Bacon cake slices

Revisiting family favourites

I’ve been revisiting recipes that have been some of my old school recipes and family favourites that were our staples when we got started as clean eaters. I first posted this recipe in 2019, at that time, the kids were fussy, vegetables had to be hidden and disguised, and there was no potential for intense flavours or spice. 

Times (thankfully) have changed, the kids have grown (like man-sized grown), and they now enjoy a wide range of foods. Things like vegetables are enjoyed, spice and chilli are consumed without complaint, and new ingredients are tried without tantrums.

Who wants bacon? 

Bacon can make everything better, really it can. I love bacon, and for some reason, the mix of banana and bacon works really well. Add some chocolate into the mix, and you have a winner. 

Bacon cake slices, they may not sound good but trust me, they are amazing.

It shouldn’t work, but it does

Sweet and salty treats aren’t new; they have been around for a while. While sugar and salt sit on opposite ends of the flavour spectrum, they work well together just think all those foods you eat

  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Salted caramel
  • Pineapple and ham pizza
  • Chocolate milkshakes with French fries
  • Bacon and maple syrup

So why does it work?

Bro science alert!!!

Salt, when used correctly, doesn’t make things salty; it brings out the flavour of food. That is why you often see salt in the ingredients for a cake or cookies. We have evolved to be drawn to sweet foods, mainly because they are calorie, therefore, energy-rich. We are also designed to crave salty foods because sodium is an essential mineral for the human body.

A Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study proposes that tongues have additional sweetness receptors. These receptors trigger only when sugar is in the company of salt. So as contradictory as it seems, even just a sprinkle of salt on some fruit can make the fruit taste even sweeter.

All of that could explain why this cake tastes so good.

Bacon Cake Slices Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup 70% cocoa dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 10 slices of candied bacon, sliced
  • 1/2 cup banana icing

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C/ 375 degrees F

Line a square cake tin with baking paper or a silicone liner.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl beat together, maple syrup and vanilla.

Beat in the coconut flour then the melted butter.

Stir in the shredded coconut, six slices of candied bacon bits and chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the lined cake tin.

Smooth over the top with a spatula.

Bake the cake for 15 minutes or until the top of the cake is golden brown.

Remove the cake from the tin and place the cake on a cooling rack.

Allow the cake to cool completely before icing.

Sprinkle the remaining candied bacon over the icing.

Slice the cake into 24 squares

Bacon cake slices

  • Servings: 24
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Sweet and salty treats aren't new; they have been around for a while. This cake is the perfect mix of sweet and salty.



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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup 70% cocoa dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 10 slices of candied bacon, sliced
  • 1/2 cup banana icing

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C/ 375 degrees F
  2. Line a square cake tin with baking paper or a silicone liner.
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl beat together, maple syrup and vanilla.
  4. Beat in the coconut flour then the melted butter.
  5. Stir in the shredded coconut, six slices of candied bacon bits and chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the lined cake tin.
  7. Smooth over the top with a spatula.
  8. Bake the cake for 15 minutes or until the top of the cake is golden brown.
  9. Remove the cake from the tin and place the cake on a cooling rack.
  10. Allow the cake to cool completely before icing.
  11. Sprinkle the remaining candied bacon over the icing.
  12. Slice the cake into 24 squares

Nutrition

Per Serving: 157 calories; 10 g fat; 9 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Square cake tin
  • Baking paper or a silicone liner
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Knife
  • Chopping board

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.

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