The “Candied Droolius” – YumYum Red Velvet Cupcake w/ candied Big Wheel Bacon

A few months ago I was contacted by the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck about doing a collaboration on a cupcake. Basically I would give them a few ideas for a cupcake and they would create one. I’ve always wanted to create my own cupcake with a bake shop, and this was the perfect opportunity. I let them know the Droolius blog anniversary was coming up in August and we all agreed it would be the perfect time to release a cupcake in honor of the 2-year Anniversary.


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When I thought of flavor combinations that I liked, I suggested “strawberry with coconut shavings”, vietnamese coffee, matcha green tea, “peanut butter and jelly”. Those were possible contenders for a “Droolius Cupcake”, but those didn’t really push creativity. I wanted something that screams “DROOLIUS” and is more of a signature flavor combo, so I thought BACON. Not sure if Yum Yum would even consider doing another cupcake with bacon (which they made one last Fall), but I went ahead and pitched them on the idea of making something similar to my Red Velvet Donut with Candied Bacon recipe. Maybe add a cream cheese or maple frosting on top with a sprinkle of candied bacon. Yum Yum’s reply was: “I think that if you want candied bacon, then you should get candied bacon!”

Well that is just awesome! The Yum Yum team did not disappoint either. They decided to enlist the help of a fellow food truck that makes their own bacon, Big Wheel Truck. So in every cupcake not only do you get a taste of Yum Yum, you get a taste of Big Wheel’s hand crafted bacon too.


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Here’s the details of the Candied Droolius cupcake, straight from Yum Yum Cupcake Truck:

“A Yum Yum version of a “Droolius Remixed” Classic Red Velvet Cake. The cake batter is mixed with Big Wheel Bacon Fat. The cupcake uses Big Wheel Bacon that has been Candied and baked in the Yum Yum Cucina. Some of the Candied bacon is folded into Classic Yum Yum Creamed Cheese frosting and remixed as the filling. For an added Droolius touch; we used the Droolius Donut Glaze Recipe that was offered in his Red Velvet Bacon Donut Recipe. Candied bacon is generously added to the top of the glaze to showcase this one-of-a-kind cupcake.”


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I was gifted a dozen of these bad boys last weekend, in celebration of my birthday and the blog’s 2-year Anniversary. The taste of this cupcake is amazing! I’m not exaggerating either. A few of my friends & family who have tasted, along with the Yum Yum staff, all agree that this is one great cupcake. When you bite into the cupcake, you inhale the scent and get a taste of the sugary candied bacon, right before you break through the crisp donut glaze. Donut glaze on a cupcake is brilliant! Something I did not expect them to do because I envisioned a cream cheese or maple frosting. I think the glaze was a better idea, highlighting the candied Big Wheel bacon and not covering it up by adding another flavor profile.

The cupcake itself is light in texture, with the Big Wheel Bacon Fat adding a touch of savoriness. When you hit the middle, you get a taste of creamed cheese filling with bits of candied bacon mixed in as well. The gentle smokiness of the bacon really balances everything out and overall the cupcake is not too sweet. The Big Wheel Truck’s bacon was a great match in this recipe to be candied and Yum Yum Truck did a great job of utilizing their house made bacon. This makes me really happy and proud that these food trucks worked together again to make a really special product and I’m honored to collaborate with them for the anniversary. The cupcake is just an overall balanced flavor of savory and sweet, along with its creamy filling and crisp textures from candied bacon and glaze.


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So where can you get this magnificent cupcake creation? The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck will be selling the Candied Droolius at only a few select Food Truck Events during the remainder of August.

• NEXT Tuesday at Tasty Tuesdays, August 21, 2012 from 630-10pm
• Following week on Wednesday, at Maitland’s Lake Lily, August 29, 2012 from 6-9pm
Aug. 29 date is POSTPONED, I will announce the new date when I find out.

*** UPDATE: Available Wednesday September 12, 2012 from 6-9pm at the Maitland Food Pod in Lake Lily Park!

Make sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook to find their cupcake truck and for any updates.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Yum Yum team for making an awesome one-of-a-kind cupcake and mad props to Big Wheel Truck for making some great bacon! I hope they will put this cupcake in rotation a few times in the future. If you really want to try it, just hit up Yum Yum Cupcake Truck and let them know! After you get a taste of the “Candied Droolius”, leave a comment below and let me know what you think…

Yum Yum Cupcake Truck

Big Wheel Mobile Truck

Words and photos by Julius Mayo Jr.
All content and photos © 2012

Disclaimer: I was given a dozen cupcakes as a gift for the blog’s anniversary. This is not a sponsored post, nor am I compensated for the sale of these cupcakes. While this is not a sponsored post, I always like to give credit, where credit is due. No compensation was given to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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