Monday, January 23, 2012

Cupcake Crown 2012

It's The Man Cake!
This is my ultimate guys sweet treat, The Man Cake! Inspired by all of my boyfriend's favorite things...this is a cupcake he can't wait to take to work!

It all starts with the Chocolate Guinness Cake, a moist chocolate cake made with Guinness Stout. Then, I pipe on the Maple Buttercream Frosting. This is a light and creamy buttercream, flavored with real maple syrup and just a touch of brown sugar. Finally, top it all off with a thick cut piece of Candied Bacon. Super easy to make, this bacon is coated with light brown sugar and baked. Salty...sweet...bacon!

Chocolate Guinness Cake
Oven @ 350 ˚ F    48 Servings

2 C           Guinness Stout
2 C           Butter (unsalted)
1  2/3 C    Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (dutch processed dark)

Bring Guinness and butter to simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and whisk in cocoa powder. Cool

4 C            Flour
1 Tbls       Baking Soda
1  1/2 tsp   Salt

Sift together dry ingredients.

4 C            Sugar
4                Eggs
1  1/2 C     Sour Cream

Beat eggs lightly and add sugar until well incorporated. Mix in sour cream and cooled Guinness/butter/cocoa. Gently add to dry ingredients and fold until smooth.

Pour into lined cupcake pan and bake until toothpick comes out clean. About 18-24 minutes. If you prefer a liner-less cake, grease pan and dust with cocoa powder.

Maple Buttercream Frosting

1C             Butter (softened)
2  3/4 C    Powdered Sugar
2 Tbls       Brown Sugar
2 Tbls       Maple Syrup

Whip butter until fluffy over medium speed. Sift powdered sugar and slowly add to butter.  Add brown sugar and maple syrup, mix until smooth. I prefer to pre-load my piping bags and pop them in the fridge for a quick chill before frosting.

Candied Bacon 
400 ˚F 
1 lb          Thick Cut Bacon 
1/2 C        Brown Sugar 

Slice your bacon into 2-3 inch pieces. I usually break each slice into three smaller pieces depending on how fatty the meat. Toss your bacon to coat with brown sugar. Arrange bacon on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (this helps eliminate sticky sugar mess!) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Make sure to watch so it doesn't burn. 

I've also tried this with vegetarian bacon for all my non-meat eating friends and it turned out great! Cook a little less time and try to go with a thicker cut vegetarian bacon, it holds up better! 
Vote for me in the 2012 Cupcake Crown!