Believe it or not, bacon and cupcakes go quite well together. I tried a pinterest recipe for Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes with a Nutella Buttercream Frosting (click on the link to see the recipe!) this past Saturday and was pleasantly surprised. Bef0re diving wholly into making these odd-sounding cupcakes, I took an informal poll among friends and family and came up with about a 2-8 rating. I didn’t have the hope of success on my side…but yet I trudged forward.
Since this was my second attempt at cupcakes without the help of my favorite cupcaker, Chelsea, I was a little tentative. First, it is a new recipe. Second, everything is from scratch. Third, Bacon in cupcakes?!
“So, Joy. Why did you make bacon cupcakes in the first place?” you ask. I figured it would be an appropriate dessert for my cousin’s 16th birthday party, considering that he and his friends love bacon…and that I bought him a bacon wallet for Christmas last year. Through watching Cupcake Wars with Chelsea, I realized that the fusion of bacon and cupcakes was actually possible. So, I went out on a limb and tried it.
Oddly enough, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought! The hardest part was walking around the cul-de-sac to see if anyone had a cupcake tin and some icing tips. The chocolate cupcake was completely from scratch, and was absolutely delicious…even without the bacon. Once the bacon was cooked and folded into the mixture, things got even better. I made a double batch of the batter, expecting two dozen cupcakes. I landed with two dozen normal-sized cupcakes, and had enough leftover batter to make two dozen mini cupcakes as well!
The frosting was truly the pleasant surprise. Aunt Sharon tasted it and said that it was “Delightfully unique…how could it not be good? Buttercream and Nutella…!” The fusion of the chocolate bacon cake and the Nutella frosting is where the magic really happened. To my surprise, the bacon in the cake isn’t extremely pronounced, but the small chunks added a slight crisp to each bite. Oddly delightful.
I took a sampling of the mini-cupcakes that I made to Willow Huntley yesterday morning to test out the creation. I heard an overwhelming positive response. This gave me hope for the full-scale cupcakes which were revealed at Matt’s party last night.
When the appropriate moment came at Matt’s party, I pulled the cupcakes out of the fridge, explained that they were, “Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes with a Nutella Buttercream frosting, garnished with a piece of bacon.” This was interpreted as, “Oh look! A chocolate cupcake with Nutella and a piece of bacon on the top!” Needless to say, it was a little surprising to many of the tasters when they bit in and tasted bacon melded with chocolate. For many, the biggest barrier to liking the cupcakes is the mental barrier of imagining chocolate and bacon together.
All of that to say that I take this venture as a success. I went out on a limb, tried something completely new, and received more positive than negative responses! If you’re looking for something to bake, try chocolate bacon cupcakes. If you’re looking for an epic frosting, go for Nutella buttercream!