For months people have been telling me to try to make cupcakes with bacon in them. Well here's the problem... I dont like bacon! So this sounds like the worlds worst idea on the planet to me. Why am I going to mess up perfectly good cupcakes with BACON! But since it was my awesome fiance's birthday this past weekend, I decided to be really nice and make cupcakes that I knew he would love.... and he does love bacon! The idea for the for these cupcakes came from the TV show 2 Broke Girls (BTW, totally jealous of their purple oven!) and I thought if they could do it, so could I!
I went to total wine to try to find a beer to use, and probably spent 10 minutes examining the Stout shelf before finding Victory's Storm King. Victory is probably one of my most favorite breweries since it is located near Philly. It was where we went for dinner almost every parents weekend or time my parents visited while in college. And since now my friend Karen works for them, it makes me even more excited to support them!
So the cupcake process itself was fairly easy. I used my favorite chocolate stout cupcake recipe (one day maybe I'll try a different one.. I just love this one too much!). I did struggle with finding a maple frosting recipe I liked, mostly because I wanted a recipe that didn't have maple syrup in it. Why? Well mostly because I had bought maple flavoring many months ago while searching for root beer extract and I wanted to use it. However, I did eventually realize that the maple syrup recipes were easy and in the time crunch I was under while trying to prepare to tailgate for Dave Matthew's Band, I needed to get it done! And the frosting was good. It did not hold up very well in the hot car as we drove to Gainesville, but I honestly think that was in part due to the maple syrup i drizzled on top. I think that would be something you should add right before you serve.
The hardest part for me was the bacon! Since its not something I normally cook with, it was a challenge to make it and judge how much I needed.
However, everyone seemed to really like them! The inital response was normally skeptical when they hear the flavor combination, but then once you try it, everyone seemed very pleased. I made sure all the Dad's in my life (my dad, my future father in law, future brother in law) all got to try it as well, and they seemed to really like it. It definitely was a good cupcake for boys :)
Definitely will be keeping this one in the repitore!
Maple Bacon Beer Cupcakes
- 1-1/3 Stout. I used Storm King by Victory
- 1 1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
- 3 oz unsweetened chocolate
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 1/2 Tablespoon Baking Soda
- 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Large Eggs
- 3/4 cup Sour Cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Bring stout and butter to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Do not boil.
- Add unsweetened chocolate chunks to hot stout/butter mixture. Whisk until chocolate melts. Turn heat off and let cool.
- Add sugar to chocolate mixture and whisk to combine.
- Sift flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl (I just use a whisk)
- In a stand-alone mixer with a whisk attachment, combine the eggs and sour cream on medium speed.
- Add stout-chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and combine on medium-low speed until encorporated.
- Slowly add flour mixture in thirds to chocolate mixture with whisk attachment. Scrape the sides with your whisk to make sure you get all the dry ingredients combined.
- Place cupcake papers in pan and divide batter into cups evenly. Fill about 2/3 of the cup.
- Bake for 18-24 minutes or until the tops are firm to the touch, and a toothpick/fork comes out clean when put in the top
- 2 sticks unsalted butter; room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 4-1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup; plus more for drizzling
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 lb bacon, cooked
- Cream butter until smooth. Add in vanilla
- Add in powdered sugar one cup at a time, fully incorporating after each addition
- Add in maple syrup and salt and mix until smooth
- Pipe or spread frosting on top of cupcakes as desired.
- Cook bacon until crispy. Drain and let cool.
- Chop bacon into bite sized pieces and sprinkle on top of cupcakes
- Drizzle maple syrup on top if desired.
Cupcakes Adapted from Celebrations.comIcing adapted from the Novice Chef