Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bacon...For President! (Breakfast Bacon Cake!)



I’m ALWAYS in search of new and inventive Bacon-Inspired ideas!  Some are really clever and successful products, and some fail miserably.  And that’s ok; can’t be perfect all the time.  This week’s winner is the Bacon Recipe Playing cards I found.  Every card has a different recipe featuring Bacon.  Brilliant!  This week’s loser is the Bacon Gum Balls.  Neither tasted like Bacon, nor gum.  Lifespan of the gum in my mouth:  7 (bacon-un-inspired) minutes.

So, you win some, and you lose some.  Why don’t you be a winner with this recipe?….Imagine it’s your birthday, or just a Tuesday and you’re having cake, for breakfast.  It’s ok though, cause this cake tastes like hot buttered pancakes with maple syrup and bacon.  My hubby’s boss (another Bacon-Lover herself) got a special delivery today of Bacon Cake.  I bet you’ll be blowing out the birthday candles on your next birthday cake, wishing that cake was Bacon Cake!  The recipe makes 2 circle cakes.  However, I made a 9” by 7” rectangular cake and a dozen cupcakes.  There isn’t a frosting on this cake (it’s breakfast cake after all) so a good healthy squirt of Pancake Syrup on the top finishes it off.  Make it for breakfast. Or your next non-birthday!
(note the bottom… it’s an upside-down cake, so that bottom layer is bacon, then brown sugar, then cake. 3 words…Nom Nom Nom)

Upside-Down Bacon Breakfast Cake
1 lb of Bacon
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 (9 ounce) package of white cake mix (prepared as directed on box)
1 tsp maple flavored extract
¼ cup maple syrup

Like every other recipe, start by cooking off the bacon your preferred method.  (For this rectangular cake pan, I did a small bacon weave of 6 by 6 slices) I like the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit on a cooling rack placed on a baking sheet for 20 minutes.  You can also cook the bacon in a pan on the stove.  Remove and place on paper towels to drain.

Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).  Grease 2 9-inch round cake pans, or 24 muffin tins.  Place cooked bacon on the bottom of the cake pan or muffin paper, then sprinkle the bacon strips with brown sugar.

Combine the prepared cake batter, maple extract and maple syrup in a large bowl, mixing well.  Pour the batter over the brown sugar and bacon in the cake pan or muffin tins.  Bake in the oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean; 15-20 minutes.  Cool Cake slightly and remove from pan by inverting onto a serving platter.  Top with maple syrup and devour!


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