{Chocolate Bacon Cake} – Tort cu ciocolata si bacon

chocolate bacon cake

If you’ve been following this blog for a longer period of time, you should know that I like flavor combinations that step out of the ordinary and it’s not the first time I’m using bacon in desserts – these cookies were delicious too! But there’s something about the idea of a chocolate bacon cake that made my taste buds tingle. The sweetness and chocolatiness of the cake and the salty, smoky aroma of the bacon are a match made in heaven in my opinion. I was a bit skeptical at first, but couldn’t stop eating the cake once it was assembled. What a great flavor and such a beautiful cake! A showstopper indeed!

The layers of the cake are quite simple: black stout chocolate sponge cake (the same I made for my red wine cake, but with stout replacing the red wine), Swiss meringue chocolate buttercream, crispy bacon and a touch of walnuts for taste and flavor. So simple and yet so good! This chocolate bacon cake is my idea of perfection – simple ingredients, well mixed together, well balanced, intense, yet not overpowering. The wholesome, hearty stout chocolate cake is moist and incredibly tasty with its chocolate taste and stout bitterness and aroma. When I first opened the black stout bottle, the first thing I thought about was chocolate.. somehow, the flavor made me think of chocolate, caramel and overall thick, rich flavors.

chocolate bacon cake

I’m not normally a huge fan of buttercream, but there’s just one that I honestly don’t mind making and eating – Swiss meringue buttercream. It’s so much lighter and creamier, it has a better taste and an amazing texture, it holds its shape well and it’s perfect for cakes, cupcakes, brownies or just anything you might consider needing a dollop of rich, delicious cream on top. The great thing about this meringue though is that it can easily be combined with chocolate or even cream cheese and turned into amazing fillings for your cakes.

{Chocolate Bacon Cake}
 
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Serves:: 6-8 servings
Ingredients:
Black stout cake:
  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • 300g white sugar
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 250ml dark stout
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
Chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream:
  • 4 egg whites
  • 200g white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 250g butter, softened
  • 250g dark chocolate, melted and chilled
You will also need:
  • 10 bacon slices, cooked until crisp and golden brown
  • A handful of walnuts, chopped
Directions:
Black stout cake:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line 2 round cake pans (18cm diameter) with baking paper.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Bring the sout to the boiling point in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate. Mix until melted and smooth and allow to cool down.
  4. Combine the eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and oil in a bowl. Stir in the stout mixture.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones and mix quickly just until combined. Don't over mix the batter!
  6. Pour the batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan then level them up and cut them in half lengthwise, thus obtaining 4 discs of sponge cake. Place aside.
Chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream:
  1. Combine the egg whites, vanilla, salt and sugar in a heatproof bowl and place over a hot water bath. Keep over steams, whisking all the time, until the mixture is hot and the sugar is melted.
  2. Remove from heat and begin whipping with an electric mixer until glossy and stiff and completely cooled down. it may take up to 7-8 minutes.
  3. When the meringue is stiff, add the softened butter, all at once and continue mixing on low speed. At first it will curdle up, then it will look like a soup and after 2-3 minutes, it will come back together, turning into a silky, smooth, fluffy buttercream.
  4. Add the chocolate, all at once and mix on low speed just until incorporated.
  5. Split the buttercream in 4 equal portions then assemble the cake: one layer of stout sponge, one layer of buttercream, a few bits of crushed bacon, another layer of sponge cake and so on.
  6. Finish the cake with a layer of buttercream, chopped walnuts and crispy bacon.
  7. Serve the cake right away or refrigerate until needed.

chocolate bacon cakeROMANIAN

Daca ma urmariti de mai mult timp, stiti bine ca nu ma dau inlaturi de la combinatii iesite din comun si nu e prima data cand folosesc bacon in deserturi – aceste fursecuri sunt inca vii in memoria papilelor mele gustative. E ceva in gustul baconului combinat cu ceva dulce care imi face papilele sa tresalte de bucurie.

chocolate bacon cake

Baconul usor sarat si afumat si ciocolata dulce amaruie fac din acest tort o delicatesa. E si foarte usor de facut pe deasupra! Straturile tortului sunt: blat cu ciocolata si bere neagra, crema de unt cu ciocolata (Chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream), bacon crocant si un strat de miez de nuca pentru textura si gust. Sunt putine elemente, dar toate au o aroma intensa, reusind cumva sa se echilibreze una pe cealalta intr-un tort care impresioneaza nu doar prin combinatia de gusturi, ci si prin aspect.

Ingrediente:

Blat cu ciocolata si bere neagra:

  • 250g faina alba
  • 300g zahar alb
  • 75g cacao
  • 1 lingurita praf de copt
  • 1 lingurita bicarbonat de sodiu
  • 1/2 lingurita sare
  • 2 oua
  • 1 lingurita extract de vanilie
  • 250ml lapte batut
  • 125ml ulei vegetal
  • 250ml bere neagra
  • 100g ciocolata neagra, tocata

Crema de unt cu ciocolata:

  • 4 albusuri
  • 200g zahar alb
  • 1/4 lingurita sare
  • 250g unt la temperatura camerei
  • 250g ciocolata neagra, topita si racita
  • In plus, veti mai avea nevoie de 10 felii bacon, prajite pana devin crocante si o mana de miez de nuca, tocat.

Mod de preparare:

Blat cu ciocolata si bere neagra:

  1. Preincalziti cuptorul la 180C si tapetati 2 tavi de 18cm diametru cu hartie de copt.
  2. Amestecati ingredientele uscate intr-un bol.
  3. Incalziti berea neagra intr-un vas apoi luati de pe foc si adaugati ciocolata. Amestecati pana ciocolata se topeste.
  4. Amestecati ouale, vanilia, uleiul si laptele batut intr-un bol. Adaugati amestecul de bere si ciocolata apoi turnati lichidul peste ingredientele uscate.
  5. Amestecati rapid doar pana la incorporare. E crucial sa nu amestecati prea mult in aluat altfel veti obtine un blat cu gauri, cleios si nu unul pufos, umed cum e acest blat de fapt.
  6. Turnati aluatul in mod egal in cele doua tavi pregatite si coaceti pentru 30-35 minute sau pana blaturile trec testul scobitorii.
  7. Lasati blaturile sa se raceasca in tavi apoi nivelati-le si taiati-le in jumatate, astfel incat sa obtineti 4 discuri de blat in total.

Crema de unt cu ciocolata:

  1. Combinati albusurile cu zaharul, sarea si vanilia intr-un bol si puneti pe baie de aburi. Tineti pe foc, amestecand continuu in albusuri cu un tel, pana cand compozitia e fierbinte si zaharul e topit.
  2. Luati de pe foc si mixati albusurile cu un mixer electric pana obtineti o bezea ferma si lucioasa si bolul s-a racit. De obicei dureaza intre 5 si 8 minute.
  3. Cand bolul si bezeaua sunt reci, adaugati untul, tot o data, si mixati la viteza mica. La inceput compozitia se va taia, apoi va arata ca o supa, iar dupa 2-3 minute va deveni o crema fina, delicioasa.
  4. Adaugati ciocolata topita si racita si amestecati doar pana la incorporare.
  5. Impartiti crema de unt in 4 parti cat de cat egale si incepeti sa asamblati tortul astfel: un strat de blat, un strat de crema de unt, bacon rupt bucati mici, alt blat, din nou crema si bacon si tot asa. Incheiati asamblarea cu un strat de crema de unt peste care presarati miez de nuca si bucati de bacon.
  6. Sa aveti pofta!

chocolate bacon cake

{Bacon Cookies} – Fursecuri cu bacon

bacon cookies

Well I finally did it – I’ve been dreaming about these bacon cookies for weeks literally, but always managed to prioritize my baking differently.. until a few days ago that is when I bought some smoky, delicious bacon just for these cookies! It’s not a mistake – these cookies have been designed to include bacon in the ingredient list and it’s not something I recommend replacing! Bacon is the key ingredient, the one that makes these cookies what they are! Together with bacon, you’ll also find crushed potato chips, chocolate chips and mini-marshmallows on the ingredient list. It’s probably one of the weirdest combination I’ve ever made in terms of cookie flavors, but God, they turned out heavenly. I’ve always loved the mix of sweet and salty (hello cheese pasta with sugar on top!!), so my taste buds were prepared for something delicious, but little I knew they would turn out this epic! I’m not even kidding, they are epic and how could they not be when they have one of the best things ever invented by man – bacon!

These bacon cookies are chewy when you first bite into them, but the next moment they turn crunchy due to the addition of potato chips and the flavors reveal to your taste buds one by one, building into a delicious, slightly smoky taste that lingers on your palate. There’s nothing I would change about these cookies – oh wait, maybe one thing – I would add a few crushed pretzels next time for even more texture and taste. They are incredible, I’m not kidding!

{Bacon Cookies}
 
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Serves:: 20
Ingredients:
  • 110g butter, softened
  • 200g white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 140g all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 100g salted potato chips, crushed
  • 8 bacon slices
  • 50g dark chocolate chips
  • 30g mini-marshmallows
Directions:
  1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium flame and fry the bacon until crisp. Remove it on paper towels and let the bacon slices cool completely.
  2. Crush the bacon slices into smaller pieces and place aside.
  3. Sift the flour with baking powder and baking soda in a bowl and place aside.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 350F and lined 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
  5. Mix the butter with sugar for 5 minutes until creamy and fluffy.
  6. Add the egg and mix well.
  7. Stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated then fold in the potato chips, bacon slices, chocolate chips and marshmallows.
  8. Drop spoonfuls of batter on your prepared pans and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes at most until the edges turn golden brown.
  9. Let the cookies cool in the pan before serving.


ROMANIAN!

Fursecuri cu bacon – da, acel bacon pe care il stim cu totii, sunculita aceea felii, usor afumata, absolut delicioasa – nu s-a strecurat nicio greseala in titlul retetei! Recunosc ca mereu mi-a placut combinatia dulce-sarat (mananc paste cu branza sarata si zahar din belsug) asa ca visez la aceste fursecuri de saptamani intregi. Papilele mele abia au asteptat intalnirea cu aceste fursecuri, dar zau ca nu ma asteptam sa fie atat, dar atat de bune. Nu as schimba nimic la aceasta reteta – de fapt, mint, as adauga data viitoare cativa pretzels (covrigei sarati) sfaramitati pentru un plus de textura si gust.

Ingrediente:

  • 110g unt, temperatura camerei
  • 200g zahar
  • 1 ou
  • 140g faina alba
  • 1/4 lingurita praf de copt
  • 1/4 lingurita bicarbonat
  • 100g chipsuri de cartofi sfaramitati
  • 8 felii de bacon
  • 50g fulgi de ciocolata neagra (sau ciocolata neagra tocata)
  • 30g bezele moi (mini-marshmallows)

Mod de preparare:

  1. Primul lucru pe care il aveti de facut este sa frigeti feliile de bacon pana devin crocante. Scoateti feliile de bacon pe prosoape de hartie si lasati-le sa se raceasca, apoi sfaramitati-le.
  2. Cerneti faina cu praful de copt si bicarbonatul.
  3. Preincalziti cuptorul la 180C si tapetati 2 tavi cu hartie de copt.
  4. Mixati untul cu zaharul cel putin 5 minute pana obtineti o compozitie pufoasa, cremoasa.
  5. Adaugati oul si mixati bine.
  6. Incorporati faina, apoi adaugati chipsurile de cartofi, baconul, ciocolata si bezelele moi si incorporati-le usor cu o spatula.
  7. Puneti gramajoare de aluat pe tavile de copt pregatite si coaceti la 180C pentru 12-15 minute pana marginile fursecurilor devin usor aurii.
  8. Lasati fursecurile sa se raceasca in tava.

bacon cookies