Banana cupcakes with fluffy peanut butter frosting topped with bits of bacon, “you can’t help falling in love” with these Elvis Cupcakes!
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What would inspire me to make Elvis Cupcakes? What would inspire me to put bacon on my cupcakes? Both good questions. 🙂 “Suspicious Minds” want to know, I’m sure.
I know mixing salty sweet is all the rage, but, that is not where this inspiration came from. Nope, this was inspired from my book club.
You know I love these people, if you’ve read any of my other book club posts, you know how much I love these ladies and their creativity never ceases to amaze me.
So, the book: The Rosie Project
Here’s a synopsis from Amazon~
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
The Rosie Project was a fun, quirky and easy read. The lightness and humor was perfect around the holidays when we read it. It also makes a great beach read!
But you’re still probably wondering what the heck this has to do with Elvis Cupcakes. Well, one of the characters kind of has a thing for cupcakes. Our gracious host spoiled us rotten with a plethora of fabulous cupcake flavors that she bought at a local store.
Going along with the theme, check out the cute napkins, beakers and test tubes. It was so perfect for Don’s character!
As you probably figured out, The Elvis Presley cupcake was one of the many we tried. Since it had us “All Shook Up”, I thought I’d try to re-create that one at home. Plus, I LOVE peanut butter, and I thought the kids would get a kick out of having bacon on their cupcakes.
You may think this cupcake is the “Devil in Disguise”, but I’m here to tell you, it’s just a “Big Hunk O’ Love”
What are you waiting for? Let’s make these… “It’s Now or Never”!
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup mashed bananas about 3
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
Peanut Butter Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup all natural peanut butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbled
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon, set aside.
- combine sugar, mashed bananas and applesauce, stir well.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients, and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Do not over stir.
- Spoon batter into cupcake wells, fill about 2/3 of the way. See notes for my favorite muffin pan! A regular muffin tin will need to be greased, or cupcake liners will be needed.
- Bake for 8 minutes at 425. Then reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 15-20 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean when finished.
- Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.
- Cream together the butter and sugar in a stand mixer.
- Add peanut butter and salt and mix on high until well blended. If frosting is too thick, add milk or cream 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency
- Frost fully cooled cupcakes. Garnish with crumbled bacon. Enjoy!
What are YOU reading lately? Leave me a comment or email me, I’m always looking for more books to read!
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