Mancakes | Saskatoon C95 Bachelor Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes

So I guess the cat is out of the bag… I’ve been selected to participate on C95′s (a local radio station) version of The Bachelor as one of their lucky five bachelorettes. I was trying to think of something creative and delicious and yet a bit different to bring for my first in-station interview. So I decided what is a better way to a guy’s heart but food – specifically bacon and chocolate. Thus my invention of the Mancake. I figure the word ‘cupcake’ is a bit too girly and doesn’t perfectly describe a cupcake that combines chocolate and candied bacon – thus the word Mancake was born.

For the chocolate cake cupcakes, I used Saucy’s amazing re-box recipe – which is great if you are a bit crunched for time.

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
Pour the batter into cupcake liners and bake for 18 minutes at 350°F. Set aside to cool before icing.

For the icing (feel free to add in more or less as you see fit):

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 5-6 cups of icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 5 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 tsp of Wilton butter flavouring
  • 1/2 cup of melted chocolate chips (melted with 1 tbsp of butter & 2 tbsp of heavy cream)
  • 2 tbsp of heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp of cocoa powder

To candy your bacon, fry up the bacon with some maple syrup and lots of brown sugar until its nice and crisp. Once the bacon has had a chance to cool, cut it up into thin little slices.

Ice your cupcakes with a 1M Wilton tip and sprinkle the bacon strips on top. Feel free to sprinkle on some raw sugar to give it that extra visual punch. Place in mouth & enjoy!

Carlene

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