6 slices bacon
1 cup flour
1/4 cup + 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (I used kosher)
1/2 cup cold, strong coffee
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Cook the bacon in whatever manner you prefer. I do mine in the oven. You'll want it to be quite done, as when it's cooled you need to crumble it.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease or spray a muffin tin (or use the paper/foil muffin cups).
Mix all the dry ingredients together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Stir until the mixture just comes together. Then, fold in about 3/4 of the bacon, reserving the rest for a garnish.
Drop the mixture into the muffin tins (you should get 12 muffins). Bake 14 to 19 minutes. The cupcakes will be quite shiny on top and you'll know they are done when you press the top lightly and it springs back.
Allow the cupcakes to cool and frost however you'd like. I used a chocolate ganache. Then garnish with the reserved bacon.