Our 2013 Burns Night Supper was a rousing success. It was a great reminder of what a wonderful, loyal, hilarious group of friends we have. The Chef and I spent months assembling every piece of the puzzle: the menu, music, guest list, drinks, poetry, toasts. Finally, on 25th January, everything locked into place: we had an amazing time. Once our friends started arriving, I more or less put my camera down for the night. Good photos are in short supply, but I plan on posting a video of the winning toast soon. To make up for lack of photographic evidence that the party, indeed, took place, I have decided to share my famous cupcake recipe. These cupcakes are, to be honest if a bit immodest, scrumptious. After concocting this dessert, I spent 2+ years refining the method and ingredients. Now you, dear readers, can benefit from my diligence. A few words of warning, however: one taste, and your friends and family will pounce on your cupcakes like a pack of wild beasties, leaving behind nothing but shreds of cupcake liners, pools of drool, and their dignity. The Burns Night revelers would tell you as much
VANILLA-BLUEBERRY-BACON CUPCAKES WITH CARAMEL ICING AND BLUEBERRY COMPOTE* (Makes 24 cupcakes)
Fear not: although this recipe is comprised of three components, with each one made entirely from scratch, it is easy. Trust me. Because of setting time, we’re going to cook backwards and assemble forwards.
- 2 cups of frozen blueberries, reserving the rest of the blueberries in the package for later
- 3 tablespoons of water
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
In a small sauce pan, combine 1 cup of blueberries and all of the water, sugar, and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Add the second cup of blueberries and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the burner, transfer to a heat-proof dish, cover, and cool. I put it in the fridge once it has sufficiently cooled and let it set for 3 or 4 hours.
MY GREAT-GREAT AUNT CLARA’S CARAMEL ICING
- 1/2 cup of margarine
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of milk
- Confectioner’s sugar
Using a large sauce pan, combine and cook the margarine and brown sugar for 2 minutes over medium heat. Add the milk and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool. This usually takes a couple of hours. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add Confectioner’s sugar until the icing has reached a spreading consistency. Cover, and refrigerate to set. Be sure to pull it out of the fridge about 20 minutes before spreading on cupcakes, so that it is not too stiff. FUN TIP: Because this stuff is more potent than some street drugs, I always make a double batch. It goes great with slices of apple and pear (you will never use store-bought caramel apple dip again) and, as I witness guests at every party do, it can also be eaten straight with a spoon.
TATTLETAIL’S VANILLA CUPCAKES (AMY SEDARIS’ RECIPE)
Although any homemade vanilla cupcake recipe will do as the base, I always use Amy Sedaris’. Not only is it easy and delicious, it is Amy Freaking Sedaris’. What more do you need to know? That I am not a fan girl, but a FAN GIRL? She is my wacky poster lady of ridiculously sublime awesomeness. If you don’t love her, you’ll at least love this recipe.
- 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 1/4 cups of milk
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Using a mixer, beat the butter on medium until it is smooth. Add sugar, and beat well. Add the eggs, and mix until smooth. Add the vanilla, baking powder, salt, flour and milk. Beat until it becomes smooth and creamy. The steps will look something like this:
This is where the magic begins: blueberries and bacon and caramel, oh my! I use thick-cut bacon. 10-12 slices will do, depending on how meaty you want your cupcakes. Cook them to your preferred specifications and set aside.
A funny side note: I was veg for a decade and now make desserts with bacon. Didn’t see that one coming…However, I still hate the smell of bacon, and have The Chef prepare it for me. Weird, I know. Let’s add the blueberries. Stir in half of the blueberry compote, using a spoon. Take the reserved blueberries left over from the compote, and dump them in, too. This may seem odd, but I think the combination of compote and plain blueberries is the best flavour-wise.
Assembly time! Line your cupcake pan with pretty papers. Fill each cup about half-way with batter; I’ve found that using 2 measuring spoon tablespoons is ideal. Tear the bacon into bite-size pieces and stick into each cup. I use 2-3 pieces. Cover with one more tablespoon of batter, smoothing the tops evenly so no bacon shows. Like this:
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a rack. Be sure to take the Caramel Icing out of the fridge to let it become pliant enough to use. Decorate each cupcake with icing, and finish them off with a dollop of Blueberry Compote and a piece of bacon. PRACTICAL TIP: It is best to drain off the compote before using it to decorate the cupcakes.
Vyv, of the yummy dessert and Batman obsessed blog Vyvacious, has been lusting after my cupcakes for weeks. She’s in Cali and I’m in the Queen City, so this is the best I can do!
It was worth the wait, right?
*A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFO ON THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS RECIPE: The Vanilla-Blueberry-Bacon Cupcakes with Caramel Icing and Blueberry Compote recipe is my version of blueberry waffles with a side of bacon. I chose the vanilla base for its mildness and adaptability; the Caramel Icing is a stand-in for maple syrup. It really captures the flavour of the inspiration in surprising ways. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself. If you make the recipe, be sure to come back here and let me know what you think.
I AM IN LOVE WITH YOU!!! SCREW THE CHEF!! TELL HIM TO MOVE OVER!!!
I looooooove this post to freaking pieces!!! 😀 Seriously, what an AMAZING recipe! I will definitely make this and absolutely link back to you!! They look and sound sooo tasty! And can I just say, your sign made me yell out like a crazy person!! I love it! And you look gorgeous!!
There are too many things that I LOVE in this post! I can’t even contain my excitement! Thank you so much for making my day!! Much love, my friend 🙂
Haha, I lure people in with my bacon cupcakes but they hang around because I am so frickin’ awesome (kidding). 🙂
I’m glad you liked the post, it means a lot coming from the Cali Queen of Cupcakes! 🙂 I can honestly say that you will love them! When I take them to parties, people are so intrigued by them. Then, after they try one they are obsessed. I’ve had people follow me around at parties fawning over me because of them. No joke. I guess a little bit of bacon in a dessert goes a long way in making people like you.
I had fun with the sign. I thought, “She cannot be here to have a cupcake, but I can make her a sign, dammit!” That’s just how my mind works.
Hahaha!! I don’t think you’re kidding! 😉 I think you KNOW you’re awesome! 😛
Oh my goodness, Cali Queen of Cupcakes! Gotta love it 🙂
I seriously can’t wait. I’m trying to think of what special occasion I could make them for…
Aww!! I seriously was so happy when I saw your sign 😀 I LOVE the way your mind works!! 🙂
Well, I have my moments when I know it, but they are not continuous!
You’ve earned that nickname by always making and posting such ridiculously good looking cupcakes.
You do not need a special occasion to make my cupcakes. Any excuse will do…
I’m glad you liked the sign. It was fun explaining to my mom, husband, and best friend what I was doing! 🙂
Haha you’re so sweet, thank you 🙂
That’s very true…
Seriously I’m in love with that sign! Haha. It made me so happy 😀
I must have exceptional skills if I can make someone fall in love with a sign. Well done, Me! 🙂
You do, you do!! Well done, you!! 😀
Blushes, and takes a bow.
Just reblogged this because I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST!! 😀
THANK YOU BUNCHES! I’m glad you love it so much. Makes my day. 🙂
You are welcome!! 😀 Makes mine too! 😛
This is going straight to my sister because (a) she’s a fab cook and (b) she believes nothing can’t be made better with bacon. Thank you for posting this, because once I send it to her, a batch will be coming my way.
I’m glad you get to have them one way or another! 🙂 You’ll have to let me know what you think. I am finally satisfied with the recipe, after 2+ years.
You shine in many ways. If there is an award for cupcakes this would win it. All the right things that I love are there – bacon, blueberries and caramel.
Haha, thank you Judy! They are really good, if I may say so. They aren’t difficult to make, either, just a wee time consuming.
Look at your gorgeous self! I like the dress, very matisse
Hehe, thanks. I actually bought the dress because it reminded me of a painting.
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Maedez is one of my favorite bloggers not only because she’s super sweet but holy hell she also makes famous, vanilla, blueberry, bacon, cupcakes with mouthwatering caramel icing and blueberry compote?! I may be biased because she reserved one especially for me AND made me a sign but really, I just know y’all are jealous. NEENER NEENER WEINERRR!! 😛 Seriously, check out this blog post though 🙂 It WILL have you drooling 🙂
Those cupcakes look and sound DIVINE. Bacon on a cupcake is a stroke of rare genius.
Haha, thanks! There’s bacon inside, too. 🙂
What I love about you is that you’re the kind of person I wish I could be! Party planning for months even down to the music and cupcakes with BACON! I more think of parties, get lost in a sea of details and eventually have my characters get together—then all goes terribly wrong. My fav character Buck who just finally proposed, gave his love the ring sitting on top of a cupcake–do you mind if I make it a bacon one? haha. Love your posts and your little profile pic too.
Aw, that is a HUGE compliment! My husband and I just love our Burns Night Suppers, so we have a lot of fun planning the event. Plus, I have OCD and obsessively planning things is just part of who I am. Being proposed to with a ring on a cupcake sounds like a win-win to me! No, I do NOT mind if it is a bacon cupcake. They are scrumptious, especially with some blueberries and caramel. 🙂
Again, thanks so much for your compliments, I really appreciate them loads!