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Top 3 Bacon Cupcake Recipes

Ever since I started working in the professional world as a chef, I learned that a lot of people enjoy desserts that have bacon in them. I tried some of the cake recipes, but eventually, I figured that it is best to enjoy bacon in a cupcake.

Cupcake

And today I bring you, my top three bacon cupcake recipes. You will find information on everything right from the prep, to the ingredients and finally to the execution.

Dark Chocolate Bacon Recipe 

If there is one thing that pastry chefs love is ‘dark chocolate’ and if you add bacon to it, you get that foodgasm we all crave for.

Here are the Ingredients you will need-

Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcake

Wrote down all the ingredients? Let’s move to the preparation –

Step 1 –

The first think you need to do is power up your oven and preheat it to around 375 degrees. While the oven is heating up, take all the slices of bacon in a pan and start heating. Once they reach brown consistency, crumble them and put them aside.

Step 2 –

In this step, we start preparation for the cupcake. Take a large bowl and cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda along with salt and start stirring the mix. You now have to create a small opening like a well in the middle of this mix to add eggs and all the other liquid ingredients. Now stir thoroughly until everything is blended nicely. You can probably use a mixer for this purpose. Now is the time to add the bacon we all have been waiting for. Just keep some amount of aside as we will be using it later for garnishing.

Once everything is mixed, start pouring in cups.

Step 3 –

Now bake these in the oven for around 25 minutes. Once baking is done, you must allow these cupcakes to cool down. You then can garnish with crumbled bacon and cocoa powder. I suggest you to keep these in the refrigerator for some time before serving.

There you have it, the recipe along with my tips on how to make the most amazing dark chocolate bacon cupcake.

Bacon Cupcake with Maple

If there is anything that can win a man’s heart, then it is probably maple. And once you team that up with bacon, you have an all-star pair that can single-handedly win the super ball.

Here are the ingredients for this cupcake: –

Bacon Cupcake with Maple

Now let us move to the preparation of this-

Step 1 – 

First, you have to turn on the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then you have to mix sugar and butter together. If you are using a hand mixer, you won’t see the consistency that we need. I use a stand mixer. If you are having an issue choosing the one, you can read stand mixer reviews for 2016, and buy one for your need. While the mixer is running add eggs along with flour, baking powder and salt. Mix all these for at least 5 minutes after which you can add vanilla into it.

Step 2 –  

In the next step, you have to place the cups in muffin pans, and you also have to coat it with preferably cooking spray. Bake this for around 15 minutes. A real test to see if your cupcake is ready is by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cupcake, and if it comes out clean, then your dish is ready. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 15-20 minutes.

Step 3 – 

Now is the time you prepare your frosting. Take a pan and melt butter in the same. Once it starts boiling, you can add brown sugar. After some time add milk and corn syrup. Transfer this stunning caramel mixture to a bowl. Now add this to the mixer bowl and start whipping cream. Gradually add sugar to it. Don’t use high speeds; you can get that job done even at medium speeds. Then gently stir in maple flavored syrup. You can easily get three cups from this mix.

Finally, frost all the cups with maple frosting and garnish it with crumbled bacon.

Bourbon Cupcake with Bacon

The third and final cupcake in my list is the bourbon cupcake with bacon. Bourbon is perhaps one of the drinks that I enjoy and pairing it with sugar and bacon, is one deadly mix. It is surely a treat for your taste buds. Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make this cupcake-

Bourbon Cupcake with Bacon

Preparation –  

This is a fairly straight forward recipe, and you essentially have to follow the same steps used in earlier recipes, but I will still walk you through it.

First, preheat the oven to a temperature of 180 degrees Celsius. Then take some flour and baking powder in a bowl and stir the mix gently.

Then power up your mixer and whip cream along with butter and sugar for about 4-5 minutes. After that add eggs and milk and continue beating the mix. Finally, add bourbon to the mix.

Now is the time to add dry ingredients and continue mixing until everything is blended nicely.

Fill the mix in the cups which are coated with vegetable oil. Bake this for 20 minutes until they reach golden brown color. Finally, allow them to cool down for some time.

Finally, garnish with crumbled bacon (which needs to be cooked too).

And there you have it your very own bourbon cupcake with bacon garnishing.

 

This complete my lists, if you have any other ideas, and you want to me share the recipe for them, you can comment below.

Till then,

Enjoy the Holy Bacon – Bacon Babbler Jing

10 Facts about Bacon You Didn’t Know about

There are so many good things to say about bacon, but at the same time, there are many unusual facts that surround this holy dish. In my last article I tried to bust some myths and today I will share some surprising facts, which I am sure you have no or little idea about. 

Fact #1 – Different Countries use different Bacon Cuts 

If you read the last article, you must know that different cuts are used in different countries for bacon. In America, we mostly get cuts derived from pork belly. But Canada uses the pork loin, and England uses the shoulder. The meat derived from loin is comparatively healthier, but it still needs to be cured.

Fact #2 – There is Bacon in your Drinks

This is perhaps the most unusual fact that I have come across about bacon. Yes, they are now infusing bacon in your hard drinks like vodka and beer. If you fancy cocktails then smoky bacon bloody Mary, is one of the most well-known bacon-infused cocktails you can find. If you fancy bacon beer, then you can try out Rouge Ale’s beer.

Fact #3 – Bacon is good for your unborn child 

So much has been said about the harmful effects of bacon on our health but some studies have shown that bacon can prove to be good for your unborn child. Bacon constitutes Choline, a micronutrient, which helps in better brain development and can also boost memory. It also helps in reducing heart-related problems. So if you’re pregnant it is fine to eat some bacon, once in a while.

Fact #4 – Bacon is actually patented

Well, the first sliced and packed bacon was patented. It was done by Oscar Mayer, back in 1924. He then literally dominated the bacon marketplace until 1984 when Dr. Basil released a paper that linked fat consumed with increased heart risk. All this forced Oscar Mayer, and other manufacturers to rely on advertisements which pointed that they were using “lean meat”. The reality is different, though, even in present times.

Fact #5 – Denmark consumers more Bacon than the USA

I know most of you think that the USA is the biggest consumer of pork in the world. But you are wrong. In fact, USA ranks at 12 in per capita consumption of Pork. Denmark eats the most pork in the world. We can’t blame them as that country is freaking cold.

Fact #6 – BLT are the favorite sandwiches in the USA

We all love bacon, lettuce, and a tomato sandwich, right? Well, this is the favorite breakfast sandwich of the USA, according to an independent survey. In my restaurant, the BLT sandwich has to be one of the favorites. Apart from quality bacon, we make sure that our lettuce and tomatoes are fresh and healthy. We started growing some of our produce, through hydroponic systems, like Aerogarden Bounty, and so far we love the results.

Fact #7 – Average American eats 18 pounds of bacon per Year

17.90 lbs. To be exact. If this seems too much, well then let me tell you that we are par with our British counterparts who consume 17.86 lbs. of bacon each year. These figures are out there, but still Americans are blamed for making the unhealthiest food choices in the world.

Fact #8 – Bacon is only 11% of pig

11% of Pig is Bacon

On an average, a 200-pound pig will give you close to 20 pounds of bacon. You can give or take 4 to 5 pounds depending upon the butchering process, but you can’t get more than 11-13% bacon from a pig. Now you can guess how many pigs are slaughtered each year for your bacon.

Fact #9 – New York consumes the most bacon

 They are followed by Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Chicago. Going by these two trends, I don’t know how the women in New York Or Los Angeles look so good. I guess they indulge in a lot of physical activities too, like your boy Jing.

Fact #10 – You can also eat ‘Cheek Bacon.’

You can do this in Italy, where you get Guanciale, which is essential bacon derived from Pork Cheeks. I have never tried it, and to be honest I have no interest in doing so, but you my friend could be a risk taker, so I thought I should mention this.

This ends my list, and I am sure there are several other Bacon Facts that are dancing around in the world. If you come up with any of those, do share in the comment section below.

 

Till then,

Enjoy the Holy Bacon – Bacon Babbler Jing

Some Myths about Bacon – Busted!

Bacon has had quite a journey from being a poor man’s survival meat to being called as ‘America’s Breakfast Dish.’ There is so much said today about bacon and sometimes (or rather most of the times) it is pure myth.

Your buddy, Jing, here will try to bust few myths that you might have read about in the past. So lets Jing ahead to that – 

Myth #1 – Bacon is Delicious

Bacon is delicious this is a myth. Now I know, you all are going like, Jing what the hell are you talking about, well there is a big fast reason for me saying that. You see in earlier times bacon was nothing more than food that was essential for survival. Diets mostly consisted of grains and protein was apparently missing. In those times, pork meat was a cheap and easily accessible too. At those time bacon was cured and stored in questionable conditions and clearly that had affected how the meat tasted. The techniques of curing bacon evolved in the mid 20th century and that clearly paved the way for the ‘delicious’ meat that we all love and enjoy today.

Myth #2 – Bacon is Only Belly Meat 

In America, the word Bacon is almost synonymous with pork belly, and this is where most of the bacon meat comes from. But there are different sources from where you can get the perfect meat. Our friends up in the north, use pork loin to get a lean cut of bacon. The English do the same but add an extra layer of fat. Both of these taste better than the traditional meat and are also comparatively healthier. It ‘s hard to find these, and you would have to go to upscale stores to find one in your cities. I use bacon derived from pork loin in my restaurant, and my returning customers love every bite of it.

Bacon Myths

Myth #3 – Bacon makes you Fat 

Is bacon the healthiest dish? Absolutely not, in fact, many other kinds of meat can be considered ‘a lot healthier’ compared to pork, especially bacon. So does bacon make you fat? Again no!

Most of you by now know that weight of the body is determined on how many calories we consume. Consuming 100 grams of bacon at once will amount to around 500 calories. During my childhood, I used to eat twice of this daily, but I also indulged in several physical activities. If you fail to do so, bacon like any other ‘heavy food’ will have a negative effect on your body.

Furthermore, bacon is also highly recommended in paleo diets so if you have any misconceptions that bacon is unhealthy, simply drop it.

Myth #4 – Celery Processed bacon is Nitrate-free

Bacon being processed meat comes with its fair shares of threat. One of those is the fact that mostly bacon was cured with nitrates. And according to few major studies, nitrates can increase the risk of heart disease. Many manufacturers then started to claim that there are offering nitrate free bacon. It is nothing but a scam. Most ‘nitrate-free’ or so called unprocessed bacon, is coated by celery powder, which being a vegetable naturally contains nitrates.

So don’t fall for this as you might be paying extra to consume the same amount of nitrates that you might consume from regular bacon.

Myth #5 – Bacon Consumption is limited

I am flabbergasted by the sheer number of people that think that bacon can be consumed in limited ways. On the contrary, you can find bacon everywhere now. They are infusing it with vodka too. I love to cook bacon based cupcakes, and I will share many recipes on my blog. So if you want this myth to bust simply follow my blog and read all these scrumptious recipes.

These were the top myths that I have come across in my life. If you have any other myth that I have not covered in this post, feel free to share it in the comment section below.

Enjoy the Holy Bacon – Bacon Babbler Jing

Babbling About Bacon

Jing Hello Everyone,

That was an odd greeting, right? Well, if you are going to follow this blog better get used to it. My name is Jing and over the years, I have developed a habit of using my name as an adjective. Ok, you are probably going like “this guy needs to see a therapist” and you are probably right. But this blog is not about my mental state it is more about my love for bacon.

I was born in the USA, but my parents moved from China. They obviously weren’t big bacon fans, and chicken & duck dishes were primarily made in my house. Luckily I had Justin, who knows my best friend, and his mom cooked nothing but pork dishes. I loved bacon so much that it was all I talked about. I even joined cooking classes which initially didn’t go well with my parents who wanted me to take cello lessons. (I am reinforcing all your stereotypes right?)

Anyway, I won’t bore you will all the itty-bitty details of my childhood. But one thing, though, I loved to talk about food everywhere, even when the guests were coming. So much so that my grandmother gave me the nickname of ‘Bacon Babbler’.

To be honest, I loved this name and over the years this is one thing that has stuck with me in regards to my family and friends.

Talking about the present, I am a chef in an upscale restaurant in Tucker, Georgia. In my free time, I love sharing my Ideas on Pinterest. But recently I decided to get a blog of my own and decided to shower my Chinese Wisdom regarding the love of my life i.e. bacon.

In this website, you will find ideas on what you can do with bacon, and fun stuff related to it and also some kickass recipes.

So with this preface kind of page on my blog I welcome you all to my website (Which like Preface of a book, no one will read).

Keep eating my friends.

Bacon Babbler Jing

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