Double chocolate bacon cupcakes



Candied bacon is all the rage these days, and pairing it with chocolate seems to be a popular choice. To test the fad, Lucas and I shared a strip of chocolate covered bacon on a candy shop stop on our Colorado trip earlier this year. Who knew the salt and sugar combination would be so tasty? These double chocolate bacon cupcakes add extra intensity to those sweet shop flavors, combining the texture of ooey gooey ganache with crispy oven-baked bacon sprinkles.


Now, under normal circumstances I wouldn’t choose double chocolate cake, but these cupcakes weren’t for me. The boyfriend is catching up to me in age and deserved a baked good to celebrate turning 26. Lucas isn’t a huge fan of sweets, but he will never turn down a piece of bacon. So it’s no surprise that I worked candied bacon into his birthday dessert last night. In fact, bacon was the theme of the meal, starring in both the main course and the dessert. Before I share the savory bacon entrée though, I’ll spoil your appetite by telling you about these incredible bites. They’re so rich and decadent, it’s worth filling up on dessert first. You’ll thank me when you take your first bite.


As a die-hard dessert lover, I usually only swoon over truly sweet (and typically fruity) confections. That is, until I met brown sugar-coated baked bacon. If you’ve never baked bacon encrusted with brown sugar before, you are in for a treat that will rock your world. You thought bacon was the bee’s knees, but candied bacon blows traditional pan-sizzled bacon out of the water. It took every ounce of my being to resist snacking on spoonful after spoonful of candied bacon sprinkles while I topped the cupcakes. Personally, I preferred the specks of sugary bacon by themselves, but the birthday boy was in heaven over the marriage of the double chocolate cake and candied applewood smoked bacon bits. Here’s a creation that’ll make you forget that you’re a vegetarian or that you’ve already had your daily allotment of Weight Watchers points. As proof, two of my usually vegetarian friends caved to the salty sweet combination at our research meeting today. With moist chocolate cake, warm velvety chocolate ganache, and crisp sugary bacon, these cupcakes are dangerously delicious…the perfect way to feel young and reckless. Happy birthday, Lucas!


If you’re still skeptical about candied bacon, check out my friend Tina’s chocolate beer battered cupcakes with maple bacon frosting for more evidence that the pairing is out of this world.

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  1. Veronica says:

    I am a fan of sweet and salty foods. I take potato chips and dip them into a bowl of creamy vanilla ice cream. This recipe sounds crazy good!

  2. Oh my. Drooling! This looks like heaven.

  3. Priscilla M says:

    There’s a neighborhood cupcake shop near my house that sells maple bacon cupcakes, and they are fantastic. So I can only imagine that the combination of chocolate and bacon can be pretty awesome, too :)

  4. Sally says:

    OMG these look out of this world!! Thank chocolate ganache… incredible! I don’t eat too much bacon but i’m literally drooling over it looking at these pictures. What a great, creative recipe! I love sweet + salty!

  5. Daisy says:

    I want to make these for Father’s Day on Sunday (I mean, what man doesn’t like bacon?). I was hoping to be able to bake these as full sized cupcakes instead of mini’s. Have you tried that? Does it work?

    • snixykitchen says:

      Oh, they’d be delicious as full-sized cupcakes. The original recipe that I adapted the cake from awhile back is from a Martha Stewart recipe for regular cupcakes, so I’m confident they’ll be delicious and moist. If you make them, let me know how the fathers like ‘em!

  6. Sophie Diane Kovatch says:

    My daughter loves bacon, I will definetly have to give this a try, looks delicious!!

  7. Jason Kirin says:

    Added some cayenne to the ganache… Didn’t brown sugar the bacon… Turned out amazing.

  8. This look very interesting, what a creative flavor combo.I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

  9. Lori Bell says:

    Planning on making these for my husband’s B-day — he loves this combo of bacon and chocolate — thanks for the recipe!!!

  10. lily says:

    This is a dumb question but how did you top the cupcakes with the ganache? It looks perfect and I’ve never known how to do it! Thanks :)

  11. Kym says:

    This is a really really cool recipe! tried once and succeeded!

  12. Chere says:

    Hi there. this recipe sounds amazing! I am from NZ and stout beer is not very easy to come by. Do you think I could substitute if for a different kind of beer or do you think stout would only work? Also, would imitation maple syrup be ok or best with pure? Thanks so much!!!! Cheree

    • Hi Cheree – These are great questions! This recipe doesn’t use stout beer or maple syrup so I think you’ll be fine w/out either. Do you perhaps mean a different recipe? I’d love to help you figure out the best substitutes! Cheers!

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