When I told Jonathan that I was going to decorate a cupcake with grapes, he got a little scared. You see, the last time that I decorated with grapes, I created grape man (just go look). I assured him that this time, I’d keep it more normal and simply replace the iconic cherry on top with a grape. Why grapes at all? This is my cupcake version of Waldorf salad – a fruity salad created in the late 1800′s at the Waldorf hotel in New York.
These Waldorf salad cupcakes have all the trappings of a Waldorf salad; there are no greens, of course, but the cupcakes contain apples, raisins, walnuts, lemon, and even mayonnaise. If you are a mayonnaise hater, don’t worry – rather than making the cupcakes taste like a condiment, the mayonnaise simply adds moisture (after all, mayonnaise is made with eggs and oil – key cupcake ingredients).
The prominent flavor in these Waldorf salad cupcakes is tart lemon, making them taste as fresh and salady as a cupcake can. If you close your eyes and try really hard, you might even convince yourself for a second that you are keeping that New Year’s resolution to eat more salad.
For the Waldorf Salad cupcake recipe, head to Paula Deen’s website. I am a regular contributor to her site and this is my latest recipe there.
Do You Like the Idea of a Salad Cupcake?
I got the idea for a salad cupcake from The Baking Robot’s Watergate Salad Cupcakes. The Baking Robot has a ton of other fun and creative cupcakes worth checking out. Have a look for more cupcake fun!