Spam is to Hawaiians what Bacon is to the rest of America... that slightly taboo, insanely bad for you, yet insanely delicious meat item which make sudden appearances in truly baffling foods. Wandering around Hawaiian food stands one can find Spam in everything from hamburgers to grilled cheese to sushi to salads to brown sugared desserts, so why not in cupcakes?
Now before you go and get your panties in a bunch, no I didn't slide to the sweet side of the scale. Instead I re-purposed Spam into my cupcake-fied version of a loco-moco. Plus I've been toying with the idea of using a Yaki Onigiri as the base of a cupcake for quite a while. There's a "Japanese Eggs Benedict" recipe that's been brewing in the back of my mind.
So without further ado, let me introduce to you... the SPAMcake.
prep 20 mins || cook 25 mins || yield 6 servings
- 1 tin of SPAM
- 3 cups cooked rice
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup sesame oil
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 small clove of garlic finely minced
- Furikake or sesame seeds for garnish
In a metal cupcake tin, use a little bit of the sesame oil to grease the sides and then spoon about half a cup of rice into each tin, being sure to press the rice down firmly. Once you've made your "cupcake" bases, in a frying pan pour about a teaspoon of sesame oil into the pan on med-low heat and cook your yaki onigiri, carefully flipping them with a spatula, until the outsides are nicely browned & crisp. Set on a paper towel to drain.
While you're frying your rice balls, turn your oven on to broil. Crack an egg into each of your (still oiled, but add more if necessary) cupcake tin. Bake your eggs for 5-7 minutes or until the whites have cooked through and the yolk is a little runny.
In a microwave safe bowl, heat your sugar, soy sauce & garlic in 15 second intervals, stirring at each junction, until the sugar has completely melted & is starting to reduce. This is how you make teriyaki sauce! You want your sauce to be thick enough to drizzle, but not too reduced or it will turn to candy.
Assemble your SPAMcakes, first the Yaki Onigiri "cupcake" base, followed by a cooked egg & topped with your spam mixture (you can use a frosting piping bag for a pretty design). Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top and finish the dish with a drizzle of Teriyaki sauce. Enjoy!