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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



  • 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
  • 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. 


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
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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