Does a six-month-old blog need 3 bacon cupcake recipes? Obvi, yes!!!! The first bacon cupcake recipe was just an ice breaker, it showed me bacon cupcakes are totally the way to go! The second bacon cupcake, Man Cupcakes, was a total expression of the awesomeness that is a bacon cupcake! Despite the Man Cupcakes' deliciousness, it had a lot of breakfast overtones and I wanted to dial down the cinnamon and up the bacon. This third bacon cupcake does just that!
Replacing the butter with bacon fat adds fantastic flavor that really raises the bar when it comes to the overall bacon-ness of the cupcake. I worried the cupcake would be too fatty, but it wasn't and the cupcake was still tender, light, and moist. The bacon fat adds a rich saltiness! If you're looking for a less salty cupcake leave out the salt.
The frosting is so amazingly sweet and delicious! There is just the right hint of maple without being too sweet or overwhelming. The sweet frosting pairs really well with the saltier cupcake. And of course, the candied bacon on top is the perfect decoration and accompaniment to this beauty!
These cupcakes were made by special request for Jackie. She wanted to surprise her husband, Justin, for their first anniversary. Get it? Paper cupcake liner because paper is traditional for first anniversaries, genius idea! Justin is lucky to have such a wonderful wife!! Justin views my cupcake photos on Facebook and has been asking me to try one. When he asked me again about bacon cupcakes the day before I was scheduled to make them I had to completely avoid looking at Jackie so I wouldn't ruin the surprise! It's really fun to bake when you know the person receiving the baked goods is going to love them!!
Bacon Cupcakes adapted from my standard vanilla cupcakes Yield -18 cupcakes
6 pieces bacon, cooked extra crispy 1 cup sugar 1 3/4 cup cake flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoons salt 4 tablespoons cooled bacon fat (I had been saving this bacon fat in the fridge) 2 eggs 1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon vanilla 2/3 cup whole milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Saute the bacon on the stove top until it is extra crispy. Let cool on paper towel.
- In the bowl of a mixer add the sugar, flour, powder, soda, and salt, mix slowly with the paddle attachment. Add the bacon fat and beat for several minutes until the mixture becomes nice and crumbly.
- While the mixer is mixing, whisk together the sour cream, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Pour this in the mixer and combine. Scrape the mixing bowl as needed.
- Slowly add the milk in and turn on high for a few seconds.
- Crumble up the bacon and mix in.
- Use a standard ice cream scoop and place the batter into lined cupcake pans.
- Bake 14-17 minutes until a toothpick in a center cupcake comes out clean. Cool on cooling rack.
Maple Swiss Meringue Buttercream Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, page 304
5 large egg whites 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 cup maple syrup, grade B pinch of salt 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- Place the bowl of your stand mixer over a small pot filled with a little water to use as a double boiler. Add the egg whites, sugar, maple syrup, and salt to the bowl.
- Heat and whisk the mixture until it is frothy and there is no grittiness between your fingers when you feel the mixture.
- Move the bowl to the mixer and beat on medium speed until stiff peaks form and the bowl in completely cool to the touch.
- With the mixer running, add in the butter one tablespoon at time. The mixture may separate, but just keep beating and scrape down the bowl every now and again.
- Add the frosting to a piping bag with a large star tip and then top with a piece of candied bacon.
Candied Bacon 6 slices of bacon 6 tablespoons brown sugar
- Cover a toaster oven tray in foil. Place the bacon strips on the foil.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of brown sugar over each slice of bacon. Press into the bacon.
- Bake in the toaster oven for about 10 minutes. Watch closely and rotate the pan as needed. Bake until the sugar turns dark brown and bubbly.
- Let the bacon cool slightly and then carefully move to a sheet of parchment paper to cool and harden. Once cool, cut each slice into 3 pieces.