Warning: This blog post contains a controversial definition of “cake”. (As a compromise, I’ve put it under the equally controversial “bread” category.)
First, what is “Cake”? The omniscient Wikipedia says:
Cake is a form of food, typically a sweet, bakeddessert. Cakes normally contain a combination of flour, sugar, eggs, and butter or oil, with some varieties also requiring liquid (typically milk or water) and leavening agents (such as yeast or baking powder). Flavorful ingredients like fruit purées, nuts or extracts are often added, and numerous substitutions for the primary ingredients are possible.
The fact that this recipe has a place on this Daily Cake blog rather hinges on that last bit. It contains flour, eggs, butter, milk, and baking powder, while the “flavourful ingredient” is pepperoni.
The conclusive proof? It’s baked in a muffin pan. I trust this is enough to resolve the matter. Haters to the left please.
This recipe is taken from Noble Pig.
3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
4 ounces pepperoni, cut into small cubes (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1. Preheat oven to 375 oC. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.
2. Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.
P-p-p-pepperoni. It was either this sliced stuff, or a pepperami – and no one wants to see that in their otherwise-genteel pizza dinner
A cup-a full-a pepp-a-roni eh!
Whisking together the dough mix.
Adding the meat and cheese. Words can’t express how much I love mozzarella. In fact, I love mozzarella so much I’m going to name my firstborn daughter after it.
The future Baby Mozzarella Hudson.
Letting it sit. Not sure why. Don’t like to ask questions.
After the semi-disaster of the doughnuts sticking to the pan, I’m taking no chances and using paper cases.
And after a quick blast in the oven…
Total golden deliciousness.
I can’t wait for them to cool down before I take my first bite, so my first sensation is of piping hot dough. The pepperoni gives an excellent kick, while the cheese keeps the whole thing creamy.
They’re a little stuck to the cases.
Easy peasy. Providing you don’t eat all the mozzarella beforehand.
The simplicity of the recipe brings me to the final say in the pizza=cake debate:
If pizza isn’t cake, why do we use the expression “pizza cake” when we’re describe something easy? Huh? Infallible logic wins again.