange and limoncello for the amaretto. of course opposite to you I'm more interested in making sweet things a bit savory so I often add rosemary. I can see adding sauteed oysters.