People like to say that the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. And while I most definitely agree, I also like to say it’s the most wonderful time for our mouths! It’s nearly impossible to go through the holiday season without thinking about and eating deliciously sweet desserts.
These Bacon Gingerbread Sponge Cakes help prove the point about mouths having a good time during this season, too. These light, airy cakes are filled with smoke, maple, and ginger flavors that will have your tongue wishing the season will never end. Loaded up with tons of yummy bacon, these sponge cakes are sure to please all of your family and friends! So don’t wait any longer and get bacon! … and bakin’!
Preheat oven to 350F. Place cupcake papers in 12 cupcakes slots.
In a stand mixer, whisk yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, and brown sugar in large bowl until mixture falls in heavy ribbon, about 5 minutes. Add in melted butter, molasses and vanilla until incorporated then sift the flour, baking powder, spices and salt over yolk mixture. Fold in gently, then Fold in the bacon bits. Using clean dry beaters, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and whisk until stiff, but not dry. Fold the egg white mixture into yolk mixture in 3 additions until well combined.
Fill each cupcake paper 3/4 full with the sponge cake batter, about 1/4 cup each. If you have extra, you can fill more cupcake wrappers.
Bake cake until tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 15 or 20 minutes. Let them cool for 5 minutes, then remove the cakes from the tray. Remember, these are sponge cakes so they will deflate a bit as they cool. That is normal.
While the sponge cakes are cooling, beat together the whipping cream, greek yogurt, powdered sugar, brown sugar and maple syrup in a bowl until smooth. Fold in the bacon bits. Once the cakes are cool, pipe on the frosting how ever you\'d like. Enjoy or as or top each sponge cake with any extra bacon you may have!