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Bacon and Beer Cupcakes. ‘Nuff Said.

Our final installment of Father’s Day goodness combines something savory, something sweet, and something hoppy. That’s right. It’s the perfect bacon n’ beer storm… in cupcake form.

We whipped up these crazy and delicious Bacon and Beer Cupcakes specifically with dad in mind. Because dads need to keep their health top of mind, these are actually another take on Skinny Cupcakes! Yup, the same diet soda and cake mix trick works with beer, too. The alcoholic aspect of your brew will cook out, but dad will get a kick out of the fact that you used beer instead of oil and water.

We went a little indulgent and topped these beer-filled wonders with salty and sweet candied bacon. Once you’ve made candied bacon in the oven, we promise you’ll never go back to the skillet method again.

Ingredients (makes about 21 cupcakes)
For the cupcakes:
- 1 box Butter Cake Mix
- 1 12 oz bottle of beer, reserve 1/4 cup for frosting
- 2 eggs

For the frosting:
- 1 cup salted butter, softened (2 sticks)
- 1 box powdered sugar (1 pound)
- 1/4 cup beer
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 12 strips of bacon
- 1/4 cup sugar brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake or muffing pan with 24 cupcake liners. Add cake mix, beer (we went with an IPA), and eggs to a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer according to package directions. Fill cupcake liners three-quarters full with cake batter and bake according to package directions, generally 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool while you prep your frosting and bacon topper.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil. Lay bacon flat on parchment and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until crispy and browned. Set aside to cool completely.

Place softened butter in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar, beer, and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Spread frosting over the tops of cupcakes and top decoratively with candied bacon. YUM! And, naturally, this cupcake would pair overwhelmingly well with a bottle or two of IPA. Happy Father’s Day!

What are you cooking up this Sunday? Have you tried our Spiked Donut Holes, Cookie Dough Ice Cream Balls, or are your planning to try these Bacon N’ Beer Cupcakes? We’d love to see photos of your Father’s Day dessert table. Send ‘em our way on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll post the best ones over on our blog.