Vanilla cupcakes are dressed up with crumbled bacon and a hint of maple syrup, and topped with a maple buttercream frosting (and more bacon for good measure)! Try my no yeast maple bacon donuts next.
I’m not a big fan of maple. Syrup, candy, ice cream… just, no. Mostly because it reminds me of Canada… but aside from that, just not a huge fan.
I put it on waffles and pancakes, but even then I don’t use much. I do, however, love bacon. And I wanted to make some breakfast cupcakes because in my mind that justifies me eating baked goods in the morning.
But to be fair, I can justify just about anything for breakfast. It’s almost like a game for me.
I ran through some ideas related to eggs, waffles, pancakes (and I came up with a couple other ideas soon to come)… and I eventually landed back on bacon.
After some experimentation I discovered that bacon with a little bit of maple was just right.
Maple and bacon in the batter. Maple in the frosting, bacon on the top. Salty, sweet, bacon-y. You’re welcome.
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (1/4 set aside for topping)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- ⅓ cup milk, room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¼ cup cream cheese (block, not spread), room temperature
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Cook bacon however you prefer to make it nice and crispy - I like to bake it in the oven. Let it cool on a paper towel-lined plate and then crumble.4 slices bacon
- Lower the oven temperature to 350°F and line muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk to combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.1 cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powderPinch salt
- In a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer, cream butter on high speed. Add sugar and beat again until mixture is combined and fluffy.1/2 cup unsalted butter1 cup granulated sugar
- Add eggs and mix well. Add about 1/2 the dry mixture from the small bowl, add milk, and then add the rest of the dry mixture.1 egg1/3 cup milk
- Add vanilla and maple syrup and mix until well combined. Stir in 3/4 of your prepared bacon to distribute throughout batter.1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- Fill each muffin cup 3/4-2/3 full and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Tops of cupcakes should be just slightly light brown. A toothpick entered into the center should come out clean. Set on wire racks to cool completely.
- While cupcakes are cooling, prepare frosting in large bowl by beating together butter and cream cheese on high speed.1/4 cup unsalted butter1/4 cup cream cheese (block, not spread)
- Add maple syrup and cinnamon and mix well. Add powdered sugar and beat on medium-high speed until well-combined.2 tablespoons pure maple syrup1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
- Place frosting in fridge for about 15 minutes to let it firm up - the maple syrup causes it to lose a little bit of its fluffiness.
- Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and add crumbled bacon on top of each. Serve and enjoy!
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