Beer Battered Maple Bacon Dark Chocolate Cupcakes {Recipe}

Doesn’t that title just make you a little weepy?  Like, weepy in a good way, not in the “ugly cry” kinda way (unless you’re THAT obsessed with cupcakes).  Coming to you from Nicole at Sugar and Spice.  They had me at Beer…Seriously.  

Beer-Battered Maple Bacon Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes: 3 1/2 dozen

Time commitment: 1.5 hours

The Stuff

For cupcakes:

I found these treasures months ago at Michael’s and knew I had to make some kind of cupcake for this party!

3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder (Rodelle or bust)

3/4 cup hot water

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder (yes, both of those weird white powder I always seem to confuse and use the wrong one)

1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt

2.5 sticks butter

.5 oz bacon fat

1 package bacon – get the good stuff, no crappy bacon is allowed

2 1/4 cups sugar

4 eggs, room temperature

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream (the smallest size that looks like a yogurt cup is perfect)

2 oz dark beer (Dubious – Black Chocolate Stout is my favorite)

The Frosting

Looking back, I should have stocked up on more of these. They’re the cutest things, ever.

2 sticks butter (room temperature)

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

3/4 package of powdered sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup (don’t even think about bringing Aunt Jemima to this…spring for something good)

Michael’s Tailgate “GO TEAM” Cupcake Liners

Making the Stuff

The Beer Battered Bacon Cupcakes (don’t worry, the beer cooks out so it’s kid-safe)

  1. Chop bacon and cook – keep 4 tablespoons of the fat for the recipe
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Line muffin tins with the cute Go Team liners and spray with a good nonstick spray so they pop off easy for eaters
  4. Whisk together cocoa and hot water until smooth in a small bowl
  5. In another bowl, mix up flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
  6. In a small saucepan, melt together sugar, bacon fat and butter on low head until it’s a nice sugary buttery sauce
  7. Dump buttery sugary goodness into your Kitchenaid and mix on low (setting 2 or 3) until it’s cooled off
  8. Add eggs one at a time to mixer (now on setting 3 or 4)
  9. Add vanilla and chocolatey goodness
  10. Add beer. If you don’t want to measure, do what I do and pour out two swigs for your homies
  11. Add half of the flour, all of the sour cream and then the other half of the flour while mixing on low (2 or 3)
  12. Fold in 1/2 of the cooked bacon
  13. Fill up muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes

The Maple Bacon Frosting

  1. Beat butter in Kitchenaid for about 5 minutes (work on drinking the rest of the delicious beer or fending off the vultures lurking around your remaining bacon)
  2. Add vanilla extractIt’s so good you won’t want to share…but do it anyhow.
  3. Add Maple Syrup (don’t be afraid to fudge the measuring here, I just dumped it in and went back and forth between syrup and sugar until I got the right consistency).
  4. Slowly add powdered sugar until you get the right consistency for adding to a frosting bag
  5. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle bacon on top

Like what you see?  Show her some sugar…

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