Saturday, February 2, 2013

Chocolate-Cookie-Dough-Bacon Cupcakes

Yes, you did read that correctly. These cupcakes involve a rich, chocolatey cake, cookie-dough flavored frosting, and BACON on top. How could anyone not like these? :) 

Shout out to my friend R for ordering these from us for a friend's birthday. They are a blast to make.

Also, tip for the ladies, try making these for Valentine's Day! :)
Chocolate Cake:
1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
4 eggs
2/3 cup oil
1 small pkg. chocolate instant pudding
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream (or greek yogurt)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
Spray liners with non-stick spray.
 In a large bowl, gently whisk eggs, oil, milk, sour cream and vanilla extract together
Add cake mix and pudding mix, stir until combined.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Cookie Dough Frosting: (from Annie's Eats)
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
2 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
2 tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat together the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until creamy. 
Mix in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
 Beat in the flour and salt. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until smooth and well blended.

Cut bacon into fourths (or thirds if you want bigger pieces).
Place bacon on baking rack on top of a cookie sheet that has sides (to collect the bacon grease).
Place cookie sheet in a COLD oven and turn on to 400 degrees.
Bake for about 20 minutes (I start checking after 10 minutes and keep checking every 5. Cooking time depends on how fast your oven heats and how thick your bacon is).

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