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Honey Baked Ham Cupcakes & Candied Pineapple Tops

Raven Higheagle


As far as I know, this is the first cupcake recipe baked in ham ever developed. I baked a honey cake inside of a piece of ham to recreate a flavor of honeyed ham.
What surprised people the most about the cupcakes in ham was that the ham flavor was not strong – some even said they couldn’t taste it.
The best cupcake bites are the ones with all of the components – pineapple, frosting, ham, and cake. So, don’t be shy; primally tear through both the ham and pineapple to achieve cupcake nirvana.


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Makes 17 to 20 Cupcakes
1 Hr 30 Min
30 Min


  • 1 3/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground allspice
  • 1/2 c
    vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c
  • 3/4 c
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 2 large
    eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c
    pineapple juice
  • 1/2 c
    whiskey (i used jack daniels)
  • 17 to 20
    thinly sliced pieces of ham (i used black forest ham, which has those nice looking black edges.)

  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 c
    unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    cinnamon (add more to taste)
  • 2 to 3 c
    powdered sugar (add more or less to make it a stiffness that you like)

  • 3 c
  • 1 c
  • 24
    pineapple rings (i used the kind from the can, but fresh pineapple would also work.)

How to Make Honey Baked Ham Cupcakes & Candied Pineapple Tops


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.
  2. Add oil, honey, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, juice, and whiskey.
  3. If you use the same measuring cup and you measure your oil before the honey, it will be easier to get all of the honey out of the cup.
  4. Using a strong wire whisk or in an electric mixer on slow speed, stir together to make a thick, well-blended batter, making sure that no ingredients are stuck to the bottom.
  5. Place one slice of ham in each well of the cupcake tin.
  6. Try to make sure that the part on the bottom and sides of the pan has no holes in it.
  7. found that most of the slices of ham I bought had holes, so I just ensured that the holes were positioned toward the top of the cupcake tin.
  8. Spoon batter into the ham, as shown in the photo.
  9. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
    Mix cream cheese and butter well.
  11. Add vanilla and cinnamon.
  12. Add powdered sugar. Mix well.
  13. Candied Pineapple:
    In a large, heavy pot, bring water and sugar to a boil.
  14. Add pineapple rings.
  15. Let the mixture boil for about 5-10 minutes.
  16. Be sure that all of the pineapple rings are under water.
  17. Reduce the heat to medium and let it continue cooking for about 30 minutes.
  18. The liquid will thicken and become a syrup.
  19. Remove from heat but let the pineapple remain in the pot as they cool for about 10 minutes.
  20. Remove to a sheet of parchment paper to cool completely.
  21. The syrup remaining in the pan can be saved and used in other dishes.

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About Honey Baked Ham Cupcakes & Candied Pineapple Tops

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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