Maple Bacon Cupcakes

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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.

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes

5 from 1 vote
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)!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes






  • 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 (125 g) all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    Pinch salt
  • In a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer (aff link), cream butter on high speed. Add sugar and beat again until mixture is combined and fluffy.  
    1/2 cup (113 ½ g) unsalted butter
    1 cup (200 g) 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 egg
    1/3 cup (81 ⅓ g) 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 (1 ½ teaspoons) pure vanilla extract
    2 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 (aff link) 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 (56 ¾ g) unsalted butter
    1/4 cup (56 ¾ g) 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 syrup
    1/2 teaspoon (½ teaspoon) ground cinnamon
    1 1/2 cups (180 g) 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!


Storage: Keep covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 449IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe created by Leslie Kiszka


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  1. Made these this morning, only adjustment was a pinch of cinnamon in the cupcake batter. They were delicious! Very much worth the effort.