When I was a young girl Momma was quite the crafter- she rented space at the local Penny Saver boutique, hosted a booth at the annual Fall Harvest Festival, and insisted on making nearly every family gift our family gave out straight through my elementary years. But we lived in a small space and, between cooking and creating, there was no room for lingering mess. When one project was put on hold or completed, it was promptly cleaned up. And so I quickly began associating the natural balance of things; bake a cake; spend time scrubbing bundt pans, paint ceramics, spend time scrubbing paint stains out of brushes and water cups. And boy did Momma ever spent mountains of time hunting for the best dishwasher detergent to help clean it all.
And that's precisely why I stopped into my local Walmart on the way home from the thrift store, to stack amazing #SparklySavings printable coupons with the current Rollback pricing on my favorite Finish detergent and dishwasher cleaner. When I got home I places all of my elements in the dishwasher and placed my settings on 'high temperature wash,' what little residue remained from wax or crayon easily wiped away after the steam and cleansing of a single wash. In fact, that stubborn or wax just popped right off my secondhand candle holders! All that was left was to spray a few key plates and holders, cover with a food safe clear coat, and epoxy the finished pieces together for a colorful display of upcycled cake holders that only lacked one thing- something delicious to display!
With a generous amount of maple in the frosting, and the sweet but chewy pieces of toffeed bacon on top, the savory dark cocoa cake with baked bacon inside is an epicurean treat everyone should try. It is surprisingly decadent in flavor, not sugar, and the sweet salty undertones of the creamy maple frosting remain the most classical cake element in this recipe. So, armed with the knowledge I could tackle any mess, I reached for the one thing that could make this cake better and poured a river of amber syrup across my room temperature slice. There was organic maple syrup on my fingertips, fork, and fine china by the time I was through-but I didn't sweat the 'hard part' at all- clean up is a thing of the past. If it fits, it's going in the dishwasher, folks!
What's one example of a creative recipe or project you love to do that makes a big mess?
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**Click here for printable Maple Bacon Cake recipe.
3/4 C Dark Chocolate Cocoa (Dutch Processed)
3/4 C Hot Water, or Black Coffee
3 C All Purpose Flour
1 TSP Baking Soda
1 TSP Baking Powder
1 1/2 TSP Himalayan Salt (Ground)
3 Sticks Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter
1 1/2 C Baker's Sugar
3/4 C Golden Brown Sugar
4 Large Eggs, Room Temperature
1 TBS + 1 TSP Mexican Vanilla Extract
1 C Sour Cream Room Temperature
3/4 C Baked Bacon, Chopped
2 Sticks Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter, Room Temperature
2 TSP Mexican Vanilla Extract
1 LB Powdered Sugar
1/3 C Pure Organic Maple Syrup, More For Drizzle
1 TSP Himalayan Pink Salt, Ground
Preheat Oven To 350F
1. Prepare and flour 2 9" Springform pans. Whisk together cocoa and hot water/coffee until even in consistency. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
2. Melt butter with sugars in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer beat until mixture is cooled, 4-5 minutes.
3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating in between to ensure evenly combined. Add vanilla, then cocoa mixture, and beat until just combined. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in parts, alternating with sour cream.
4. When mixture is evenly combined remove from mixer and gently fold in chopped bacon.
5. Bake about 25-30 minutes at 350F, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool layers entirely prior to frosting.
6. To prepare frosting; cream the butter in a bowl of a stand mixer. Once butter has reached a fluffy cream consistency add salt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Combine well. Begin adding powdered sugar until all is combined. Taste and add additional maple syrup or salt as desired.
7. Frost both layers and assemble, topping with crumbled bacon (***candied bacon preferred.) Serve room temperature with a splash of maple syrup.
**To candy bacon cook brown sugar coated bacon strips on a lined baking sheet (with minimum 1/2" depth to catch grease) for 15-18MINS.