I made these on a whim this weekend and they were a huge hit with FH and my brother. I love how they look and they taste just as yummy.
Technically it’s not really a cupcake. It’s a savory muffin with mini pepperonis and mozzarella cheese inside. But FH took one look at them as said “Hey, it’s Pizza Cupcakes” and I didn’t have the heart to correct him. When I finished baking them, they tasted good but didn’t look so pretty. So then I got the idea to top them with more mozzarella cheese and pepperonis for a more finished appearance like adding streusel to a muffin or frosting to a cupcake.
I think these would make great party food. And they are super easy to make.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk (optional: additional 2 tbsp milk)
1 cup mini pepperonis
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Additional 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of mini pepperonis for topping
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 12 cupcake pan with liners. (Note: Some commenters have suggested it's better to grease and bake directly in pan because the muffins will stick to the liners. It's less messy with the liners but the exterior of the batter does stick to the liners, so if you don't want that I would suggest baking directly into the muffin pan.)
2. Mix 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add in vegetable oil, egg and 1/3 cup milk into flour mixture and stir until batter is smooth. It will be sticky. (Add in another 2 tsbp milk if desired.) Fold/stir in cheese and pepperoni. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full.
3. Bake for about 18 minutes until muffins turn out golden and knife inserted comes out clean. Right before eating, top muffins with more cheese and about five slices of mini pepperoni and bake for 4-5 minutes at 350F until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.