Thank heaven I have a wonderful husband who supports me and all my crazy eating habits. I mean, he must love me because on a daily basis he allows me to talk about food ad nauseum, constantly eat food, watch cooking shows like it's my full time job, and read cookbooks in bed. This is clearly the "for better or for worse" part of the marriage, right? ;-) Just kidding. But seriously, he accepts and supports my love of cooking and all things food.
One of my favorite shows is Masterchef with Gordon Ramsey. I love and cheer for my favorites each week, and he will always be listening to it in the background. Whether he watches it in its entirety or not, he knows the premise of the show. Flash back to the week before his birthday. Since I have been really diving into my culinary skills this year, I asked him if he wanted a cake or anything this year. Again, knowing how much I love Masterchef (and if you like the show you'll get this too), he gave me a "Mystery Box Challenge." Long story short, with a mystery box you get certain ingredients, and you have to cook something based on those ingredients. In no particular order he wanted cake pops with the ingredients caramel, maple, and bacon. ??? What was I supposed to do with that?!?
I tried my hand at cake pops and just couldn't get the hang of them. I tried. I reeeeeeally tried. I had given up the week he asked me for cake pops. Now what? So I made an executive choice and decided he was getting cupcakes...not cake pops! And let me tell ya'...they turned out to be amazing!! Light, fluffy caramel cake covered with vanilla frosting and maple coated bacon pieces. Trust me on this one. If you have ever had this combination before, you'd be a believer.
|Caramel Maple Bacon Cupcakes|
If you attempt this recipe, or something similar, please, please, PLEASE take pictures!! I would love to see someone else's version of these cupcakes. (Or if you can master this in a cake pop, please tell em how.) ;-)
|We finished every last one!!!|