Wilbur’s Cupcakes

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Wilbur’s Cupcakes

By Paula Deen Test Kitchen

This moist dark chocolate cupcake has a frosting with a salty surprise…BACON!
Put a little pork in your dessert and try it out on your friends at your next dinner party or backyard shindig. They might be a little hesitant at first, but will squeal with excitement after just one bite.

Wilbur’s Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk

Bacon Chocolate Frosting
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 slices bacon cooked crisp and cut into 1/2” pieces for garnish

Chocolate Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk; beat well after each addition. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. When cool, frost with Bacon Chocolate Frosting.

Bacon Chocolate Frosting:
In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat margarine and cocoa together until combined. Add milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until desired consistency is achieved. Adjust with more milk or confectioners’ sugar if necessary. Fold in chopped bacon. Frost chocolate cupcakes and top with a piece of crisp bacon for garnish.

Yields: 16 cupcakes and 2 cups frosting
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Ease of Preparation: Easy

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Reader Comments:

LOOOOVE Bacon,LOOOVE chocolate why not..WE gonna try these piggycakes out!!YUMMY!!Can’t wait..I Will let you know ya’ll!! Did I mention butter too..YUMMY X 3!!

By tiffany harris on March 15, 2010

Hey Sandra Szanto of Concord, MA! You are right, and that was my fault. When Paula was testing this recipe she used as a base an old frosting recipe of her Aunt Peggy’s and I forgot to change it to butter in this recipe. Butter is of course what Paula always uses. The recipe will be amended. Thanks for catching it!
Libbie Summers, Paula Deen Food Editor

By Libbie Summers on March 11, 2010

Paula, love to watch you cook on TV but this bacon cupcake is not good!  I don’t like it at all.  Ha.  Your hair is lovely and I sure do like the color.  Your have a great family and I know you are happy to have grandchildren.  I just got one myself a year ago this past Feb.

By Linda on March 11, 2010

Can’t wait to try it! My hubby makes a killer bacon cheesecake for our bakery….maybe we’ll have to add this to our bakery case! Thanks Paula!

By vanessa mcdonald on March 11, 2010

Bacon chocolate bars are great so I can’t wait to try this recipe!  Thanks Paula!!

By angie on March 10, 2010

uhhhh, I love u paula but that is gross! lol

By Angie Evon on March 10, 2010

You have gone over to the dark side, Paula and we are all going to follow right behind you, oink!

By sbrock719 on March 10, 2010

I can’t wait to try these I might make them for a Birthday party I’m going to. I’ve always followed your recipes and you’ve never let me down yet!

By David Vaughn on March 10, 2010

I love this idea.  I’ve been intrigued to try it.  However, why did you name it “Wilbur’s Cupcakes?”  Charlotte’s Web is one of my favorite children’s stories.  *sniff sniff*

By Elizabeth on March 10, 2010

These are totally insane girl had me the talk of the church social..What Baptist wouldn`t love bacon LOL.. That rates right up there with fried chicken…I watch all your shows and love your recipes….You have the most handsome sons…Makes an old woman wish she could turn back time..God bless you and your family.

By LaWanda Roberts on March 10, 2010



By Sandra Szanto on March 10, 2010

Paula I must say that I absolutely am your biggest fan! ( as i know you ve never heard that before)This recipe was a huge success as ALL of your recipes are. I have all your cook books an never get tired of reading them…as well as all your cook ware! ( i love my newest purchase…your pasty rollin pin!) I also have a autographed apron from the Lady & sons restaurant…an I hope to visit soon! Thanks so much for all your recipes an the entertainment you provide while making those dishes….just love it! I love your magazine as I have a subscription!
Ellen Turney loyal & dedicated fan!

By Ellen Turney on March 10, 2010

You should try peanut butter and bacon together!! Yummy!! I make grilled peanut butter and bacon sandwiches for my kids for lunch—like a grilled cheese, but SO much better!

By Cathy on March 10, 2010

Wow! This is something different… I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you!

By Breanna on March 10, 2010

I have to say that i absolutely Love You Paula and my children and i look through your cookbooks all the time to find something different to make for supper. We also love your dessert recipes. One of my favorites is the banana cake recipe that you made for Michael as a groom cake. As a filling in between the layers i use apricot cake and pastry filling. Everyone absolutely loves it and it goes so well with the cream cheese frosting. I hope to one day come to Savannah to meet you and your family, I can’t wait to try out these cupcakes. Thanks again for all the wonderful memories of cooking with my children.

By Andrea Stonge on March 10, 2010

I can’t wait to try these…I love chocolate covered bacon.

By Paula Scoggins on March 10, 2010

Bacon and Chocolate ?? why not ! Chocolate makes everything taste better! I eat chocolate and basil-cheese Italian sandwiches all the time! Thanks Paula! wink

By twilightgirl68 on March 10, 2010

You need to SHUT UP YO MOUTH Paula Deen.  This is absolutely INSANE and so totally yummy looking.  :o)  Love everything about you.  <3

By Rosemary Hayes on March 10, 2010

My husband is going to flip for these cupcakes. I am going to have to make a batch every other day!! Thanks so much!

By Amira Carroll on March 10, 2010

I am sure that the salty bacon compliments this sweet cupcake so well….thanks for the recipe

By Greg Kantner on March 08, 2010

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