Every year at the beach we have a birthday night. It started because one of our friend's birthdays tends to be that week but we decided we were ALL worthy of having our birthdays celebrated since we aren't able to get together the rest of the year. Really it may just be more of an excuse to party bigger. So ... birthday night gets planned and executed by me because I have a nearly 20 year history of fixing birthday cakes at this beach, in this kitchen. (*Brief history flashback - this is where I would turn to the camera and we'd do an awesome photo montage - we stay in a timeshare that belongs to my Dad. One of my brother's birthdays tended to also fall on a day we were at the beach and, because I am so awesome and my stepmother could boil water [though in that kitchen I couldn't blame her], I made his cakes. They rocked. They set me up for a groovy career path for a while. Someday ask me about the bikini cake.*)
Maple Bacon Stout Chocolate Cake
Ingredients:*1 Devil's Food box mix cake (ok, you know I don't normally use box mixes, but it is the beach and you already heard about the kitchen so give me a break, will ya?)
*10 slices bacon
*1/4 cup + 2 TB maple syrup (NO Mrs. Butterworth's!! Get the real stuff!!)
*1/2 cup oil
*1/2 cup water
*1/2 cup Southern Tier's Imperial Mokah Stout (also scored at Chip's Wine/Beer)
*One 16 ounce tub Duncan Hine's Creamy Homestyle Milk Chocolate icing (again, give me a break for not making it from scratch)
|Here's what you need.|
|See?? Even with my "from home" pan the bacon is trying to burn. Stupid beach burner.|
|Out of the oven & covered in icing!|
Here is the finished product, with the beer to go with it. The lady from Chip's Wine & Beer Market was right, you definitely want to eat and drink at the same time. If you have a piece of bacon in your mouth while you're drinking the beer all the better. The beer is REALLY smoky. Like "I think I might be drinking a campfire" smoky. But it was good, and it was awesome and how often are you going to get to have both of these???
The cake itself was awesome enough that I brought it down to the beach to share with our lifeguard friends. It isn't fair that they have six packs and great tans and get paid to sit on a beach all day, so I must tempt them with insanely delicious Maple Bacon cake.
|Lifeguard Ben approves!!|