Bacon and Beer Cupcakes

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Makes about 21 cupcakes
• 1 box Butter Cake Mix
• 1 bottle of beer (12 ounces, preferably an IPA), reserve 1/4 cup for
frosting
• 2 eggs
• 12 strips of bacon
• 1/4 cup sugar brown sugar
• 1 cup salted butter, softened (2 sticks)
• 1 box powdered sugar (1 pound)
• 1/4 cup beer
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake or muffing pan with 24 cupcake liners. Add cake mix, beer, and eggs to a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer according to package directions. Fill cupcake liners three-quarters full with cake batter and bake according to package directions, generally 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

Bacon
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil. Lay bacon flat on parchment and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until crispy and browned. Set aside to cool completely.

Icing
Place softened butter in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar, beer, and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Finishing Touches
Spread frosting over the tops of cupcakes and top decoratively with candied bacon. YUM!