*** Warning**** This is by no means a diet a recipe. The cupcake batter itself has 3 sticks of butter and 5 eggs. Paula Deen would be proud. The frosting is made of chocolate, bacon grease and butter. Can you feel your waste line getting bigger as you sit here and read this? I sure felt it growing on me when I tried one of these cupcakes after I had made them.
Every Thursday, is considered “Treat Day” for me. At 9:30 a bunch of us go into the break room and chow down. That is the only day I allow myself to splurge a little. Usually, we have things like meatballs, sandwiches and fajitas. I think they’re all going to be surprised with these because everybody there is obsessed with bacon. Not a lot of them have tried chocolate and bacon before. The smell of chocolate and bacon grease melting together is probably one of the most orgasmic of all smells. I wish someone made a candle that smelled like bacon and chocolate! I’m not even going to figure out the points for these, because I don’t want to know.
Ingredients from Cherry Tea Cakes
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a cupcake pan with cupcake wrappers.
Mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Pour batter into lined cupcake tins.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes minimum, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Bacon Chocolate Gnache
1 part bacon grease
1 part butter, melted
2 parts dark chocolate
Chopped up bacon to taste
Cook the bacon and measure the bacon grease in grams. Melt and equivalent amount of butter in the same pan (uncleaned to pick up more bacon flavor) you cooked the bacon in. Add in the two parts of chocolate and melt.
Once all is melted and combined, set aside to cool. We opted to cool ours covered in the freezer stirring frequently. Chop a few pieces of cooked bacon into tiny pieces, and set aside. We like it extra crispy for texture.
Once the mixture has cooled to a spreadable consistency, spoon it out into a stand mixture and whip at a high speed until it is light and fluffy. Fold in bacon pieces.