Bacon and Beer Cupcakes Recipe. ‘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.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)