Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chipotle Chocolate Cake!!!

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A man’s dream come true (or woman’s)! Oh yes, we did throw all of the rules out the window on this one! This moist cake is coupled perfectly with just enough spicy, just enough sweet, and some wonderfully smokey bacon, you won’t want to stop eating it! Don’t be discouraged by the heat, this is not spicy at all. I normally do not like spicy and savory in my desserts. ‘Give me more sugar!’ I usually say, but today I can totally make an exception! Which my husband loves, because he suffers from a culinary disease I like to call ‘Con-fusion.’ Meaning, the often mistaken fusion of flavors that should not be placed together :) Well honey this one’s for you! (And me, and all of you… so so good!)

We recently made our Strawberry Chipotle Jam, but desperately needed a vehicle with which to eat it. And boy, let me tell you, what we came up with is ridiculous. I mean it really shouldn’t be allowed to exist! It’s not spicy at all. One bite, and you’ll taste the moist -yet light- chocolate cake with a hint of cinnamon. Then you’ll experience the slight tingle of chipotle, quickly balanced by the strawberry and chocolate from the sauce. And last you’ll tickle your taste buds with the smokey bacon that adds the slightest hint of salt bringing out the sweet and spicy lingering flavors still present on your tongue. Oh my, this experience can really only be matched by a handful of the greatest days in your life… Ahaha, alright I’m exaggerating a little, but seriously the flavors here are incredible! This was the perfect early father’s day treat for my Dad, who had 2 pieces of cake and asked for 3 times the amount of bacon suggested for each of his pieces -I think he liked it. And I think you will too, so here it is:

Bacon Chipotle Chocolate Cake

This Texas Sheet Cake is amazing by itself, topped with buttercream frosting and shredded coconut, or lovingly cut out and drizzled with chocolate strawberry chipotle sauce and bacon! (I’m feeling like a mad scientist now, bwahaha!)

Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Water
1/4 Cup plus 2 Tbs. Dark Cocoa
2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 eggs (beaten)
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Prepare the Sheet Cake as follows. See toppings recipes and suggestions below.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a microwave safe large mixing bowl, or a large pot over medium heat combine the water, butter, and cocoa together until melted and completely combined, you do not have to boil. Remove from heat.
3. In a separate bowl combine the sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon thoroughly. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the warm cocoa mixture making sure to break up any lumps.
4. In another bowl beat the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla together. Then stir this into your batter.
5. Spray a jelly roll pan or a couple of large cake sheets and fill (for cake pans fill just over an inch high), leaving about an inch to rise. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted the middle pulls out clean. Let cool in pan while you prepare the topping of your choice!

Strawberry-Chipotle Chocolate Sauce

1/2 CupĀ Strawberry Chipotle Jam (could use strawberry or raspberry jam as well)
4 tsp. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Bacon for Topping

6-8 Strips of Bacon (pan or oven fried till crisp)

While the cake is cooling, microwave the jam and chocolate chips together in 30 second increments stirring until smooth. Break the Bacon into 2 inch pieces. Then we used a circle cookie cutter to make cake rounds once the cake is completely cooled. You can cut the cake however you like. We topped the cake with sauce and pressed the bacon into the center and served.

Tip: This sheet cake recipe will make a lot of cake! We had nearly half of the cake left over the next day. So if you’re not in the mood for all of that intense flavor, try something a bit more simple. We cut the cake into large rectangles and frosted butter cream frosting and a sprinkling of coconut in between the layers as we stacked the rectangles together to create a large towering cake. That was sweet and rich -a completely different flavor than before.

Mel crushed some Oreos over the top of this cake to add some color, it was a great dessert for her party!

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  1. Ok, I admit, the flavour combination does sound weird! But I shouldn’t judge what I haven’t tried! I’ll pin it to try myself sometime!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    • This is one you can’t judge by its cover. My entire family LOVED it and we have one that doesn’t like chocolate cake, one that doesn’t like spicy, and all of us were unsure of the bacon until we tried it. These flavors just sing together :)

  2. Wow, that sounds so good!

    • Thanks Dorothy! It really is tasty.

  3. I’ve made Chocolate bacon cupcake a few times. Although I was kind of scared at first. I LOVED them & they were a big hit. I love that this recipe has a bit of heat added. I would be trilled if you shared this at my link party Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday

    • Thanks Dawn! I linked up!

  4. Incredible! So daring and so delish! Please link up to Foodie Friday! Can’t wait to see you!

  5. I’m pinning for the next time I am feeling adventurous.

    • Thanks Tara! I hope you try it out sometime, if only just the cake, so yummy!

  6. I love spicy chocolate! I love bacon in desserts! This is just perfect!

    • Haha, Thanks! It really was an awesome combinations of flavors. Sadly, I can’t think of a way to make bacon healthy, just moderation right?! :)

  7. Linked in from Positively Splendid,THANK YOU! This goes on the bookmarks of first season of my garden-goodies-to-do list!

  8. I’m glad you shared on SweetTalkin’ Sunday. I will pin as a recipe I would like to try! One rainy day may just be the time. It all sounds kinda crazy mixed together but most of the time those turn out being the best!

    • They really do go great together. But if you’re not feeling too adventurous just make the awesome cake! :)

  9. Wow, that really looks delicious. Also loved what you did with the leftover cake. That with Oreos… yummy.

  10. Be still my heart! Chocolate and bacon = awesome!

    • Haha, Thanks!

  11. I’ve not had choccy and bacon together, that sounds delicious am willing to give it a try!

    • It was my first time having the 2 together too, but they just went together so wonderfully. I hope you try it!

  12. How could this be anything but amazing It has all the good flavors in it. Plus the ever alluring sweet/salty combo!! Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

  13. Never had chocolate and bacon, but this recipe looks delicious! We are so glad you joined our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

  14. I love this flavor combination! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  15. How unique! I’ve heard of bacon cookies, but not bacon on a cake. Wow! I’m featuring you this week for Friday Favorites!

  16. I’m excited to be featuring this recipe as well over at Addicted to Recipes! Congratulations! and THANK YOU!

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