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Kelly Cahoon


Yellow Layer Cake with Smoked Candied Bacon

Prep Time

45 Minutes

Cook Time

55 Minutes

Effort

Pellets

Apple

This cake is far from ordinary and tastes extraordinary. Moist Traeger-baked yellow cake is layered with creamy chocolate frosting and topped with candied bacon. It's a sweet & savory flavor celebration.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

6

Units of Measurement:

Cake

  • 1 Whole box yellow cake mix

  • 1 Whole box instant vanilla pudding

  • 1 Whole box instant white chocolate pudding mix

  • 4 Large eggs, room temperature

  • 1 Cup milk

  • 12 Tablespoon butter, melted

Candied Bacon

  • 1 Pound cold bacon, strips halved

  • 2 Tablespoon maple syrup

  • 3 Tablespoon brown sugar

Frosting

  • 2 Cup butter, room temperature

  • 4 Cup powdered sugar

  • 1 Cup cocoa powder

  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 3 Tablespoon milk

Steps

  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 350°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    Grill350 ˚F

  • 2

    To make the yellow cake, combine the dry ingredients in a stand mixer, then slowly add the eggs, milk and butter. Mix until smooth.

    Ingredients

    • 1 Whole box yellow cake mix

    • 1 Whole box instant vanilla pudding

    • 1 Whole box instant white chocolate pudding mix

    • 4 Large eggs, room temperature

    • 1 Cup milk

    • 12 Tablespoon butter, melted

  • 3

    Spray three 7-inch round pans with nonstick spray and divide the batter equally. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until cakes are golden and cooked through. Cool completely.

    Grill350 ˚F

  • 4

    While the cakes cool, increase the Traeger temperature to 375°F and make the candied bacon. Combine bacon, syrup and sugar in a big bowl and stir until bacon is well coated. Place bacon strips directly on the grill and cook for 25 minutes until bacon is cooked through. Let cool completely on a cooling rack before chopping most of it into small pieces and leaving a few longer pieces for garnish.

    Grill375 ˚F

    Ingredients

    • 1 Pound cold bacon, strips halved

    • 2 Tablespoon maple syrup

    • 3 Tablespoon brown sugar

  • 5

    For the frosting, combine butter and sugar, and mix until fluffy. Add cocoa and vanilla, and mix an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

    Ingredients

    • 2 Cup butter, room temperature

    • 4 Cup powdered sugar

    • 1 Cup cocoa powder

    • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

    • 3 Tablespoon milk

  • 6

    Frost the first layer of cake and add chopped candied bacon. Stack the second layer and add more frosting and bacon. Finish with the last layer and cover the entire cake in a thin layer of frosting. Refrigerate for 30 minutes then add a second layer of frosting.
  • 7

    Garnish with chopped candied bacon halfway up the side of the cake and lay full strips on top. Enjoy!