Last month I got my first official cupcake order from my best friend, it still counts right? She wanted some cupcakes for her boyfriends birthday. He doesn't like chocolate so we decided on "french toast maple bacon cupcakes" cause bacon is manly. I made enough for a batch of 12 plus 12 mini's which I brought to work to entice co-workers with. The Office Manager had to have her arm twisted into eating one and then proceeded to have a foodgasam!
I think they turned out pretty good, the only thing I wasn't happy with is the lame liners I had. I think I'm going to try to score some unbleached liners somewhere. You can't really go wrong with the basics.
The Internet is rife with this recipe but I found that I had to scour around for a perfect mix of cake, icing and garnish for me to be happy with it. Anyways, on with the recipe!!
French Toast Cupcakes (from Life is Better With Cake!)
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
- Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
- Combine the butter and sugar and mix on low until just incorporated. Raise the speed to high and mix until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. (Occasionally scrape the sides down with a spatula)
- 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and vanilla, and also set aside.
- Add the egg yolks to the creamed butter one at a time, waiting for each one to be fully incorporated before adding the next.
- Reduce the speed of the mixer to low, Alternately, add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, waiting for each to be fully incorporated before adding the next (scrape the bowl down occasionally). raise the speed to medium and mix briefly until a smooth batter is formed. Transfer the batter to a large bowl.
- Clean the bowl of the mixer and put the egg whites inside. Whip the egg whites in high speed, using the whisk attachment, until stiff peaks are formed.
- Working in 3 batches, using a rubber spatula, fold the egg whites into the batter, until just incorporated. Fill the liners 3/4 full. Bake, rotating the pan once, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, approximately 30 minutes.
- Remove the cupcakes from the oven and cool completely.
I didn't do the 3 batch fold in thing, i just did it all in one shot. I doubt it made much of a difference.
Maple Frosting (taken from Country Living)
- 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
- 3 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 2/3 cups dark-brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- Beat the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and salt in a medum bowl with a mixer set on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- contine beating, and add the maple syrup and vanilla.
- Gradually add the confectioner's sugar, increase the speed to high, and beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Chill for 1 hour before using
Using 3/4 tsp of vanilla is bull shit! I've never seen a 3/4 tsp, just use a whole tsp. More vanilla has never been a bad thing. Chilling icing for an hour is also bull shit, just keep adding icing sugar till you get a consitency you can work with, I think I added another 2 cups. I also used demerara sugar and found it a really nice substitution for regular brown sugar, it gave the icing a really nice colour and a little bit of crunch.
Candied Bacon (taken from Closet Cooking)
- 1 lb thick cut bacon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (or maple syrup)
- line a baking sheet with foil and set a cooling rack in it
- Spread the bacon out over the cooling rack
- rub the brown sugar onto the bacon
- bake in a preheated 350F oven until the bacon reaches the desired crispness, about 15-20 minutes
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes and then enjoy
There are a lot of different, harder ways to make candied bacon. This was the simplest one I could find that seems pretty much idiot proof, which is perfect for me (I am a total klutz so I could just see me starting a grease fire doing it any other way). I dredged the bacon in demerara sugar before putting it on the rack to ensure both sides were coated. Baked it and then cut it into 2 inch strips which I then curled into cone shapes, put them between the rack grates and cooked for a bit longer.