Everyone eats bacon for breakfast. Bacon and eggs, bacon and pancakes, etc. It's normal. And bacon for lunch is pretty acceptable too--who doesn't love a BLT? The most important part of a BLT, of course, is that there's a lot of bacon. Appetizers involving bacon are pretty standard; people eat bacon-wrapped scallops at fancy parties, or bacon dips at non-fancy parties. And bacon is pretty normal in dinner, too. Lots of meatloafs have bacon wrapped around them. You can make bacon-wrapped chicken. You can crumble bacon and put it on a potato or a salad. My friend Dave once wrapped a piece of bacon around a slice of orange, just to prove a point. (He didn't prove it very well; apparently it was sorta gross.)
"Good old Cheery. She knew what a Vimes BLT was all about. It was about having to lift up quite a lot of crispy bacon before you found the miserable skulking vegetables. You might never notice them at all." --Terry Pratchett, THUD!
The problem, of course, is dessert. If we can have bacon everywhere else, why not in dessert? And I'm apparently not the only one who thinks so. So when I woke up one November morning to an email from Mike titled "
Anyway, the bacon came out perfectly, so I was excited about the rest of it. It made sense to cook the bacon first, see, so it could cool down and would be nice and crispy to break apart and put on the cupcakes. I got out my trusty KitchenAid (I'm not sure I could bake without one, seriously) and made the batter. I put the little paper things in the cupcake pan. I filled each one 2/3 full. And then I was a major. spastic. klutz. Somehow, between the counter and the oven, gravity disapproved of my desire for bacon cupcakes.
Fail. Complete and utter fail. This took forever to clean up, and I was worried about the fate of the rest of the batter--specifically, whether it would be enough to make a decent amount of cupcakes, since I'd spilled 12 cupcakes worth of batter and the recipe only said it made 18. Luckily for me, the recipe lied horribly--after spilling 12 cupcakes, I still ended up with 19.