Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bacon? Chocolate? Oh Yes.

Ladies and gentlemen, have I got a recipe for you.

I made these for Geoff's birthday. As a friend observed, Geoff is a baconphile (what? it's a word). And hey, bacon's not just for breakfast anymore.

Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

12 slices bacon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 large eggs
1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Note: Instead of using buttermilk, you can put a tablespoon of white vinegar into a one-cup measure, then fill it the rest of the way with milk (I usually bake with 2%) and let it sit for at least 5 minutes.

1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line the cups of a muffin pan with cupcake papers. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain. When cooled slightly, chop in a food processor until crumbled into small pieces.
2. In a large bowl, use a whisk to 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 oil. Stir just until blended. Mix in 3/4 of the bacon pieces, reserving the rest for garnish. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, frost with your favorite chocolate frosting and sprinkle reserved bacon crumbles on top. You can sprinkle a little extra sea salt on top for decoration.

Dark Chocolate Frosting

6 Tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk

1. Cream butter and vanilla.
2. In a separate bowl, combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture.
3. Slowly add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency, then beat another 5 minutes until creamy.


Aunty Pol said...

Yum..we have a saying at home : " Everything in life can be improved by bacon or chocolate or both ." My hubby refers to bacon as " dead pig" because he swears that our 6 cats recognize the word bacon...silly husband.

SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra said...

Bacon and chocolate together??????? Our mama loves both of them, but she says NEVER together!!!!!!!

As long as Geoff loved them, that's really all that counts. :)

Love to y'all.

Marlene said...

so wrong and yet so right!!!

Angel Simba said...

Sounds unusual to put those two things together, but we will take your word for it that it works!

BeadedTail said...

Bacon and coffee in cupcakes? Very interesting! Glad Geoff enjoyed his birthday cupcakes though!

Unknown said...

Ohhhhh, they are SOOOOOOOOOOO good. I don't like chocolate unless it's REALLY dark, so this combination was perfect. We occasionally get some delicious bacon + dark chocolate bars too.

I'm an incredibly lucky fella.

Cindy said...

I think my husband would like this!

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

OMG a "marriage made in heaven" Thank goodness I don't bake....I want these.....NOW!!! :)


Goodness this sounds decadent!


The Florida Furkids said...

Mom is drooling all over the keyboard!!!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

WE would eat bacon!

Unknown said...

In the world of culinary delights all things are possible. My friend likes to put coconut in her chocolate ice cream. Seriously.

Rene said...

You did an excellent job--those look amazing. That combination is not for me, but a lot of people have said bacon + chocolate is good.