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Dear Cakehead: Help me get the pig into my cake

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Dear Cakehead,

What cake would taste best garnished with bacon?


Dear Mira,

Pairing salty and sweet edibles is one of our favorite activities. To tackle this particular challenge was a special delight since we can think of little that we like to eat more than bacon and cake.

Salivating, we hit our test kitchen. We were pretty certain that chocolate cake would overpower the bacon, but afraid we might miss out on a surprising combination, we decided to give the flavor a chance. Sadly, we were correct. We want the salty fat rind of the bacon to cut through the sweetness. But instead the chocolate flavor was focus.

We whipped up a batch of old fashion yellow cake. Sprinkled with bacon, the cake didn't overpower, but was too sweet and left us very thirsty.

Carrot cake was too busy with the bacon. So finally, we tried a red velvet cake recipe (if you use this recipe replace the pecans with crumbled bacon). Not only was the combination absolute perfection, but we like how the red of the cake references the red of the bacon meat and the cream cheese frosting punctuates the crunchy fat of the bacon. We whipped up a big batch of itty-bitty cupcakes and called them bacon bitty cakes.

Give it a try and let us know what you think.

In case your tastes differ from ours, hereere are some links to others who discovered the magic of bacon cake:

Tender Lovemaking (okay, so the name of the blog makes us a little queasy, but they do like bacon cake)

Miss Ginsu likes the chocolate cake with bacon crumble combo.

Jews for Bacon's recipe for chocolate stout bacon cake turns a traif cake into something that's not even Kosher for the gentile gang.



I've always been particularly fond of cheesecake with bacon. Especially if you use a nice, thick dry-rubbed bacon. For extra frills, drip it in dark chocolate first. Absolute bliss. I nearly cried the first time I had it.

This is driving me crazy - and short of looking through my entire library I can't give you the reference (will write again if it comes to me)- but anyway -

There is some novel where a little girl tells her mother that the Barbie doll is making dinner for Ken and it is "chocolate cake with raisins and bacon" - I think they are meant to be two separate things but i assumed when I read it that it was all one dish...thought of this when I read your post. Damn it, i wish I could remember what book it is from, sorry! :)

Was it the Women's Room by Marilyn French? Don't think that I have magical powers or an encyclopedic mind. I just typed "chocolate cake with raisins and bacon" into google books. I love literary references to bacon & cake! Thanks!

We finally did it 6 months later

Not the typical Kosher cake, lol.

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