The heat wave last week prevented a test recipe from becoming my reality, so as soon as the thermostat dipped below 20 degrees celsius the other day, I whipped out the chili oil, bacon and sea salt, and got busy!
I have seen lots of recipes calling for chili and chocolate, or bacon and chocolate, but I must say that I have not really come across one that called for all of them together except for this place (a rather original business concept). I don't dare say that I'm among the first ones to ever think of doing this, but I am positive that I am the first baker to do this, that I know of, in my kitchen. (For you, D$!)
The inspiration for this actually came from the night I attended a friend's house warming party. She had some bacon chocolate chip cookies sitting around and the thought of eating chocolate and bacon together puzzled me... until I tried it. The saltiness of the bacon and the chalky, sweet chocolate played twister in my mouth. Suddenly I saw a rainbow coloured piglet flying through Willy Wonka's factory... oh sorry, that was a dream I had last night, never mind. Anyway, the flavours worked so well together that I decided I had to work them into a cupcake.
With this less-than-usual combination of ingredients, I knew that I had to find more than just a handful of taste testers for this recipe, given that spicy cupcakes may not be as widely embraced as, say, a red velvet cupcake. Lucky for me, the tasting day turned out to be a 2-crew day at the Grumpster's place of work. In addition to that, I was also able to twist the rubber arms of some ex-colleagues and got myself a solid group of test subjects, I mean, Guinea Pigs. (Thank you everybody!)
At the end of the day, I think this recipe is a keeper. With a couple of tweaks, the boldness of the cayenne and the depth of the salty bacon could turn my plain old chocolate cupcakes into tasty new favourites!