Monday, February 13, 2012

Finally Starting: Bacon Cupcakes!

I am finally starting the food blog! After diving in maple bacon cupcakes I feel like its time. So my goal is to post recipes of things I've made, share my experiences in trying new things, and have some fun while doing it!

To kick things off I'm going to share my latest cupcake creation: Maple Bacon Cupcakes

When the idea was suggested to me, I knew I had to make them. After doing some googling, I found several different recipes but nothing really sounded like what I was looking for. Several just took pancake batter, folded in bacon, and baked them like you would a regular cupcake. I choose to create my own recipe based on several different vanilla cake recipes.

The only problem is I don't eat bacon so I wouldn't be able to taste my creation. My lucky roommate became my brave taste tester.

The cupcakes turned out perfectly! I brought them with me to my show and they were gone in no time. So am guessing they tasted good. 

Bacon Maple Cupcakes
(Bacon maple cake, toped with maple buttercream and bacon)

Bacon Cake:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of solidified bacon fat
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup or more chopped bacon
  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bacon in your proffered method (I baked it in the oven). Drain off and save the grease. 
2. While the bacon fat is solidifying, combined flour and baking powder. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and bacon fat until combined. Add sugar and maple syrup and beat with butter mixer until fluffy. 
3. Continue to beat as you add in the eggs, one at a time until combine
4. Add in half the flour mixture and mix until combined. Next add the milk, mix, and then the rest of the flour. Mix until combine.
5. Fold bacon into the thick cake batter. 
6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way. Bake for ten minutes rotate pan and bake for another 10 minutes or until toothpick come out clean.

Maple Frosting:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 cups powder sugar
  • 1. Beat butter and syrup until combined . Add powder sugar a little at a time until frosting is the desired consistency. Add pinch of salt at the end.

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