BACON! Yep – bacon.
If you aren’t one of those people that “get bacon”, this post may be lost on you. If you are one of those people that may want to consider bacon as a food group, I’ve got news for you. Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes.
It is a beautifully organized concoction that brings together so much brilliance, it brightens gloomy days.
It was a huge hit in our household.
I’m salivating again, thinking about it. It is a beautiful mixture of sweet and savory. Tending more sweet, the bacon just adds a bit of saltiness, not an overwhelming bacon flavor.
I found the recipe on allrecipes and made very little alterations. I recipe on allrecipes didn’t include a frosting recipe, but I have included the frosting I used (just a classic chocolate buttercream frosting), below, so you can fully enjoy this deliciousness.
Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes
1 Package center cut bacon, well cooked (crispy)
2 cups flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup brewed coffee, cold
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. In a large bowl, stir the flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and add the eggs, coffee, buttermilk and oil. Stir until just blended.
3. Take 3/4 of the bacon and crumble it into tiny pieces. You may even consider giving it a quick chop in the food processor. Add the crumbled bacon to the batter.
4. Scoop the batter into prepared cupcake liners and bake in the oven until the tops spring back when lightly touched, 20-25 minutes. Let cool on a baking rack.
5. In another large bowl, add butter, 1/4 cup cocoa, vanilla and powdered sugar. Using a mixer, beat well.
6. Beat in milk, a teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. You may end up using more or less milk, but I found myself closer to 1/4 cup.
7. When cupcakes have cooled, frost with the chocolate frosting.
8. With the remaining bacon, cut 1 inch pieces for each cupcake. Crumble the remaining bacon and sprinkle over the frosting. Nestle the 1 inch bacon pieces on top of each cupcake.