April 15, 2011

Cupcakes with Salted Carmel Buttercream, Bacon Praline

Does anyone else use baking in lieu of therapy? Or as stress relief? And I'm not just talking about the part where you eat a bunch of sugar and butter to feel better.

But I've found the act of baking- following a recipe and meticulously (sometimes ::cough::) measuring ingredients takes my mind off of a bad day. Or a series of unfortunate events, if you will.

So when I'd had a few bumps along the road one morning, I decided I'd make a batch of the trendiest baked goods I could muster. Cupcakes to start. Salted caramel in the frosting. Bacon praline on top.


I used Joy the Baker's recipe for Brown Sugar Cupcakes (side note: I love Joy the Baker, check her out; she's fun and lives in California with a cute cat).

Give Me Some Oven provided the recipe for the Salted Caramel Buttercream frosting, and Alton Brown the recipe for the bacon praline.

I apologize in advance for introducing these things into your life. They might take over. But sometimes you just need to retreat from life into the kitchen and let the trends guide you.

Do it. I won't judge.