Last night my family had a special dinner to celebrate a very good friend’s birthday… her dinner choice? Breakfast for dinner. Awesome. It doesn’t get any better than that, folks.
I was making a cake, and to keep it in theme, I decided to add a little breakfast-flavour with some bacon. For those of you who follow food trends, I am told that caramelised/candied/maple bacon is just the thing to have with sweet treats these days. I’ve sampled some bacon popcorn, maple cupcakes with bacon and even a caramel slice with bacon, and I have to say that I am a fan.
Because the rest of my family were doubters (my mum emphatically said YUCKKK when I suggested it), I decided to make some bacon chocolate to put on top of the cake, so that it could be picked off if necessary. It turned out not to be necessary – everyone was a fan of bacon chocolate as it turned out (especially me!).
I decided to add some chocolate eggs to fit in with the ‘bacon and eggs’ theme of the night. Where will you find chocolate eggs in September, I asked myself. It turns out, anywhere you look. My mum was able to find multiple packs of yummy Cadbury eggs, and I snagged a Kinder Surprise. I think Easter might last all year now.
Anyway, the instructions are just below. Happy Birthday (again) Jacinta! <3 I hope you’re enjoying the leftovers. ;)
Bacon Chocolate Birthday Cake
- Cake mix
- Cake frosting
- 3 rashers of bacon
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- Approximately 70g chocolate
- Chocolate eggs for decorating
- Mix up your cake mix and put it in the oven first thing – it will need time to cool before you decorate it.
- Cut up the bacon (minus fat) into tiny pieces.
- Fry up the bacon until it is well browned. Remove from heat.
- Add maple syrup to the pan, and mix well with the bacon until it is coated fully. Return to a low heat if necessary. Set to one side.
- Heat the chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave, removing and stirring every 30 seconds to ensure that it does not burn.
- On a piece of baking paper, spread the chocolate out to form a thin disk.
- Spring the bacon pieces over the melted chocolate, and place the bacon chocolate in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Once hard, break or cut the chocolate into pieces.
- When the cake has cooled, ice it with the frosting. Place the chocolate bacon around the cake. Decorate with chocolate eggs if desired.