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Big Black Dog: I succumbed to bacon!

May 2, 2008

I succumbed to bacon!


For several months now I've been reading about the beauty of bacon in cookies and cupcakes and decided to take the plunge.
I mixed up a batch of some of my favorite Devil's Food Cupcakes, adding additional cocoa and minced up the crispy bacon. I anxiously awaited the little devils as they baked. Finally, they were cool enough to handle and I took a big bite and...well where is it? Where's that savory goodness of bacon? I could hardly tell there was any bacon at all. I was disappointed.

When Joe, aka Mr. Tastebuds, got home from work, he wanted a cupcake and I said "yes". Which surprised the heck out of him because the cakes were not frosted yet and eating a cupcake sans frosting is a big NO-NO in my home! But he took a bite and then another bite and he asked "What's the little bits of dried stuff? Is it dried fruit? I don't like it." Oh well, at least I wasn't the only one that could not taste the bacon. But even if I bake the most fabulous cupcake ever, the best Joe could do would be "tasty", so really "I don't like it" is not that bad...LOL!!

So I decided to try and save the little buggers. Hey apple and brown sugar go great with bacon, so a new frosting was born. Let's hope it helps the bacon flavor but if all else fails it will still be a tasty cupcake with unidentifiable dried bits better left to the unknown.



Apple Brown Butter Cupcakes
Little Chocolate Devil's Food Cupcakes recipe adapted from Foodnetwork Kitchens

1 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa (not Dutch-process)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
2 large whole eggs, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup water

My changes: I added an additional 2 TBL of unsweetened cocoa and 8 pieces of minced crispy bacon.

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Beat the butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium-high and gradually add the sugar. Beat until light and smooth, about 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low and beat in the whole eggs and yolk 1 at a time, incorporating each fully before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Bring water just to a boil in a small saucepan and remove from the heat. With the mixer at low speed, beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture in 4 additions. Drizzle in the hot water, about 2 tablespoons at a time, and mix briefly to make a smooth batter. Fold in the minced bacon.

Divide the batter among the muffin cups filling them 2/3 full. Bake until the centers of the cupcakes spring back when pressed gently, about 20 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the tin on a rack for 10 minutes then remove from the tin and cool completely before frosting.

Apple Feathered Brown Butter Frosting
Recipe developed in the kitchen of Big-Black-Dog

2 TBL butter or margarine, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 c. apple butter (I used my homemade apple butter but any brand is fine)
2 tsp meringue powder

With electric mixer, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla until well blended. Gradually beat in both sugars until mixture is smooth and creamy.

*NOTE: You may need to add more powdered sugar depending on the moisture content of the apple butter.

The Recipe for the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting can be found in my blog here.

Assembly: Bakes 12 regular sized cupcakes. When cupcakes are cool load pastry bag with half Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting and half Apple Feathered Brown Butter Frosting using a size 2D Star Tip swirl on the marbled frosting. Sprinkle with chocolate jimmies.





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15 Comments:

Blogger Lucy said...

Love what you've done w/the frosting, looks amazing and Ooooh so pretty!

May 3, 2008 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger giz said...

Seems like a waste if you can't even taste the bacon. I wonder if chocolate and bacon are each too powerful a flavor to compliment each other. Interesting.

May 3, 2008 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Giz...I was amazed that neither Joe or I could taste the bacon. Eight pieces of bacon in the recipe is quite a bit. You could taste a teeny bit of smoke but that's it.

I don't see where all the fuss was about putting bacon in baked goods.

But the Apple Butter Frosting was fabulous!!

Michelle

May 3, 2008 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger OhioMom said...

Forget the bacon ... look at that amazing frosting !

I give the frosting a big "Way to GO"

May 3, 2008 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Hey, I'm getting pretty adventurous with the frosting now that I've lost my fear of the pastry bag..LOL!! :))

It was about 100% humidity and we had tornado warnings when I frosted the little darlings. If the frosting looks like it's sweating, it probably was.

Joe gave the cupcakes a "tasty" rating!

May 3, 2008 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger PheMom said...

OK. That's it. Get OUT of my brain! I'm not joking. I woke up this morning thinking, hmmm... I wonder if today is the day I should try something sweet with bacon in it. I just came to say hi and started laughing so hard when I read your post. Too surreal! These cupcakes look simply AMAZING with that beautiful frosting! Great job!

May 3, 2008 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

What a great save - they look amazing!

May 6, 2008 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous diva said...

i absolutely love that frosting..it's one sexy cupcake!

May 6, 2008 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger toontz said...

So sorry about the bacon. But the cupcakes look fantastic with that frosting. Great job!

May 6, 2008 at 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

I'm not sure about bacon in cupcakes... but, if they were presented like these, I'd eat the entire batch. Magnificent photos!

May 6, 2008 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger S. said...

Ummm Yes please?! These cupcakes look absolutely incredible. Good freaking job!

May 7, 2008 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Tarah said...

How interesting! These look amazing!

May 9, 2008 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

These cupcakes must be the most amazingly, beautiful cupcakes I have ever seen. Bacon in a cupcake is new to me, but who cares.....I want one!!!!

June 23, 2008 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger Stef said...

That frosting sounds and looks soooo good! I'm bookmarking it to try!

June 23, 2008 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Joy the Baker said...

I'm so overwhelmed by these cupcakes! Bacon, apple, chocolate, brown butter! So much I'm not sure I can handle. They look lovely though. I'm convinced that brown butter makes everything better!

June 23, 2008 at 6:30 PM  

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