Beer Batter and Maple Bacon Cupcake - Mr O's Birthday Cake of the Month.

Its my wonderful tech support/hot water bottle/husband's birthday today, so of course I make him a birthday cake, and this is what he picked.

To be honest, its been coming. We love a bit of 2 Broke Girls around here, and it IS their signature cupcake. Mr O being half Canadian, the maple bacon is more than apt.

And a bit more than delicious!!

For the cupcakes.. 
250 ml guinness
250g butter
75g cocoa powder
400 grams caster sugar
142 ml sour cream
large eggs
tablespoon vanilla extract
275 grams plain flour
2 ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

Pour the  Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter and heat until the butter is melted. Then mix in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the beer mix, and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb.

The oven needs to be at Gas mark 4/180c. This is the basic Nigella's chocolate Guinness cake recipe, but as cupcakes it needs 20-25 minutes. 

The icing is king in this. To do your bacon sprinkle, crisp up your bacon, basting it with maple syrup. I fried mine, no oil, but adding some syrup, then brushed more over once it was cooked and oven baked until it went really crispy. As for the icing itself, I found a lot of recipes, and in the end I decided my own. 

250g cream cheese
125g butter, softened
400g icing sugar
dripping from the bacon & Maple Syrup to taste

Cream together the cheese, butter and icing until smooth. Add in the bacon dripping and at least 2 tbsp of maple syrup. Once its a nice smooth icing (I used my mixer) taste, and add more maple if you think it needs it. It should be tart rather than really sweet. Put in the fridge until your cakes are cool. You can pipe on, or use a teaspoon to put on a dollop - but it does find its own level! Its not the thickest of icing.

yummy yummy yummy.

Don't  believe me?? Martha Stewart thinks so too 

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