My kitchen was hoppin' last night as I made these cupcakes. This morning, I mixed together the frosting just in time to take them to a little cookout.
THIS site because of the buttercream flavor and the bacon...Yes, I DO love bacon. I decided I'd give it a try...but make it my own by tweaking the recipe up a bit.
Here's my version of the recipe...adding a little bit more of this and switching a little of that, and adding something new. I have to say that this cupcake recipe was so yummy! I'll definitely be making it again!
1 1/3 cup flour
1/4 t baking soda
2 t baking powder
3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 t salt
4 T unsalted butter- softened
1 1/2 c white sugar
2 eggs (aged on the counter for the day)
3/4 t vanilla paste
4 T instant coffee (mixed in 1 T hot water)
1 cup milk (minus 4 T)
Candied Bacon Crumbles:
6 slices of cooked bacon
1/3 c dark brown sugar
Maple Cognac Buttercream:
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 1/2 t vanilla bean paste
1/4 c maple syrup
4 T Cognac
Here's how you put it all together!
Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Sift dry ingredients together then set aside. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla paste in stand mixer then add eggs (one at a time) until combined. Add milk and coffee and mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients a little at a time until batter develops nicely. Scoop batter (I use the middle pictured here: cookie scoop) into cupcake liners placed in a cupcake pan. Use only one scoop and it will fill approximately 3/4 full. Place into oven for 15-19 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from pans and set onto cooling rack to cool.
Sugared Bacon Sprinkles:
Maple Cognac Buttercream Frosting:Cream 1 cup room temperature butter and powdered sugar in stand mixer. Add 1 1/2 t vanilla paste, 3/4 c maple syrup (I use Mrs. Butterworth) and 4 T Cognac in stand mixer. Mix until light and fluffy.
**Before I put the frosting on the cupcake, I squirted some maple syrup onto the tops of the cupcakes. This syrup soaked into the cupcakes just a bit before the buttercream was added on top.
Place buttercream frosting into an icing bag and apply to tops of cupcakes. I used a 105 tip, but I believe any tip or or a knife will do the trick. Just don't use your finger. It might be too hard to resist that lick! Sprinkle some sugared bacon crumbles on top and...