Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Lord of the Cupcakes ... Peanut and Bacon Cupcakes

As strangely as you know me, I had an idea for a blog post. It was supposed to go somehow like this ...

Three Cupcakes for the gluten-free under the sky.
Seven for the chocolate-lovers in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to eat,
One for the Dark Baker in his dark kitchen
In the Land of Sugar where the Calories lies.
One Cupcake to rule them all,
One Cupcake to find them,
One Cupcake to bring them all,
and in the sweetness bind them
In the Land of Sugar where the Calories lie.

Well, well, well, that was about the idea. Logically there were supposed to be baked goods on it. Here we go ...

Now, the question would have been, totally hypothetical, of course,whether that would be the one cupcake for you ...

In order to be able to find that out, we would need a recipe for that cupcake in that particular post. I imagined it to work somehow like this ...

100 g streaky bacon, in stripes
80 g chopped peanuts
100 g brown sugar
For the cupcake batter:
250 g sugar
16 g vanilla sugar
125 g butter
50 g peanut-butter
4 eggs
80 ml milk
100 ml cream
3 tsp. baking powder
350 g flour
125 g sugar
For the peanut-butter butter-cream:
125 g sugar
200 g icing sugar
80 ml cream
125 g butter
35 g peanut-butter
8 g vanilla sugar

In case I would go for those cupcakes, I'd start with the batter ... eh, no. First some extra prep. Taking a baking tray lined with baking parchment I'd spread out the streaky bacon, then put the chopped peanuts on top followed by the brown sugar.
Already before I would have had the oven pre-heated to 180 °C, so I would be able to caramelise the bacon in it. That would take about 13 ± 2 minutes.
Taken that into consideration we have a small time frame to start with the batter. It would be totally appropriate to start melting the butter ... slowly. Provided, a suitable sized bowl is ready, the sugar, the vanilla sugar, the peanut butter and ... once that would be ready the melted butter, could be added to that same very bowl ... just in case.
Proper mixing would be due.
4 eggs join the mixture and more mixing would be due.
Afterwards the milk and cream would come raining in and ...even more mixing would be due.
And guess what, after adding the baking powder and the flour yet more mixing would be due.
But wait ...

... there was supposed to be a point, where half of the caramelised bacon and peanuts would join the batter ... making sure they are properly ... have a guess ... incorporated. You didn't see that coming, did you.
Where were we, just in case we would be doing this? The batter needed to go into some fitting cupcake moulds. I reckon, that batter would make 18 fine cupcakes. In order to accomplish that, they'd need 20-25 minutes at 180 °C in the oven.
As to the peanut-butter butter-cream ... we would make it simple and just bring all the mentioned ingredients together by given them a good ole beating. Finally the butter-cream would be piped onto the cooled cupcakes and ... you would put a bit of crispy bacon decoration on as a finish.

Would that be it? Would this cupcake be the one? How could we now, if we hadn't tried?
Anyway, that was roughly the idea for the post. I would have concluded maybe with another reference to J.R.R. Tolkien and Hobbits and being happy and enjoying things ... like the cupcake, but I didn't quite know how to put it.
So, you have to wait for another time, when I manage to get a proper post together with some additional writing and recipe and all ...


  1. Do you still wear it?

  2. A brilliant post, Chris! It made me smile, your style is truly original.

  3. Wow, these sounds so different and look amazing! I have been meaning to get to grips with bacon in my baking for ages!

    1. Thank you! Well, you never know, if you don't try.

  4. Peanuts, peanut butter and bacon? Yes please!


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