Monday 6 May 2013

Bun Spread

It’s Caker Cooking’s two-year anniversary!

It seems like only 730 days ago I posted my first recipe for Mock Apple Pie. Since then, there have been a few tears, a few laughs and more than a few pounds. (It’s gotten so bad, I’m wearing Spanx in the shower these days.)

To celebrate my milestone, I’m christening May as Unfortunately Named Caker Recipe Month. Every week I’ll feature a caker recipe that – while delicious – has a name only a mother could love. Provided that mother is blind, deaf and delusional. I’ve posted some unfortunately named recipes before (remember Dump Cake and White Stuff?) but the recipes I’m featuring this month have a special place in my heart.

On that note, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my anniversary than by spreading my buns.

Er. That didn’t sound good. Let me try again. 

Who doesn’t love a tasty bun spread?

Uh, take three.

When was the last time a bun spread made your eyes roll back in your head?

See what I mean? Regardless of how you say it, stringing the words “bun” and “spread” so close together is pretty much guaranteed to garner some awkward coughs, gossip at the next Euchre night or, if you're lucky, a phone number. My advice? Leave out the “bun” and just say “spread.” As in, “Hot damn, Dolores – now that's what I call a spread!”

Now doesn’t that sound better?

See you next week for another unfortunately named caker recipe!

1 can tomato paste
1 can shrimp
½ cup cooked bacon or ham
½ teaspoon Italian spice
1 can mushrooms
½ cup grated cheese
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup green pepper
¼ cup onion
Mix all ingredients together. Spread on bun halves. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes This mixture can be frozen.

Editor's note: Fresh buns make all the difference in the world.

Source: Cook Book of the Mount Royal United Church, Saskatoon


  1. Definitely. Upon reading the thumbnail of your post, I said "Oh! Unfortunate name, that one!"

    1. It's like naming your son Manfred. I mean, there are just so many other options out there.

  2. I like every single thing about Bun Spread.

    And the recipe doesn't look too bad, either.

    1. It's actually pretty tasty. Although I find cocktail shrimp a wee bit creepy. They remind me of sea monkeys.

    2. I think that is because they are sea monkeys??

    3. They're not. The way to tell them apart is that the female sea monkeys wear bows in their hair.

  3. I think there's something to be said for firm buns - in the right context!

  4. my word verification puzzle for that comment was nellie - are we okay with that?

    1. So long as it didn't say "Nellie's Bun Spread," I think we're okay.

  5. Happy anniversary, Caker Cooking! I'm a big fan.

  6. Replies
    1. Did two words ever sound so perfect side by side?

  7. This recipe sounds divine. What are some substitutes for the shrimp, and the bacon/ham for someone who doesn't eat meat. Thanks in advance

    1. I think you could use beans as a substitute for meat. Maybe chick peas. Or navy beans. Heck, why not baked beans? As for the shrimp, you could subsitute them with water chestnuts. Or sea monkeys.