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.
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Maple Bacon Cupcakes
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (¼ set aside for topping)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- ⅓ cup milk, room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- .25 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¼ cup cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon 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 on a baking sheet for about 8-10 minutes at 400° F. Let it cool on a paper towel-lined plate and then crumble.
- Lower the oven temperature to 350°F and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
- In a large bowl bowl, cream butter and then add sugar until mixture is fluffy.
- Add eggs and mix well. Add about ½ the dry mixture from the small bowl, add milk, and then add the rest of the dry mixture.
- Add vanilla and maple syrup and mix until well combined. Stir in ¾ of your prepared bacon to distribute throughout batter.
- Fill each muffin cup ¾-2/3 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 cooking racks to completely cool.
- While cupcakes are cooling, prepare frosting in large bowl by beating together butter and cream cheese.
- Add maple syrup and cinnamon and mix well. Now add powdered sugar and whip until well-combined at a medium-high setting.
- 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.