If you haven’t already, jump on the bacon bandwagon. Baking/cooking with bacon has become a huge hit… it’s hard to imagine how it could get more popular… but it has. Thanks to famous youtubers, Epic Meal Time, cooking with bacon has hit an all time high. From stores coming out with bacon cookbooks to blogs filled with bacon covered recipes, it’s been taking over. I myself am an avid reader of these cooking/food blogs and this recipe popped out at me.
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
adapted from allrecipes
makes 12 cupcakes
1 1/8 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons sour cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, whisk egg and sugar until smooth and no lumps remain. Add milk, cream, butter and vanilla, and mix until combined. Stir in sour cream. Sift dry ingredients together and add to wet mixture. Mix until batter is smooth. Line a muffin tin with liners and using a 1/4 cup measure, add batter to each cup. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Let cool before frosting.
White Chocolate Ganache
1/2 cup heavy cream
6 ounces white chocolate chips (I used ghiradelli)
1/2 tablespoon butter.
Heat a saucepan on low heat and add heavy cream. Add chips to a bowl. Bring to a boil, but keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t boil over. Immediately remove and pour over chocolate chips. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, then mix with a spatula to melt chocolate. Stir in butter. Once melted and thick, lay a piece of plastic wrap over top and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. Frost cupcakes as desired. I recommend refrigerating the cupcakes for 15-20 minutes so the ganache can set. Then top with a slice of bacon.
Recipe for Cinnamon Sugared Bacon HERE.
*Unfortunately for me, I did this on a whim and didn’t go shopping before hand. I used regular hot chocolate powder cocoa instead of dark cocoa powder and that’s why I ended up with such a light cupcake. Also, I made the white chocolate ganache and was unsuccessful so I had to swoop in with a simple vanilla buttercream icing to save the day.
Disclaimer: If you don’t think candied bacon is for you, think again. It is the most interesting, delicious thing I have ever made and it is well worth it. So do it, now.