Oddly enough, Bacon and Chocolate actually go really, really well together.
Step 1: Ingredients for Cupcakes:
8 Slices of Bacon *I live in Canada, and I just used thin packaged bacon, but whatever kind of Bacon you use, make sure it can get really crispy.
1 Cup of Unsalted Butter *This is a must, since the Bacon itself is so salty.
½ Cup of Cocoa Powder
¾ Cup Water
2 Cups of Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup well-shaken Buttermilk
2 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Flour
½ tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
¼ tsp Salt
1 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips or Wafers
Step 2: Bacon Chocolate Chips
Fry your Bacon on Medium heat until really crispy. The entire bacon slice will not be 100% crispy unless it’s burnt, so just make sure that they are really well done.
Remove from heat and place on paper towel and pat dry. Remove as much of the grease as you can. Let it cool down and then break the bacon apart until you have Bacon Bits. As mentioned above, the whole bacon slice will not crisp, so what you do while breaking the Bacon apart is remove the fatty parts and eat them :
Put the Cup of the Chocolate Chips/Wafers in a bowl and place in the microwave for about 20-40 seconds until it is melted. Add the Bacon Bits to the melted chocolate and mix until combined.
Get some wax paper or tin foil and spread the Chocolate Bacon mixture all over the wax paper. Set-aside for now, and place in the refrigerator.
Once chilled and the chocolate is almost hard as a rock, you want to break apart all the bacon pieces to make Bacon Chocolate Chips. Divide in to two, one to add to the mixture and the other to add to the top of your finished Cupcakes.
It’s tempting I know, so make some extra if you want to eat them.