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Everything Tastes Better with Bacon by Sara Perry.

I do not own this cookbook, but when I was looking for things that start with E to write about, I came across it and immediately wanted a copy of it because it’s true, everything does taste better with bacon.

Bacon is delicious. It’s salty, it goes well with nearly everything, it’s readily available and it’s kind of a funny food item.

Found on Pinterest

Found on Pinterest. Way to meme it up, Oscar Meyer!

One of my favourite ways to use bacon is to incorporate it into desserts. I’m more of a baker than a cook, although I love to cook too, so when I came across a recipe that incorporated bacon into a cupcake, I was excited to try it. I made it for my boyfriend’s 27th birthday, and it was well-received.

Here is the recipe I used. Instead of a cake, I made cupcakes for maximum portability. You might be wondering what it tasted like? Think breakfast in a cake batter. Sweet, salty, delicious. Try it!

Maple Bacon Layer Cake

Photo courtesy of Johnsons.ca

Photo courtesy of Johnsons.ca

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups pure maple syrup (at least grade B)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cooking Directions

  1. In a large skillet cook bacon until crisp. Drain well on paper towels, crumble and set aside.
  2. Spray two 9 inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Set the pans aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the butter until it is creamy. Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment makes this so much easier, but I have done it by hand.
  4. Beat the eggs into the mixture until well combined. Then add the maple syrup and beat until well combined.
  5. In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour into butter mixture. Add milk and vanilla extract. Mix well until all ingredients are completely integrated. You should have a smooth batter. Stir in half of the crumbled bacon.
  6. Divide the batter between the two 9 inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
  7. Remove cakes from cake pan and place on a cooling rack.
  8. Spread some of the maple buttercream frosting (recipe below), over the top of one of the layers. The cover with half of the remaining crumbled bacon. Place the second layer cake on top of the first and spread remaining frosting over the top and sides. Sprinkle the remaining bacon over the top.

Maple Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

  1. 2 sticks of butter softened (1 cup)
  2. 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  3. 2 tbsp brown sugar
  4. 2 tbsp maple syrup
  5. Directions:
  6. In a large bowl, beat butter until smooth and creamy using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment (recommended) or by hand.
  7. Mix in powdered sugar and beat for about a minute.
  8. Add brown sugar and maple syrup scraping sides as needed. Continue to beat for a couple more minutes until mixture is fluffy.

Recipe courtesy of Johnsons.ca.

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