Bacon+Chocolate, how could you go wrong? I’m a ginormous (I can’t believe that’s not a word yet!) Top Chef fan and this combination has been cropping up a lot over past seasons, especially the most recent one. Now I’ve taken a stab at it :) Recipe.
- 12 slices bacon Note: Used 6.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting Note: Omitted.
The original recipe said to ice the cupcakes with your favorite chocolate icing, but I didn’t have any, so I made some chocolate ganache. Recipe.
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 ounces milk chocolate, broken into small pieces Note: Used 1/2 cup semi-sweet choc. chips.
There are several bacon chocolate cupcake recipes floating around on the internet, and I couldn’t find one with a clear lead as far as user reviews went, so I went with this one because it seemed to be the most daring what with the coffee AND bacon AND chocolate. I was very pleasantly surprised! They were SO moist. They were amazing. I baked my bacon in a 400° oven for 17 minutes-ish.
I can never get bacon ‘crumbly’ without burning it, so I’m not sure the proper texture was achieved. I had to tear it into pieces. When you got a bite of bacon in the cupcake, it wasn’t a crunch, but more of a chewy texture. The crunch might’ve been nice. The bacon flavor was not overwhelming, probably because I used half the amount called for, but since this was my first attempt at bacon+chocolate goodness, I wanted to take it easy. Placing little pieces of bacon on top is a must! I think crunchier would’ve been better and might even try bacon bits next time? Hmm. I could only very subtly taste the coffee as well, but C’s work buds said they could taste it, not in a bad way though.
The ganache was super simple and the perfect homemade icing. Just whip it up (probably half would work for this recipe) and dip the cupcakes in there. It would also be perfect for s’mores, fruit, or whatever else you’d like to dip in chocolate.
Husband rating: 8 (but the work dudes gave them a 9) :) Maybe I’ll start sending all my recipes to the office?!
Would I make these for someone else? Yes. I think it would be fun to try and pass them off as regular chocolate cupcakes and THEN tell people what they were eating. The flavors are really subtle, but more sophisticated than plain ol’ chocolate.