Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

182 Reviews 73 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    25 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
Recipe by  mkecupcakequeen

“Dark Chocolate. Bacon. What's not to love? Take yourself on a taste adventure and give these a go. They were a challenge by friends that turned into a great success.”

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Original recipe yields 2 dozen cupcakes



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk and oil. Stir just until blended. Mix in 3/4 of the bacon, reserving the rest for garnish. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting and sprinkle reserved bacon crumbles on top. Dust with additional cocoa powder.

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WOW! If you LOVE Chocolate and you LOVE Bacon you have to try this! This definitely is the perfect marriage of sweet and salty. My husband thinks bacon should be a food group so I thought I'd surprise him with this for his birthday instead of making a regular 'ol birthday cake. This definitely fit the bill. The cake in and of itself is beyond moist and chocolately. You could tell that right away from the buttermilk and oil that it was going to be good. I used 1 cup of Hershey's cocoa but other than that didn't change a thing. I think I'll use this cake recipe with or without the bacon because it was so rich and decadent! I didn't want huge chunks of bacon in this so I put the bacon in a mini-food processor and then added it to the batter. I didn't want to do small cupcakes because I needed a "WOW" factor so I made a dozen Texas sized cupcakes in a oversized muffin pan. They took a little longer to bake but ended up looking like mini-cakes. I iced them with "Rich Chocolate Frosting" from this site which is to die for and toppped them with the additional crumbled bacon. When I tried one for the first time I felt a little like Bill Cosby and thought why not have these for breakfast - it's got everything. Why this even has two additional breakfast items: coffee and bacon. It's got it all!!!

The Messy Cook

The Messy Cook

These had an awesome depth of flavor. I am not a coffee drinker so I only had gourmet chocolate caramel coffee, and I am made it real strong (3 tablespoons for 1 cup). I finely crumbled the bacon. Within the mixture, they end up being almost undetectable, except for a slightly salty bit everyso often which mixes wonderfully with the chocolate flavor. Not to mention these cupcakes are supermoist and fluffy! Note: My first batch flattened cause I took them out too early to check them...second batch came out perfect I left them in there, when I saw that they rose nicely, I turned off the oven and let them sit for 5 minutes in the oven.



As soon as I saw this recipe I knew I would have to try it. My curiousity got the best of me tonight and I whipped up a batch. These are seriously THE best cupcakes I've ever eaten, let alone made. Moist, full of flavor, and heavenly rich. I love the depth that the bacon and coffee add to the chocolate flavor. I highly recommend this!

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Amount Per Serving (24 total)

  • Calories
  • 185 cal
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 7.5 g
  • 12%
  • Carbs
  • 26.8 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 4.2 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 285 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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