Decadent Mocha Bacon Cupcakes for Chocolate Lovers!

Welcome coffee lovers and bacon enthusiasts, today I have a recipe that’s sure to delight your taste buds. Are you ready to indulge in a decadent treat that combines two of the most beloved flavors? Look no further than my Mocha Bacon Cupcakes recipe.

Picture this – a moist and fluffy chocolate cupcake infused with strong coffee, topped with creamy maple frosting and crispy bacon bits. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? The marriage of savory bacon and rich dark chocolate is a match made in heaven.

These cupcakes are perfect for satisfying any sweet and salty cravings. Whether you’re looking for a unique party dessert or just want to treat yourself, this recipe will not disappoint. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you.

But before we get into the nitty-gritty of the recipe instructions, let me give you a quick sneak peek of what’s in store. We’ll start with a simple ingredient list, including everyday staples like flour, sugar, eggs, and of course, bacon. Then we’ll dive into step-by-step instructions on how to create these mouthwatering cupcakes from scratch.

So get ready to impress your friends and family with this unforgettable dessert. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Bacon Cupcakes
Mocha Bacon Cupcakes

Attention coffee and bacon enthusiasts! This recipe is for you. Get ready to fall in love with these mocha bacon cupcakes, which will leave you begging for more.

But why should you try this recipe, and what makes it stand out in a sea of cupcake recipes? For starters, the infusion of coffee gives these cupcakes a rich, bold flavor that pairs so well with the salty-sweet essence of bacon. But wait, there’s more!

These delicacies are incredibly easy to make, even for those who fear they lack baking skills. With basic ingredients like all-purpose flour and eggs paired with coffee and unsweetened cocoa powder, these cupcakes allow you to create a homemade treat that looks impressive and tastes fantastic in no time.

The bacon itself brings an added layer of complexity to the flavor profile of these cupcakes. Its savory crunchiness perfectly complements the richness of the chocolate cake. The maple frosting ties it all up with gooey sweetness.

And if you’re looking to spice things up further, this recipe offers several variations. Swap out the bacon for candied bacon or opt for a chocolate chip or salted caramel frosting instead of maple syrup—whatever strikes your fancy.

So brew a cup of coffee and get ready to become the talk of the town by making these mocha bacon cupcakes. Your taste buds will thank you for this sweet yet savory adventure!

Ingredient List

 Bacon in a cupcake? Yes, please!
Bacon in a cupcake? Yes, please!

The Essential Ingredients:

To make these Mocha Bacon Cupcakes, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of hot brewed coffee
  • 12 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled into small pieces

Optional Ingredients for Extra Flavor:

If you want to take your cupcakes to the next level and add some extra flavor, you can include the following optional ingredients into your recipe:

  • Dark chocolate: For a rich and intense chocolate flavor, use dark chocolate instead of regular cocoa powder. You can chop the chocolate into small chunks or melt it before mixing it into the batter.
  • Bourbon or Whiskey: Add a splash of bourbon or whiskey to the batter for a boozy kick that complements the smoky bacon flavor.
  • Maple Syrup: For a touch of sweetness and flavor that pairs perfectly with bacon, add some maple syrup to the batter or use it in your frosting.
  • Candied Bacon: For an extra special garnish that will impress your guests, make candied bacon by coating cooked bacon in brown sugar and baking until crispy.

With these ingredients at hand, you’ll be ready to create some unforgettable Mocha Bacon Cupcakes that will delight your taste buds!

The Recipe How-To

 These cupcakes take your taste buds on a rollercoaster ride.
These cupcakes take your taste buds on a rollercoaster ride.

Now it’s time to get down and dirty and make these mocha bacon cupcakes. Are you ready for the challenge? Don’t worry; it’s not as hard as it sounds. Just follow these easy steps, and you will have a batch of delicious chocolate and bacon goodness in no time.

Preheat Your Oven to 375 degrees

First things first, let’s preheat our oven to 375 degrees.

Combine Your Dry Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and a pinch of sea salt.

Beat Your Wet Ingredients and Sugar

Take another mixing bowl and beat together 1 stick of melted butter (or oil), 3/4 cups of brown sugar, and 2 eggs until combined. Then add 1 cup of hot coffee to the bowl and mix again.

Mix Your Dry and Wet Ingredients Together

Slowly mix your dry ingredients with your wet ingredients until they are just barely combined. You don’t want to overmix the batter or your cupcakes will become dense.

Add the Bacon Pieces

Cook 12 slices of bacon until they are crispy. Cut them into small pieces and then fold them into the batter.

Scoop into Muffin Trays

Scoop the batter into muffin trays that have been lined with paper liners. Fill each liner about 3/4 full.

Bake Your Cupcakes

Bake your cupcakes for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Make a Maple Frosting Topping

Meanwhile, make a delicious maple frosting by mixing together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1/4 cup of softened butter, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream.

Frost Your Cupcakes and Add Candied Bacon

When the cupcakes have cooled down, use a piping bag to frost each cupcake with your maple frosting. Finally, top each cupcake with a piece of candied bacon for that extra maple bacon goodness.

Congratulations! You’ve made yourself some mocha bacon cupcakes, a flavorful treat that is sure to impress your friends and family.

Substitutions and Variations

 A match made in heaven: chocolate, coffee, and bacon.
A match made in heaven: chocolate, coffee, and bacon.

If you’re looking for some substitutions and variations to make these mocha bacon cupcakes more unique and customized, here are some recommendations that I’ve tried and tested.

– Candied Bacon: Instead of using regular bacon, try using candied bacon for an extra sweet and salty taste. To do this, glaze the cooked bacon with a mixture of maple syrup, brown sugar, and sea salt before baking in the oven.

– Chocolate Bourbon Maple Frosting: You can swap out the maple frosting with a chocolate bourbon maple frosting for a boozy twist on this recipe. You’ll need to melt dark chocolate and whisk together with bourbon, maple syrup, and powdered sugar until it forms a smooth consistency.

– Salted Caramel Frosting: For an even sweeter option, switch out the maple frosting for a delicious salted caramel frosting. You’ll need to heat up sugar until it turns into a caramel color, adding in butter and cream before whisking into powdered sugar and sea salt.

– Coffee Whiskey Cupcakes: Swap out the chocolate mix for a coffee-flavored cake mix and add in some whiskey for a bold flavor combination. These cupcakes will balance the bitter and sweet elements perfectly.

– Chocolate Chip Cupcake: For an even more decadent treat, try adding in some chopped dark chocolate pieces into the batter before mixing together. The little bits of chocolate will add an extra richness to your already chocolaty cupcakes.

Remember that this recipe can be altered based on ingredients you already have at home, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

Serving and Pairing

 Warning: These cupcakes may cause addiction.
Warning: These cupcakes may cause addiction.

When it comes to serving these mocha bacon cupcakes, there are a few options that will undoubtedly make your taste buds sing.

First and foremost, I would recommend serving the cupcakes fresh out of the oven when they’re at their warmest and most decadent state. The gooey texture of the chocolate and the savoury crunch of the bacon will harmonize in your mouth to create a truly heavenly flavour explosion.

For an extra level of indulgence, you can top off each cupcake with a generous dollop of salted caramel frosting. The sweet and salty combination of the frosting perfectly complements the bittersweet taste of the chocolate and coffee.

If you’re looking to pair these cupcakes with a beverage, there are numerous options that pair well with their rich flavours. A cup of freshly brewed black coffee would make for an ideal pairing as it would complement the coffee flavours in the cupcakes. If you prefer something on the sweeter side, a steaming cup of hot chocolate is sure to do the trick.

Lastly, these mocha bacon cupcakes are perfect for any occasion from intimate gatherings to large events. Whether you’re hosting a brunch, baby shower or simply having your friends over for some tea, these cupcakes are always a crowd-pleaser!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Feeling adventurous? Give these Mocha Bacon Cupcakes a try.
Feeling adventurous? Give these Mocha Bacon Cupcakes a try.

When it comes to mocha bacon cupcakes, you’ll want to start planning ahead if you want to save some time on baking day. Thankfully, this versatile recipe lends itself well to make-ahead and storing.

If you’re hosting a party or need to prepare for an event, you can bake the cupcakes up to two days in advance. Allow them to cool completely before sealing in an airtight container and storing in the refrigerator. However, do not frost them until right before serving.

These cupcakes also freeze well, so feel free to make a big batch and have some on hand whenever you crave something sweet and salty. Wrap each cupcake individually with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store in a freezer-safe zip-top bag or container for up to three months.

When reheating the cupcakes, bring them back to room temperature before unwrapping and letting them sit at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 275°F/135°C while you wait. Place the cupcakes in the oven for about 5 minutes, then remove them when they’re warm but not hot.

Lastly, taking proper care when reheating the cupcakes will help preserve their freshness and texture. A little attention goes a long way toward ensuring that these delicious treats stay as moist, fluffy and delectable as when they were first baked!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Sweet, salty, and chocolatey - a flavor trifecta.
Sweet, salty, and chocolatey – a flavor trifecta.

Having the right equipment, techniques, and ingredients can make or break your perfect Mocha Bacon Cupcakes Recipe. As an experienced barista, here are some of my go-to tips for creating the most delectable Mocha Bacon Cupcakes that will leave a lasting impression on everyone who tastes it.

1. Don’t Overmix

While mixing the batter properly is crucial to any recipe, it’s important not to overdo it. Your cupcakes will come out heavy and dense if you mix the ingredients too much. To avoid this, use a wooden spoon or spatula and combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until just combined.

2. Use Quality Ingredients

The quality of your ingredients truly does matter when it comes to baking. Use good quality cocoa powder, all-purpose flour, coffee grounds, and sea salt to ensure your cupcakes’ flavor is at its best. For this specific recipe, I recommend using dark chocolate bacon to elevate the flavor profile.

3. Measure Accurately

For baking recipes, precise measuring is essential. Make sure you’re using the correct measuring cups and spoons as stated in the recipe to get optimal results.

4. Preheat Your Oven Properly

Preheating your oven before you bake your cupcakes ensures that they will cook evenly throughout and makes for a better final product. This step is important and should not be skipped.

5. Experiment with Frostings

While this recipe includes a delicious maple frosting recipe within its instructions, don’t hesitate to experiment with different frostings or even toppings. Chocolate bourbon maple or salted caramel frosting would make a great alternative while candied bacon could also be utilized as a topping for an extra crunch.

By following these simple but effective tips, you’ll end up with tender and flavorful Mocha Bacon Cupcakes that are sure to receive rave reviews at any gathering.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, I hope this recipe for mocha bacon cupcakes has inspired you to whip up something truly unique and delicious. Combining the rich and complex flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and maple bacon, these cupcakes are sure to impress anyone who tastes them. With a few simple substitutions or additions, you can easily customize this recipe to suit your own preferences or dietary needs.

So why not give it a try? Whether you’re looking for a fun and indulgent treat for yourself or a creative dessert to share with friends and family, these mocha bacon cupcakes are sure to be a hit. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to indulge in some seriously tasty cupcakes!

Mocha Bacon Cupcakes

Mocha Bacon Cupcakes Recipe

It's true, bacon makes everything better! These cupcakes are fab!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 130.2 kcal


Caramelized Bacon

  • 3 slices bacon (don't use thick cut)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/8 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup evaporated cane juice (can substitute white sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup coffee, cold and very strong
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled


  • To make the Caramelized Bacon:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil, or regular foil and spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Put brown sugar into a large flat dish.
  • Press each side of each bacon strip into the sugar and lay it on the foiled baking sheet.
  • Bake until each strip is brown, crispy and glazed, then turn them over once.
  • Watch carefully - the sugar coating will burn quickly.
  • Remove from oven when both sides are done.
  • To make the Cupcakes:
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grease your cupcake tins or line with papers.
  • Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the oil and sugar. Mix until smooth.
  • Add the egg and mix until well blended.
  • Mix the buttermilk and coffee together in a small container.
  • Alternate mixing the coffee mix and the flour mix into the oil/sugar mix until all are blended together and the batter is smooth.
  • Stir in the crumbled bacon, mix well.
  • Spoon into cupcake tins, do not fill tin more than 1/2 full.
  • Bake until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched - about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Place pan on a wire rack to cool.
  • Ice with your favorite chocolate icing and garnish with pieces of caramelized bacon.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 51gCalories: 130.2kcalCarbohydrates: 14.6gProtein: 3gFat: 7.3gSaturated Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 18.6mgSodium: 220.7mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 5g
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