Chocolate BACON Cupcakes

04Aug09

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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
2 Eggs
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
Frosting:
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.

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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.

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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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