I know this sounds weird and possibly disgusting. Bear with me, because these cupcakes were delicious.
This week one of the attorneys at work had a birthday, and I knew that he particularly likes bacon. Even chocolate covered bacon. I've made chocolate covered bacon before, and it was time to take it to the next level.
Enter chocolate bacon covered cupcakes. The cupcake isn't too sweet, and the maple frosting makes it taste like the best breakfast ever -- chocolate chip pancakes with bacon.
Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes
recipe adapted from 52 Kitchen Adventures
Makes 14-16 cupcakes.
1 package of thick cut bacon
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup boiling water
1 1/3 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup bacon fat, cooled
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
3 oz dark chocolate
1 cup butter
1/3 cup milk
splash of vanilla
1/2 cup maple syrup
4 cups (or so) of powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare muffin tin with cupcake papers
- Mix together hot water and cocoa powder until totally dissolved. Set in the fridge to cool.
- Heat up a pan and cook that bacon! Save the grease and pop it in the fridge to cool because we'll be using it in the cupcakes.
- Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
- Cream butter, sugar, and bacon fat together in bowl. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.
- Combine with dry ingredients, then add water/cocoa mixture. Add mini chocolate chips and mix until combined.
- Divide into muffin tins, and cook for 15-19 minutes, or until tops spring back when touched.
- Take that bacon you cooked earlier, and chop into bite sized pieces or smaller.
- Melt the 3oz dark chocolate in a double boiler or microwave until smooth
- Take 2/3 of the chopped, cooked bacon, and mix in with the chocolate. Spread on a piece of waxed paper, spreading out the bacon as much as possible. (The clumps will dry together, so you'd rather have small pieces to cover your cupcakes with, rather than big pieces)
- If you're in a rush, pop this into the fridge. Let harden.
cream together butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add 1/2 of the milk and 2 cups of sugar. If too stiff/too soft, add more sugar or milk until frosting is desired consistency.
putting it all together
- Frost the cupcakes with the maple frosting once the cupcakes are completely cool.
- Take the cooled chocolate bacon and sprinkle over the cupcakes. Once they look chocolatey and delicious, take the non-chocolate bacon and fill in the gaps.
And there you have it! A weird (but delicious!) treat.