April 26, 2013 by Renee
The way I see it, the four food groups need an overhaul. I know they had that pyramid thing for a while, but I like to keep things classic. How about the four food groups of awesome? Henceforth they shall be: Bacon, Cheese, Sugar, and Liquor!!!!!
Oh, and carbs because duh, how would you live?
I combined two of the essential food groups into one ridiculous cupcake. I mean, you haven’t been able to buy yourself any new clothes in months. You need cupcakes to keep you going. You deserve it.
I’m not so up on the trends, usually because I can’t afford them. It took a while, but I finally put bacon in a dessert, and it was super awesome. I know I’m not the last one on the planet to give this a try. Let me urge you not to waste another day.
The cupcakes are sticky and rich, with a hint of spice. And the cream cheese icing has bits of bacon throughout. Bacon! What else do I have to say?
This cupcake isn’t overpoweringly bacony. It’s not like putting your breakfast on top of a cake. The bacon just adds an essential chewy, salty, smoky factor that pretty much makes you want to swoon.
You might also like to put some Bailey’s and bacon vodka into your favorite coffee to help wash it down. Bacon Irish Coffee can’t possibly be a bad idea.
Put bacon on your cupcakes. Do it now! You’ll thank me later.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Bacon Cream Cheese Icing
recipe from My Year in Meals by Rachael Ray
for the cupcakes:
makes 12-15 (if you try to be logical and only make 12, they’ll overflow a bit)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 Tbsp recently boiled water
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 shakes of ground cloves
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 and put your favorite cupcake papers in your pan.
- In a small bowl, stir together the cocoa powder and hot water to form a thick paste. Then slowly whisk in the buttermilk.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cloves, and both sugars.
- In a larger bowl beat the eggs for about a minute. Mix in half the cocoa mixture, then half the flour mixture. Then repeat the process with the rest of the cocoa and flour. Stir until just combined.
- Fill the cups about halfway, then bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool completely.
for the frosting:
1/2 stick (2 ounces) butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped to small pieces (save one piece per cupcake to decorate, if you so choose)
- With a mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.
- Add the sugar, vanilla, and milk, and mix until smooth. It will be halfway between a set frosting and a glaze.
- Stir in the bacon.
- Spoon the frosting onto your cupcakes. It will drip a bit. Garnish with bacon pieces then store in the refrigerator.
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