Bacon Bakin’

If it was any indication from my cupcake fandom introduction post, I like to bake, and not just your average chocolate-and-yellow-cake-with-white-icing style bake. I can’t help but get creative with flavor combinations, textures, colors, and ingredient substitutions. I’m pretty sure baking puts me in geek-out mode more than anything else I do.

This weekend (we bake on Sundays, and bring the goodies into Rosalind’s lab on Mondays. Bet you wished you worked there right about now, huh?) we made two different baked goods involving the all-time favorite among geeks and non-geeks alike: bacon. While bacon is pretty much a standard favorite, we’ve noticed lately that a lot of geeks just love it. No one has offered a good explanation for the connection, but there is one for sure.

After much consideration and long hours slaving over a hot stove in the kitchen (not totally true, but these did take awhile start-to-finish), here’s what we came up with:

Orange and caramelized bacon muffins with a candied orange peel (Breakfast Muffins, left) and chocolate chip and bacon cupcakes with peanut butter mousse filling and frosting (Bacon Cakes, right)

Check out the recipes if you’re interested, and trust me when I say you should be!

Caramelized Bacon
you’ll use this in both recipes below, so double it if you plan to make both
1 cup real maple syrup
4 strips uncooked bacon

  • Reduce maple syrup over low heat in a sauce pan to half volume (about 2 hours)
  • Lay bacon flat in a baking pan and pour reduced syrup over top of it
  • Bake at 450F for about 20 minutes, flip the bacon and bake another 20 minutes or until the bacon is dark and well coated
  • Remove the bacon from the pan and let cool before chopping (or crumbling, though this can be messy!) into small pieces
Breakfast Muffins
1 cup flour*
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1/3 cup reduced orange concentrate (directions below)
orange peel (1 piece for each muffin)
maple syrup
caramelized bacon
  • Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda) in a medium sized bowl
  • Add 2 eggs and orange juice concentrate, and beat until mixture is just wet throughout
  • Fold in the caramalized bacon and scoop into lined cupcake tin (makes 12) and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes
  • While the muffins are cooling, use the leftover syrup from the bacon to soak orange peel pieces and bake for 10 minutes each side at 400F
  • Use tongs to place an orange peel on each muffin and the syrup will help it stick to the top

Reduced orange concentrate
Heat about 2 cups of regular, low/no pulp orange juice over low heat on the stove for about 3-4 hours until the juice is quite thick. Alternately, buy not-frozen orange juice concentrate, but we haven’t tested that, so let us know!

Bacon Cakes

Cake
1 cup flour*
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 bag mini chocolate chips
caramelized bacon

  • Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda) in a medium sized bowl
  • Add 2 eggs and melted butter, and beat until mixture is just wet throughout
  • Mix in about 1/3-1/2 the bag of chocolate chips and the caramelized bacon
  • Bake in lined cupcake tin at 350F for 20 minutes, while cooling make the frosting:

Frosting
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup confectioner’s sugar

  • Whip the peanut butter in a deep bowl using an electric mixer set on frosting setting and add sugar slowly and continue to whip
  • Add cream and whip until fluffy and tight peaks form
  • Spread or pipe onto cupcakes. If you want to fill them like we did, either use a Bismarck tip or cut an X in each cake and fill using any piping tip
  • Sprinkle extra mini chocolate chips on top

*We made ours with a gluten free flour blend (equal parts millet, sorghum, and tapioca flours with 1/2 tsp xantham gum per cup), but it stands to reason that regular all-purpose flour will work just as effectively and deliciously.

Enjoy your delicious dessert and breakfast bacon! Also while you’re indulging, think about some of your favorite bacon lovers because one of them may show up in tomorrow’s feature post. Who? You’ll just have to wait and see!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gurlgonegeek
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 15:15:39

    These look SO GOOD! Who woulda thought Bacon would go with a muffin. I need to channel my inner betty crocker and make these one day.

    Reply

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