Beer and Bacon Cupcakes
- 1 ½ cups of cake flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- a dash of salt
- 1 cup of light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 bottle or can of beer (Don’t get something super watered down. It will make the cake too wet.)
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 cup of butter
- 5 cup of confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
- 6 tablespoons of beer
1) Cupcake liners
2) Round cookie cutters (optional, only if you want to make bacon confetti)
3) Aluminum foil
You start off very similarly to the cake pop recipe.
First, we need the cupcake batter. Grab your cake ingredients.
I strongly urge you not to go with some watered-down cheap beer.
I chose a nice quality light-colored beer so that my cupcakes would be golden brown. I can’t wait to try a darker-colored beer.
Cream butter and brown sugar in a mixer. Add eggs one at a time, until mixed. Mix dry ingredients together. Pour in ¼ of the dry ingredients and mix. Then, pour in some of the beer and mix. Continue alternating until all ingredients are mixed in.
For some odd reason, I obsess over foods that come in tiny, bite-sized portions or as larger-than-life versions. Sooo, I found these giant silicone cupcake liners. They don’t need a muffin/cupcake pan and stand just fine on their own. On the left is a regular-sized liner, so you can see the difference. Bake at 350° until a toothpick comes out clean. For my mini cupcakes it took about 25 minutes. For the super large cupcakes, it took about 35 minutes.
I ended up having a little left over, so I also made some mini cupcakes. The batter makes about 5 giant cupcakes, so it will probably make about 8-12 regular cupcakes (let me know the quantity you get if you try regular-sized).
Allow cake to cool and in the meantime, prepare your frosting ingredients. If you don’t let them cool, they will be too wet on the inside.
* Tip: If you want cupcakes to peel out of liners (paper or silicone), then grease the inside with some butter and don’t miss any spots! Then, pour some flour and shake it on bottom and sides of liners until it is fully coated. Pour out excess flour.
Cream the butter and about a quarter of your sugar. Then, just as you did with the cake, alternatively add some beer and then sugar. If it seems to wet, then add more powdered sugar. If it is too dry, then add more beer. Crumble up some cooked bacon and toss it into the frosting. Mix it in. Now I wanted to add some fun decorations, but when you make something with beer and bacon, glitter, pretty colors, and flowers are a sin. That’s like putting the Rock in a tu-tu. Wait a second… I wanted to make bacon confetti for the mini cupcakes and small bacon ties for the large cupcakes. Directions for bacon confetti can be found in my other post for beer and chocolate cake batter pancakes (yes, I use beer and bacon A LOT) here. You will need a small, round cookie cutter for those.
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