Want to make something fun (and surprisingly simple) for Valentine’s Day dessert this year? The spaghetti and meatball cupcake on the kid’s dessert menu at Mama Melrose in Hollywood Studios is super fun and all ages can enjoy it at home.
Spaghetti and meatballs has become a romantic dish thanks to Lady and the Tramp, but it’s even more sweet as a cupcake! It looks super cute and tastes delicious too. One of the things I really appreciated about this one was that it wasn’t too difficult to make it look good. I’m not a food artist but it’s okay if spaghetti is a little messy!
A few notes about my version of the spaghetti and meatball cupcake recipe:
- You can start with any chocolate cupcake recipe you like as the base. I personally just used a boxed cupcake mix – I knew I’d be spending a little time on the decorations so I figured I’d make it more simple for the baking part!
- I bought a pre-made buttercream frosting as well but I added some slight yellow food coloring to make it look more like pasta. Start small – you can always add more if necessary but you can’t remove coloring once you add it.
- For the meatballs I actually tried two different techniques – I used a few extra cupcakes to sculpt some mini cake balls, and I used Lindt truffles on top. I was afraid the truffles would look too round and perfect, but I found that once you added the “parmesan” white chocolate on top you couldn’t really tell that much and the truffles were easier.
- Freeze your white chocolate before grating – it’s so much easier that way.
Helpful kitchen tools for this spaghetti and meatball cupcake recipe:
Microplane Grater. This handheld crater is one of the best tools you can find to easily grate smaller things in the kitchen – I use mine all the time, but for this recipe it’s useful for grating the white chocolate.
Piping tips. For decorating cupcakes I like to have a variety of piping tips available – for this one you need a pretty thin round (in the Wilton set I use tip #8).
Rubber spatula. This is a must have for baking now. We have about 3 of them because I use them so much! It makes moving batter around so much easier.
Apron. I don’t know about you but I am not the neatest baker – for a project like this an apron is a must! Bonus points if it’s Disney.