Sake Gumi
People in this country are obsessed with bacon. Bacon-wrapped pork, bacon-wrapped hotdogs, bacon-wrapped corn, bacon is everywhere. Last summer, I posted bacon chocolate, and there are a lot of sweet/savor combo recipes popping up and I was getting very curious about this combination.

Sweet and salty is something we do enjoy. Chocolate-covered salty rice crackers have been available in Japan, and they are pretty tasty. Sea salt with ice cream is available at some restaurants and it's kind of refreshing.

I always get grossed out when I see many people at brunch eating pancakes or french toast with a side of bacon, all drizzled in maple syrup. I always ask for bacon on a separate plate. But I recently saw a recipe called "French toast bacon cupcake with maple buttercream frosting". My curiosity was pretty high, and I decided to make this unthinkable combo of bacon in a cupcake.

I found two recipes, and somewhat combined them into one. Here is the recipe I ended up using. Both recipes were pretty peculiar, but I couldn't be bothered to go to a store to buy vanilla pudding mix, or milk, so I just used what I had in the house.

1 cup of flour
1 cup of cake flour
1 table spoon cinnamon
1 table spoon nutmeg
1 table spoon baking powder
1 tea spoon salt
1 table spoon corn starch
1 stick of unsalted butter
3 eggs
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of regular sugar
1 tea spoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1/4 cup of heavy cream
1/4 cup of water
12 strips of bacon

Cook bacon. I cooked bacon in the oven. I find it a lot easier and less messier, but be sure not to cook them too crispy. Cool them and cut them into pieces, set aside.

Mix dry ingredients except for sugars together in a bowl, set aside.

Cream butter, then add sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix in dry mixture little by little, alternating with maple syrup/heavy cream/water. Don't overmix, and finally stir in bacon.

Original recipe called for 1/2 cup of milk, but all I had was heavy cream, so I put 1/4 cup cream and 1/4 cup water. This might be completely wrong, but hey, it worked pretty well. Also I basically cut sugar amount by half. It is still sweet enough.

I had silicon muffin cups, and was going to use them. When I opened the container, it smelled like VERY stinky cheese. To my horror, they had bits of mold EVERYWHERE. You know these motherfuckas are very hard to clean, and I did wash them in dish washer, but I guess some particles remained there. Very grossed out and I threw out the whole thing. I can still smell it and makes me want to barf.

Since I don't have muffin tin, I decided to make a cake instead. Muffin, cake, loaf, bundt, same difference. It's just different shapes.

It took about an hour to cook the cake in a 325˚ oven.

It looks just like regular cake, right? While baking, it smelled like spice cake, especially with cinnamon and nutmeg, it smelled like autumn. No hint of bacon whatsoever.

So I brought it to work, without frosting, since I thought it would make too much mess. I brought them separately. I piped frosting from Ziploc bag, and it looks like a giant cupcake.

I gathered many of my colleagues, and served them pieces. Everyone was kind of grossed out by the concept, including me. Bacon + Cake = WTF?

Verdict - This is awesome. As you can see above, there are enough chunks of bacon in the cake, but it didn't taste like bacon at all. Yes, by itself it is definitely bacon, but put everything together and it tasted very nice, with the mixture of sweetness from the maple buttercream and spiced cake, plus saltiness.

Here is the recipe for maple buttercream:

2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
pinch of salt
2 table spoon of maple syrup

Mix butter and maple syrup, add sugar.

I should have decorated the top with pieces of bacon.

What if I use whole package of bacon instead? Maybe I will try that next time.


  • Can’t believe I missed this.

    The frosting swirl looks like unko. But I’m sure it tasted heavenly!

    kayoko on

  • I made a buttercream last night and it came out pretty runny and made me sad. The cake was leaning and looked so sad, that it went in the garbage. Wasted 3 hours of my time. :(

    wonders on

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