Chocolate & Stout Cupcakes with Crispy Bacon

chocolate and stout cupcakes with crispy bacon delliedelicious

Chocolate and beer is nowadays a pretty common flavor combination in the foodie world. But not many people outside this foodie world has actually tried or even heard of the combination. I got the inspiration for this recipe while watching an episode of 2 Broke Girls. Max made a Spring Break Cupcake with beer and chocolate. I tried to make cupcakes with this combination with a maple syrup frosting and it was delicious, I also tried dipping some bacon in chocolate for fun and wow I’m glad i did. It was soooo good!
So I thought that my dads 60th birthday party would be the perfect place to showcase this delicious cake and a new version of the cupcakes. Since my dad love Guinness I had to use it in the sponge and I filled the cake and topped the cupcakes with a light chocolate mousse to go with the rich flavor of the sponge. To add some sweetness I candied some pecans and for saltiness? Super crispy bacon, yum!
I decorated the cake and cupcakes with some extra glamor – 24 carat gold leaves and gold dust, just to make it a bit more special for my dad 🙂
Dad and the guests were a little bit skeptical to having bacon on their cake and cupcakes, I must admit. But they all loved it! And I already have a lot of orders for this cake 😉
Happy Birthday dad!

chocolate and stout cupcakes with crispy bacon delliedelicious

Cupcakes:
Makes 24 cupcakes
375g all purpose flour
450g caster sugar
110g cocoa powder
1,5 tsp baking powder
1,5 tsp baking soda
3 eggs (roomtemperature)
1,5 tsp vanilla extract
375 ml buttermilk (room temperature)
190 ml vegetable oil
375 ml Guinness (or any other dark stout)
150g dark chocolate (chopped)

Topping
Double recipe of my Chocolate Mousse , or you can use store bought (you’ll be needing 2 packages).

Candied Pecans
100g pecans
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
2 tsp water
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 pinch of salt

You will also need:
Bacon, lots of crispy bacon. About 5-7 slices. Some finely chopped and a few slices whole for decoration.
And gold decorations. I used 24 carat gold leaves, gold dust, gold pearls, gold stars and some edible gold glitter.

chocolate and stout cupcakes with crispy bacon delliedelicious

Method:
Begin by making your topping, either follow my Chocolate Mousse recipe or can use store bought. Let the mousse set while making the cupcakes.

For the cupcakes
Preheat your oven to 220c and place your cupcake liners in your pan and set aside.
In a small saucepan bring Guinness to a boil, remove from heat and add the chocolate. Stir until all chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool.
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
In another bowl whisk together eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Stir in the beer mixture and pour this wet mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined and be careful to not over mix!
Divide batter between your cupcake liners (about 2/3 full) and bake for 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow the cupcakes to cool in their pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes before letting them cool completely on their own on the rack.

For the candied pecans, begin with combining all ingredients (except from the pecans!) in a small bowl. Set aside next to your stove top. Put a piece of parchment paper on your counter close to your stove top.
In a dry frying pan on medium heat toast pecans for 3 minutes or until fragrant. Turn the heat off and add the other ingredients. Stir constantly for about 20 seconds remove pan from heat and spread the pecans on the parchment paper and let them cool completely. Chop 2/3 of the pecans roughly and keep the rest whole for decoration. Or chop them all, your choice 🙂

It’s time to decorate your cupcakes!
I used a round tip for piping and piped lots of dots everywhere all over the top to build some hight.I sprikled some bacon and pecans on top.  Threw some golden pearls, golden stars and gold glitter on it and last but not least the 24 carat gold leaves.
And voilà! Your Guniess, chocolate and bacon cupcakes are done! Delicious!

chocolate and stout cupcakes with crispy bacon delliedeliciouschocolate and stout cupcakes with crispy bacon delliedelicious

This sponge recipe is adapted from pastry-workshop.com.
Twohealthykitchens.com helped me out with a good base recipe for candied pecans that I adapted a little bit. 

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