Chocolate Cupcakes with Bacon

This is not super healthy but I figure every now and again it's okay to splurge and have a cheat day.  A few weekends ago we traveled to North Conway, New Hampshire with our eldest son Joe and his lovely wife Chelsea.  Our reason for being there (apart from hanging out with our awesome kids) was to participate in the annual Chocolate Festival.  Basically, you cross country ski for 8 miles and every couple of miles or so there is a feeding station serving all varieties of chocolate.  Chocolate sundaes, hot chocolate, Swiss chocolates, and one place had chocolate covered bacon, which Joe inhaled.  As a good vegetarian, I stood by and cheered him on, but it did inspire me to make these cupcakes for the carnivores in my life. 

List of Ingredients

¾ cup of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

A smidge of salt

1 large egg

½ cup of sugar

6 tablespoons of butter softened

2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

¼ cup of milk

Get Cookin' 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Start on the Cake Mixture

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together and put to one side

I use my trusty Kitchen Aid mixer, could not live without it, use this to beat eggs and sugar until light and foamy

While beating add softened butter and then vanilla

Put mixture onto low speed and add half of dry ingredients

Add the milk and mix

Add the rest of the dry ingredients

Using an ice-cream scoop fill 6 muffin cup liners ¾ full

Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes

Allow to cool

Now onto the Frosting

Melted Chocolate

1 cup of powdered sugar

Few tablespoons of milk

Chocolate covered bacon

Toppings

Bake 3 strips of bacon in the oven along with the cupcakes for 20 minutes

When you take them out pat dry really well with kitchen towel, it’s hard for chocolate to stick to greasy bacon

Allow to cool then cut so you have 6 equal pieces

Take 1 cup of chocolate chips and melt in the microwave.  I usually go in 30 minute sets and see how it goes so as not to burn the chocolate.  Usually takes about 1 ½ minutes.

Dip half the bacon piece in the chocolate and put on parchment paper. Then put in the fridge to set.

Take leftover chocolate and add to your mixer

Add one cup of powdered sugar and mix

I usually add a little bit of milk until a get the consistency I want

Pipe onto cooled cupcakes, and top with chocolate covered bacon.

Voila! Enjoy!