I wasn’t sure about bacon cupcakes but I must admit, they’re good.  It’s no wonder—chocolate, bacon, and peanut butter are a good, balanced combination.

These are made with our Very Fudgy Baby Cakes Dessert Cupcake and Cake Mix.  The cake is denser than the box cakes in the grocery store, a cream cake, about half as dense as a pound cake. You need a dense, moist cake with substance—not to mention, chocolate pieces–to balance with strong flavors of bacon and peanut butter.

To Make and Assemble the Cupcakes

Make the cupcakes as directed on the package.  Let them cool on a rack.

  1. Using an ice cream scoop, place a dollop of frosting on each cupcake.  Shape the frosting as you like.  Alternatively, you can pipe the frosting into swirls on the tops of the cupcakes.
  2. Sprinkle the prepared bacon bits over the frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting

This is a great frosting recipe.  Use it to frost a layer cake, brownies, or cupcakes.  It works well with either a yellow cake mix or chocolate cake mix.  If you use a yellow cake mix, consider throwing a handful of chopped peanuts into the batter.  If you want cream filled cupcakes, use Bavarian cream.

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
5 cups powdered sugar
a scant 1 cup peanut butter
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup roasted, salted peanuts for garnish (optional)

  1. Cream together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and beat after each addition.
  3. Add the peanut butter and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Add milk until the frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.
  5. Spread the frosting over the cake or cupcake.
  6. Coarsely chop the peanuts and sprinkle over the frosting.

Baker’s Note: We did notice that when testing this recipe with a refrigerated separated peanut butter that the frosting started to separate after it set. Try using a consistent non-refrigerated peanut butter like or adding more powdered sugar.

Bacon Bits

These are more chunks than bits.

Fry one half pound of bacon until crisp. Cut them into chunks with kitchen shears (the My Favorite Scissors work perfectly).  Put them in a bowl and toss them with three tablespoons of brown sugar.

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