Monday, September 20, 2010

Bacon? In my cupcakes?

I've been talking about it for a while but tonight I finally did it.
I made bacon cupcakes.

Maple Bacon Cupcake with Bacon Rose

I got the recipe in question from Vanilla Garlic which claims that this was the "original" bacon cupcake recipe on the internet, so I knew I was in good hands.

I followed the recipe pretty much exactly except for one component. As I was frying up my bacon for the batter I had a revelation. A BACON ROSE. The perfect classy addition, and super easy to do. I started by lining a baking sheet with foil and putting a wire baking rack on top. Then I just rolled up strips of bacon and put a toothpick through about 1/3 from the bottom. I took each roll and sort of wedged them in between the wires of the rack so the rose was standing upright with the toothpick perpendicular to the wire. Then I baked those babies for 15 minutes on 350. After I let them cool, I trimmed off the bottoms because the strips were quite wide to begin with, but if your bacon is thinner then you can probably skip that step.

After frosting the cakes I popped a toothpick through the roses and stabbed them to the tops. I skipped topping them with sea salt since the bacon was salty but I did add the turbinado sugar.

Find the recipe HERE and try them out for yourself!

Maple Bacon Cupcake with Bacon Rose

Monday, September 6, 2010

A Very Freddie Cake


I used a boxed cake and used an indirect heat method by only having one side of the bbq lit and placing my cake on the opposite side on an upsidedown cake pan to avoid burning the bottom. I just followed the boxes directions for temperature and cooking time! Simple as that!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Happy birthday Freddie

September 5, 1946 in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Farrokh Bulsara was born.

If you've read my post from last November on the anniversary of his death, you know that Freddie Mercury is my favourite musical artist of all time, so I won't go over all of that again :P

In honour of what would have been his 64th birthday (and since I am out at the campground and the oven in the trailer is too small for baking) I am going to attempt to bake a cake in the bbq. Crazy I know! But I don't see why it wouldn't work using indirect heat.
Don't worry, I'll document the whole thing whether it is a success or epic failure.

In the meantime I will leave you with a few of my (many MANY) favourite live performances.
It's easy to see why so many see him as being the best rock vocalist of all time.