Thrifty or Throwback Thursday? It’s the inaugural post, we’ll figure that out as we grow. For the #TT posts I intend to revisit dishes that I’ve previously posted to IG (but did not include recipes)*
I know that there are certain posts that some of you have messaged me about. So, this #TT series will be your opportunity to get your hands on those recipes!
This #TT will be in honor of our housewarming. My family and I recently moved to Washington, DC. We warmed our home with old friends, new friends and family. It was a blast! And there was so. much. food. I barely ate but, as most cooks do, I tasted along the way so I was full before I could put my feet up.
There were jerk chicken sliders. There was a spicy pineapple slaw. Turkey burger sliders. Veggie packed lasagna. And the star of the show- Maple Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes. That’s a mouthful and they were a mouthful.
These are a basic vanilla cupcake that are topped with a simple maple buttercream.
Where’s the booze!? I know that’s why you’re here. Booze and bacon, I’m getting to it. So, instead of incorporating the booze into the batter, I chose to make a simple syrup with the bourbon. That beautiful twankle and glisten on the cupcakes? Bourbon simple syrup. But Alexa, is that all the booze in these cupcakes!? Oh. Oh, absolutely not. That very same boozy simple syrup was poured onto each and every single cupcake before the buttercream topping. Yes. You’re welcome.
And obviously. The bacons.
Maple Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes
Yields 12-18 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ cup of milk
For the buttercream:
2 sticks of unsalted butter (room temperature)
3 ½ cups powdered sugar
6 tbsp pure maple syrup
pinch of sea salt
For the simple syrup:
½ cup of water
½ cup of sugar
½ cup of bourbon
For THE (candied) BACONS:
¼- ½ lb bacon
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp bourbon
For the simple vanilla cupcakes:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake tin
- In a large bowl or your stand mixer (you should totally invest in a stand mixer) place the butter and sugar; beat until light and fluffy on med-high speed
- Add in the eggs one at a time until well combined; add the vanilla and scrape the sides. Mix until smooth, about one minute on med-high speed.
- In a separate bowl, sift together baking powder and flour
- Pour in some of the flour mixture, some of the milk and alternate until incorporated fully
- Fill the cupcake liners about ¾ full
- Place them in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, you want a golden top.
- Do the handy dandy toothpick test
- Place tin on a cooling rack; after a few minutes remove the cupcakes from the tin
- Once fully cooled use a tooth pick to poke a half dozen holes in the cupcakes; carefully spoon the syrup over the cupcakes. The cake will absorb the flavorful liquid.
- After, you can go on and frost them bad boys!
For the buttercream:
- In a large bowl or a stand mixer that is fitted with the whisk attachment (I told you a stand mixer is a good investment), whip the butter for about 30 seconds
- Add the powdered sugar very carefully, one cup at a time. You do not want to inhale a sugar cloud. Trust me.
- Scrape the sides; alternate the speed from slow (as you pour) and then med-high to incorporate well for each addition
- Scrape down the sides and slowly add the maple syrup
- Mix on med-high for about four minutes until the buttercream comes together and is nice and fluffy.
- Chill in the fridge for a few minutes prior to icing the cupcakes
For the boozy simple syrup:
- Pour ½ cup of water and ½ cup of sugar into a sauce pan
- Heat the ingredients until fully dissolved, whisk constantly
- Add ½ cup of booze and stir to incorporate
- Taste, taste, taste! Adjust accordingly, if needed. I vaguely remember adding more booze. Don’t be like me (be like me, they were amazing!)
- Let simmer until it thickens up like a syrup
For THE (candied) BACONS:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Cut the bacon in half so that they’re easier to manage
- In a small mixing bowl combine the brown sugar, maple syrup and bourbon
- Place the bacon in the bowl and toss to coat evenly
- While the bacon rests in the boozy mixture, line a baking sheet with foil and top with a baking rack
- Lay the bacon on the rack in a single layer
- Back 20-30 minutes, or until just crispy. Because there is sugar, this bacon can and will burn very quickly so pay close attention as it nears the 20 minute mark.
- Let cool and then chop up
- Sprinkle the chopped bacon on top of the frosted cupcakes
(*Due to the nature of these posts, images and recipes may not be as thorough as newly posted content. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.)
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