SPAM®-a-licious Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Once again, I accepted a challenge from another AR member. She asked me to make a dessert using SPAM® luncheon meat. It was a success!

Original recipe makes 24 cupcakes


4 ounces fully cooked luncheon meat (such as SPAM®), grated
1 (15.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1 cup mayonnaise
2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, or as needed

  • PREP

    15 mins

  • COOK

    30 mins


    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir grated luncheon meat in hot skillet until browned and crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer meat to a paper towel-lined plate and cool completely.
  3. Beat cake mix, water, mayonnaise, and eggs together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until just moistened. Increase speed to medium and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Fold 2/3 of the fried luncheon meat into cake batter. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans set on wire racks until completely cool.
  5. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and heavy cream; stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer and cook sauce without stirring for 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir salt into sauce, and cool completely.
  6. Transfer sauce to a large bowl and beat in confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time until frosting reaches desired consistency. Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes and top with remaining fried luncheon meat.


Calories: 285 kcal
Carbohydrates: 32.6 g
Cholesterol: 43 mg
Fat: 16.5 g
Fiber: 0.1 g
Protein: 2.8 g
Sodium: 310 mg