Chocolate BACON Cupcakes
Yep, you read that right. And yes, that’s Bacon in and on that cupcake. And yes, they’re good! Chris and I were talking last week about a treat to make this past weekend, and although I was thinking more like cookies, or chocolate, Chris was thinking Bacon. So I figured, why not combine them? Sure enough my googling skills landed me at No One Puts Cupcake in a Corner (+15 points for the name) which has a great recipe for these little gems. Although our friends were hesitant to try them at first, once they did pretty much everyone gave great reviews! I definitely think you have to like bacon to appreciate these guys, but if you do, then I would highly recommend giving them a shot — why not, right!? There are, believe it or not, several recipes out there for these cupcakes. I chose this one because it was chocolate (not vanilla!) and had the bacon in the actual cupcake, not just on top.
Chocolate BACON Cupcakes (makes 24)
1 lb Bacon (your choice!)
2 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
3/4 cup Cocoa, and extra to sprinkle
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Cold Coffee
1 cup Buttermilk (I didn’t have any and used the substitute 1 cup Milk + 1 Tbsp lemon juice)
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
2 3/4 cups Powdered Sugar
6 Tbsp Cocoa
6 Tbsp Butter
5 Tbsp Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
First off, cook the bacon. When it’s done, set it on paper towels to drain, and chop it up into small pieces.
Mmmmm… bacon. Then preheat the oven to 350 and start the batter. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, powder and salt. Make a well and into it crack the eggs, and pour the coffee, buttermilk, and oil. Stir to combine. The batter will be thin. That’s OK. Add 3/4 of the cooked bacon to the batter. Yep. Do it.
Once the bacon is stirred in, line a cupcake tin with papers and fill each halfway. Bake 25-30 minutes, test with a toothpick. Let cool completely before frosting. For the frosting, blend all the ingredients together with a hand beater and pipe onto the cupcakes. Sprinkle cupcakes with remaining bacon and cocoa powder. Store covered in the fridge and eat within a couple days!
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