How about some rich chocolate cupcakes from scratch with some chocolate buttercream frosting topped with vanilla sea salt and fresh bacon? Are you drooling yet? I know I am! The vanilla and the vanilla sea salt are items I'm currently reviewing from 240Sweet and you will learn a lot more about them very very soon!
Oh yah - these are gluten free too :) You will need 2 sticks of real butter for this and a pound of bacon!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla (You can used vanilla extract as well.
- 1-1/2 cups gluten free flour mixture (my mixture is 1 cup white rice flour and 1/2 cup Expandex - OR for gluten full cupcakes use 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour)
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 Vanilla Sea Salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
- Add milk, dry mixture and water until well combined. End on a wet ingredient.
- Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost cupcakes.
- 8 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 teaspoon Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 4 tbsp. cocoa
- 2 to 3 tbsp. milk
- Cream butter and vanilla
- Combine sugar and cocoa
- Add sugar and cocoa mixture to butter
- Add milk to and butter mixture. Start with 2 tbsp. of milk, add additional if needed.
- Take 3 pieces of bacon and put them in a zip top bag - close the bag and crush the pieces. Open the bag up a little and sprinkle on the top of the frosting. YES -I said you needed a whole pound of bacon - who's going to really fry up just 3 pieces? Use it on a salad, on burgers, or even just eat it! You know if I said you needed only 3 pieces you would still cook it all!
- Sprinkle a PINCH of the Vanilla Sea Salt on top of the frosting. I get yelled at about this too. "My pinch isn't the same as your pinch". Reach in with your two fingers and pinch - that's all it means! It will vary - but do it to your liking. If you want it to be standard, some measuring spoons have a "just a pinch" spoon. I know - I have one. It's great for collecting dust! PINCH the salt and sprinkle :)
Now - take pictures and tease your friends - it's salty, sweet and every so yummy!