Chocolate Bacon Stout cupcakes with Whiskey filling and caramel frosting

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Chocolate Bacon Stout cupcakes with Whiskey filling and caramel frosting
 
I combined recipes I found and made this moist yummy cupcakes.
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Ingredients
  • For the Candied Bacon
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder
  • 12 slices bacon
  • For the cupcakes
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup stout (such as Guinness)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • For the Whiskey Ganache Filling
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Irish whiskey (optional)
  • For the Dulce De Leche Frosting
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. MAKE THE CANDIED BACON
  2. Preheat oven to 350 and set a rack on a foil lined baking sheet. Whisk the brown sugar, granulated sugar and cocoa powder in a med bowl. Toss the bacon in the sugar mixture until coated, then arrange on the rack in a single layer. Bake until dark brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to a plate and pat dry with paper towels. Chop the bacon to desired size and set aside.
  3. MAKE THE CUPCAKES.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to a simmer in a heavy, large saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
  5. Using a stand up Mixer, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and ¾ teaspoon salt till blended. beat the eggs and sour cream in to blend. Add the stout-chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until completely combined. Divide the batter among the cupcake liners, fill two-thirds to three-quarters of the way. Bake the cupcakes until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, rotating them once front to back if your oven bakes unevenly, about 16-18 minutes. Cool the cupcakes on a rack completely.
  6. MAKE THE WHISKEY GANACHE
  7. Chop the chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then whisk until smooth (if there are still pieces of unmelted chocolate after whisking for a couple of minutes, you can heat it over a double boiler, whisking constantly until it's completely smooth). Remove from heat and add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined.
  8. FILL THE CUPCAKES
  9. Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped. Meanwhile, using your 1-inch round cookie cutter, an apple corer, or a small sharp knife, cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes. Put the ganache into a piping bag with a wide tip (or a plastic bag with a corner snipped off) and fill the holes in each cupcake about ⅔ of the way from bottom to the top.
  10. MAKE THE FROSTING
  11. Beat the dulce de leche, cram cheese and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until combined. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  12. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and top with the candied bacon.
  13. Enjoy!