The Cowboy Cupcake

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Serves: 24
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2 c all purpose flour
2 c brown sugar, lightly packed
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 c canola oil
1/2 c whiskey (your choice)
1/4 c caramel (i use apple dipping caramel)
1 c half and half
2 eggs
1/2 c heavy whipping cream
8 oz dark chocolate
7 oz marshmallow fluff
1 c butter, unsalted, room temp
4 c confectioners' sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
5 slice bacon
1/4 c maple syrup
1/2 c brown sugar, firmly packed

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Sarah Stein Recipe
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Glendale Heights, IL (pop. 34,208)
Member Since Feb 2013
Sarah's notes for this recipe:
The Cowboy cupcake features a flavor packed whiskey caramel cake covered in dark chocolate ganache. I top it off with a fluffy and sweet marshmallow buttercream and almost too good to be true candied maple brown sugar candied bacon.

It's the perfect cupcake recipe for the cowboy in your life!
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In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. Set adise.

Using a stand mixer whisk eggs, whiskey, caramel, oil, and half & half. Whisk on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture a cup at a time, mixing well between additions.

Fill lined cupcake tins 2/3 of the way full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until cakes have risen and a cake tester comes out clean.

Allow cupcakes to fully cool.

Place chopped chocolate in a bowl. In a small saucepan heat whipping cream on medium heat, stirring occasionally.

When the whipping cream starts to bubble up to half the pan, remove from heat and pour directly over chocolate.

Using a rubber spatula, slowly and gently stir the melting chocolate and cream mixture.

When the mixture thickens and the chocolate has started to give, stir quickly until glossy and smooth. Dip the face of each cupcake in the ganache to form a smooth, glazed surface. Set aside.

(If you end up with extra ganache you can double dip cupcakes or save it for the bacon, as shown in the picture. You can also add a little whiskey to the ganache if you really want to amp up the flavor.)

Allow ganache to set and harden.

Using a stand mixer whisk butter and marshmallow fluff together until combined.

Add confectioner's sugar, a cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix well.

Add heavy whipping cream.

Whisk on high for 2 minutes.

Frost cupcakes, leaving some of the ganache exposed.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with a little olive oil or cooking spray. Lay strips of bacon flat on this sheet.

In a small bowl, combine maple syrup and brown sugar.

Place bacon in oven and allow to cook for 3 minutes.

Carefully remove from oven and dab bacon with a paper towel to absorb grease.

Brush maple syrup and brown sugar mix on bacon. Flip over and repeat.

Return to the oven for an additional 4-5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and move to a cooling rack (with a paper towel underneath just in case) and allow to harden and cool.

Once cooled, slice bacon into pieces to either garnish cupcakes or serve on the side for guests to add as much or as little as they want.

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user Billie Neal WildExpectation - Feb 11, 2013
You just got your first PINCH! I hope it didn't hurt!!! LOL!!!
user Billie Neal WildExpectation - Feb 11, 2013
Did you create this recipe from the ground up??
user Sarah Stein SweetDreamsCupcake - Feb 11, 2013
I sure did!
Granted, I knew how to make regular ganache and just integrated the dark chocolate into the recipe. But this recipe is my baby. :]
user Billie Neal WildExpectation - Feb 11, 2013
It sounds absolutely SINFUL!!! Way to go Sarah!!!! I was just asking because of the pic. The way you have it fixed up it looks like it's from a magazine. OOPS!!! Sorry!! Can't wait to try these out!!!
user Dorene Fishkin Dorene_Fishkin - Feb 11, 2013
Thanks Sarah. Just read the recipe. Will have to give it a try.

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