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Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes Recipe

Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes Recipe

These adventurous cupcakes were a challenge by friends that turned into a great success. Use extra-smoky bacon to really get the salty, rich flavor. —Sandy Ploy, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:22 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon baking cocoa, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, buttermilk, eggs, oil and coffee until well blended. In a small bowl, combine the flour, 3/4 cup cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Stir in two-thirds of the bacon.
  • 2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 18-22 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.
  • 3. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with remaining bacon; dust with remaining cocoa. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 22 cupcakes.

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake equals 354 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 535 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Reviews for Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

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Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"this is really awesome."

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"this is really awesome"

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

"I was a little afraid to try this recipe but... I have tried chocolate with bacon candy before and loved it. So, I was hoping I would love the cupcakes too. I did make a simple change of makin my own icing. I do not buy the canned, processed stuff. The cupcakes turned out very nice. I liked the crunch an saltiness of the bacon with the sweetness of the chocolate. I will definitely make again!"

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"OMG!! Was this not the best thing since sliced bread. The richness of the coffee and chocolate the moistness of the buttermilk and who can fault bacon on anything!"

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