From time to time in my life, I have been known to take a good idea and go a “skosh” too far. This would indeed be one of those times!
Due to my current state of underemployment, I normally find myself with availability wide open, it’s rare I can’t move one of my 4 jobs about to accommodate something fun… Today is the first time in fact, that I can think of for quite some time.
Knowing that today is the big Celebration of Bacon – I was attacked by a fit of genius that was only a touch crazy. I made my mind up yesterday that I would have some kind of bacon today – just because. I got it into my head that I wanted to try the famous bacon cupcake from Zuppas. Unfortunately, that was not possible .. so I thought. Heck, I can just make myself some maple bacon cupcakes.
As I wandered about Festival, I decided to take it one step further and make chocolate covered bacon maple cupcakes. So off I went to my mother’s to take over her kitchen. Below is how it went….
At this stage I am still in the mode of “This is quite possibly one of the strangest things I have done”
The bacon fried, it was time to mix up a cake. I by no means make anything from scratch, so I do fall back quite a bit on my kitchen assistants.
The question of how to turn my butter batter into fabtastic maple bacon cupcakes was an easy one to answer. Add some syrup and a spoonfull of bacon drippings to the bowl.
I decided to go a bit all over the place in cupcake shape and size. It started as a test pan with the minis. a dollop of syrup in the bottom of each.
On the top of every other cupcake I added just a bit of bacon. A bacon baby step if you will. Into the oven they went, and I started scooping out the rest. Once all the trays were in the oven it was time to do some dipping.
I put the dipped bacon in the fridge to chill overnight and then got lost in the music pumping in from my playlist (tonights random mix – Kylie, Dropkick Murphy’s, The Beatles & Glee)
About an hour in, I discovered the oven died, so I had to finish some of the batches in the microwave to rather interesting looking results!
I cleaned up, left the cakes to cool, thanked my unofficial helper with a the honor of licking the spoon