Chocolate Bacon Mini Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Icing

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Chocolate Bacon Mini Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Icing

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Written by ACP, Inc. Chef Sandy Gibilisco

The bacon trend has proven to be more than just a flash in a pan, and shows no sign of abating. In 2006, Iowa’s Bacon Board hosted the first Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival which sold out in minutes. In 2007, a trendy doughnut shop in Portland unveiled the maple bacon doughnut, while Wendy’s introduced the “Baconator.” In 2012, the National Pig Association of UK warned about an impending world shortage of bacon, sending bacon lovers into a panic, but it turned out to be a false alarm. In 2013, Ford unveiled a bacon wrapped Ford Fiesta car, customized with vinyl stickers of bacon strips, and the first International Bacon Film Festival was held in New York City.

Even in the midst of a growing health movement, some individuals aren’t as concerned about health and just want to eat food that tastes great. While this group of people tends to blend in with those who add real butter to their toast, bacon seems to be a symbol of freedom in the fight to eat what we want.

As the cost of beef soars, pork and bacon related products are in the mainstream of fast casual dining now more than ever.  Globally inspired, creative pork entrees are appearing as daily or limited specials at chain and “Mom and Pop” restaurants.

The addition of chopped, cooked bacon to a dark chocolate cake mix perfectly complements the flavor of rich chocolate, and creates the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Below is a recipe for 54 chocolate bacon mini cupcakes with Nutella cream icing. These little cakes bake in just six minutes in the MXP22 oven, while the icing can be made ahead of time and added just before serving; which allows for a quick and easy treat.

CHOCOLATE BACON CUPCAKES WITH NUTELLA CREAM ICING

 Cake Ingredients:

  • 12 slices of bacon
  • 1 Duncan Heinz chocolate cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 oz mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces mini semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1/3 cup nectar of the Gods (aka Nutella)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • ½ teas salt
  • 2 teas cocoa chile blend spice
  1. Preheat MXP22 oven to 355 degrees. Line mini muffin pans with mini baking cups.

(Each pan should be 30 mini cups)

2.  Cook the bacon:

Line sheet pan with parchment paper, place appropriate rack over parchment paper and place bacon strips on rack

3.  Place in 375 CONVECTION oven for 15 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

NOTE: Pre-cooked, purchased bacon works well.  Heat in microwave, with paper towel over bacon, until crisp. Crumble.

4.  While the bacon is cooling, combine cake mix, buttermilk, eggs, oil, vanilla, salt, cocoa chile powder. Beat at medium speed for 3-4 minutes.

5.  Fold in the bacon crumbles and mini chocolate chips. Spoon batter into baking cups. 1 heaping tablespoon per mini muffin.

6.  Bake for 6 minutes at the following settings:

6 minutes         20 % MW        0 % FAN         100% IR

7.  Remove from oven and cool in pan on wire rack

8.  While the cupcakes are cooling, start making the icing. Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, beat the butter and powdered sugar on low for 1 minute. Add the vanilla.

9.  Add the melted chocolate and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. It should appear very creamy.

10. Add the Nutella, heavy cream, and salt, then mix on medium to medium-high speed for about a minute.

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Eggs for Breakfast… and Dinner?

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Eggs for Breakfast… and Dinner?

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If there’s one thing that most people love to eat for breakfast, without regretfully feeling as though they’ve eaten enough to feed an army, it’s eggs. With a diverse list of preparation possibilities, you can’t go wrong as a chef when it comes to using this ingredient to attract and please customers.

There were 12.5 billion breakfast orders placed in 2013, a three percent increase from the previous year. While the craving for breakfast grows each day, restaurants are trying to keep up. Many quick service restaurants, such as Panera Bread or Bruegger’s Bagels, have specifically increased the availability of egg dishes by 20% in the last five years.

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Consumers have learned that an egg-filled breakfast is the answer to feeling full for a longer period of time, due to its protein content. Although, in previous years eggs have been pinned as a possible factor in increasing the risk of heart disease or stroke. But a recent study suggests that daily egg consumption will not affect such a risk. In fact, there are several ways that you can actually benefit from eating eggs besides keeping you full. For example, a recent 2014 study proved that frequent egg consumption can improve your reflexes. Click here to learn about other ways that eggs can improve your overall health.

Rather than craving this genre of food in the morning, it’s now developing at the end of the day as well. Food enthusiasts refer to this action as “brinner,” similar to the recognizable term, “brunch.” There seems to be no real science behind this concept; it comes down to the fact that people are starting to eat what they want, when they want it. But a simple bowl of cereal won’t make the cut, we’re talking about legitimate servings of scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes – whatever the heart, or stomach, desires.

Don’t worry, ACP is here to help amidst this rapidly growing culinary movement. Several of our products can be used for quickly producing a variety of egg dishes, such as omelets or breakfast sandwiches. You will see in this instructional video with ACP Food Application Scientist, Patty Reyes, that the RC30 can be used to prepare a freshly poached egg in just 50 seconds. Don’t have a RC30? Visit our website for more cooking guides using other ovens.

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Edward Don Expo

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Edward Don Expo

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ACP Regional Sales Manager, Tony Aguiar, and Food Application Scientist, Patty Reyes, attended the Edward Don Illinois Supplier Expo in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin this month. All sales representatives in the Midwest region attended the conference for training sessions.

At the conference, Tony and Patty entertained with a 50’s diner theme while promoting several higher wattage ovens, including the OnCue™ MOC24 model.

Jetwave™ Launch Meetings

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Jetwave™ Launch Meetings

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The Jet14 and Jet19 displayed with menus at the launch meetings in Dallas, Texas.

Launch meetings were held at the Yes Group in Minneapolis, Silver Eagle in Baltimore and Forbes, Hever and Wallace in Dallas this month to promote the redesigned Jetwave™: Jet14, Jet19, Jet14V and Jet19V models. New features of these models include USB port for programming flexibility, improved door design for reliability, lower surface temperatures for safe operation and an optional catalytic converter for certified ventless operation. ACP participants at the meetings included Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mary Potter, Vice President of Sales, Michael Aguirre, Director of Global Marketing, Ann Ewoldt, Chef Sandy Gibilisco, and Regional Sales Managers Tony Aguiar, Stan Hopkins, and Todd Barr.

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ACP Culinary Center Manager, Chef Sandy Gibilisco, demonstrates programming features on the new Jetwave models during a launch meeting in Dallas, Texas.

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ACP Regional Sales Manager and Chef, Tony Aguiar, presents the new Jetwave models during a launch meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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ACP Regional Sales Manager, Todd Barr assists Mary Lynch of Alpha Distributing with heating Panini sandwiches in the new Jetwave at the Baltimore meeting.

The JET models are available NOW! Contact your Regional Sales Manager for pricing and availability.