My stepson LOVES bacon. He does not like cake. Today is his 11th birthday. We had a party with family for him today and I wanted to try something a little different and special for his dessert. Yes, I did buy a Dairy Queen mint chocolate chip oreo cookie cake for dessert. But I’ve been eyeing up this bacon chocolate cupcake recipe and thought it would be a great time to try. My stepson is a picky eater. If he says a meal I make is “ok”, I’ve won. If he likes it, it’s a huge win. All other food is a fight. It was a risk, being that he doesn’t like cake (hence the ice cream
cake,) but he devoured it last night…for the win!
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted – work has had me extremely busy and braving -20 degree temps in WI and IL. I’ve had a lot of catching up/cleaning up to do – so no pics during the baking process. But here’s the recipe – try it and let me know what you think!!
12 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled (it should be crispy)
2 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 c. white sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 c. cold, strong brewed coffee
1 c. buttermilk (don’t have buttermilk? see my tip below!)
1/2 c. vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Make a well in the center, and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk and vegetable oil.
Stir just until blended.
Mix in 3/4 of the bacon, reserving the remainder for garnish.
Spoon the batter into the cups (I filled mine 3/4 full).
Bake in the preheated oven for 22 to 25 minutes until the tops spring back when lightly pressed.
Cool in the pan set over a wire rack.
For your topping you can use chocolate frosting with bacon crumbles on top. Or, if you don’t have frosting (or mess it up because you’re in a rush like I was), sift confectioners sugar over the cupcakes and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Sprinkle bacon crumbles on top.
Buttermilk – If you don’t have buttermilk, no problem! Take a little less than 1 cup of milk and mix with 1 tbsp of white vinegar or lemon juice. Let stand for 5 minutes. Done, buttermilk! This is what I used in the recipe above and it worked just fine.
Adapted from: allrecipes.com