Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Please a Redditor - Make Maple Bacon Cupcakes

So I have this friend who lives in Brooklyn. He's the typical Woot-T-shirt-wearing, bare-footed, most-of-the-time long-haired, alternative-band-loving denizen of Williamsburg. It was his birthday last week, and I knew I wanted to make cupcakes, but I didn't know which kind would perfectly suit. Another friend expertly recommended... Maple Bacon Cupcakes!!!

A brilliant idea!


Please note, you will be forced to use real maple syrup by your syrup snob friends. Yes, they're out there. None of that pancake Jemima goo. You'll also have to actually use nice, thick cut bacon. If it tears when you're taking it out of the plastic, save that for the kids, and go get Better Bacon.

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Cake Ingredients - Makes 12 cupcakes, or 24 mini-cupcakes
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp Butter
  • Solidified bacon fat from...
  • 6 Strips of Bacon
  • 1 Egg
  • 5 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp (real) Maple Syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups Self Rising Flour (1 cup SR flour = 1 cup AP flour + 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder + 1/4 tsp Salt)
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup of Milk
Frosting Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp (real) Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup of Powdered Sugar
  • Roughly chopped Bacon to garnish

First, make your home smell beautiful by cooking up the thick-sliced bacon. Set the bacon aside, and when they're dry, give them a rough chop. You need 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of bacon bits to put into the cake mix. The rest can be used for garnish and gnoshing. While you're doing that, put the bacon fat in the freezer to solidify. 

Preheat your oven to 350F.

When the bacon fat is ready, beat it with the butter until it's fluffy. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and beat until combined. Add the one egg and again, beat until combined.  

In another bowl, sift the together the SR flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

Alternatively add the flour mixture and milk to your wet batter until everything is incorporated. Fold in your roughly chopped bacon.

**Note: At this point, when you taste your batter, you may be disappointed. It doesn't taste like too much, but that's because you've been eating straight bacon for 30 minutes. Just chill out and keep going.

Fill either 12 cupcake tins or 24 mini-cupcake tins with the batter and bake for about 18-22 min (or 12 minutes for minis).

While that's happening, make the frosting. I doubled this recipe, but then ended up with half a portion more then I needed. Meh, do what seems right. 

Beat the butter and syrup together in a clean bowl. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, then whip it all until you have peaks. The frosting is pretty thick and kind of grainy. Again, Don't Worry. It will Be Fine.

When the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost them pretty and add a bacon garnish to make it all fancy. A dash of sea salt can also really make the flavor pop. 

You may or may not doubt these cupcakes before you serve them. I did. BUT, when you're eating them with your friends, you will finally be hit with the savory, smokiness of the cake, and the epic maple sweetness of the frosting (butter, really, it's just butter). Shit will be fabulous. 

:D Trust! Bake! Enjoy!

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