It’s no secret that bacon is popping up in just about every recipe lately. Just take a look at Pinterest and you’ll see everything from bacon cookies, bacon corn bread, and bacon pancakes. So it only seemed natural to follow the trend and put bacon in a cupcake. Because everyone likes bacon, right? And everyone likes chocolate! They’re a prefect salty/sweet combination.
Makes about 18 cupcakes
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 3/4 cup buttermilk (I’ve done them with plain skim milk and have been fine)
- 3 tablespoons bacon grease
- 6-8 strips of bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven o 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside.
- Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
- Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, bacon grease, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes.
- Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed (it will be very liquidy but trust me, this is how it’s supposed to be).
- Fold in crumbled bacon, reserving about 2-3 tbsp. of bacon for sprinkling on top if desired.
- Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
- 8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 stick of butter at room temperature
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 Tbsp. milk
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- Cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth.
- Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time scraping the sides of the bowl down as you go.
- Mix in milk 1 Tbsp. at a time until the frosting is smooth and creamy. If it is too hard you can add in a bit more milk.
- Add in cocoa and mix to combine.
I know they sound like a weird combination, especially with the bacon grease in the batter, but trust me, the bacon and the chocolate works! It’s salty and sweet like a chocolate covered pretzel. In fact, I feel like I could have added in a little more bacon to the batter to give it more of a salty taste. They were definitely more of a novelty kind of cupcake that some people were a little nervous to try but if you can get people to try them it’s definitely worth it! They’ll be impressed!