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Saturday, February 5, 2011

maple bacon cupcakes

what happens when you buy bacon at costco?
you have a lot of bacon.

these maple bacon cupcakes are a delicious way to use up some of that bacon!

maple bacon cupcakes
adapted from

for cupcakes:
4 1/2 Tbs butter, room temperature
1/2 Tbs bacon drippings (left in the fridge to become solid)
1 egg
1/4 C + 1 Tbs brown sugar
1/4 C maple syrup
1 1/4 C self rising flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 C milk
1/4 C cooked & drained bacon, minced

1. preheat oven to 325 f. line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

2. beat together butter & bacon drippings until light and creamy. add the brown sugar & maple syrup & beat until well combined.

3. add the egg and beat until incorporated.

4. sift together the flour, salt, baking soda & powder.

5. add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture & mix well, then add 1/2 the milk & mix well. repeat until all the milk & flour are incorporated (make sure you end with the dry ingredients).

6. fold in the bacon. taste and add more syrup, flour, or milk if needed for desired taste. keep in mind the maple frosting is very sweet, & that maple syrup in large amounts can break a cake batter.
*i added another Tbs of milk & syrup, as my batter was very thick.

7. divide batter evenly, filling 1/2 - 3/4 full. bake 18-22 minutes.
*18 minutes was perfect for me.

for frosting:
1/2 C butter
1/4 C maple syrup
2 C powdered sugar
turbinado sugar, for garnish
course grain sea salt, for garnish
bacon crumbles, for garnish

1. in a large bowl, beat syrup & butter until combined. add the sugar, a bit at a time, & whip until combined.

2. transfer frosting to a 1qt. ziploc bag. cut the tip from one side & pipe frosting onto cupcakes.

3. garnish with sugar, salt, & bacon.

yum, yum, yum.
though, i think next time i make them, i'll make a basic vanilla cake and add maple syrup to that instead of the vanilla & some liquid. while this cake was excellent, it was very dense & kind of floury. it'll just take some experimentation!!

hope you have a great saturday!
until next time,

dowlings, out!

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  1. Wow, this sounds like the ultimate salty sweet treat. I've heard that bacon makes everything better and I think it must be true from the look of your cupcakes. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog right now called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your delicious cupcakes up.

  2. WOW! Love that you're taking sweet and savory to the max. My husband would DIE over these! :)

  3. bacon does make everything better!! these cupcakes were awesome... i'm already thinking up some other sweet treats to add bacon to! :D

  4. I've seen these around, haven't been brave enough to make them yet. Yours look perfect :) I am having my first give away, come by and enter.

  5. That frosting with the bacon crumbles looks amazing! I love the flavors of maple and bacon together.

  6. These sound amazing. I love sweet and salty combinations. Plus the shock factor of bacon in a dessert!

  7. Wow! Maple and Bacon, I will have to try this one. Thanks for sharing. I am new follower and would love for you to follow me back at The Farm Girl Recipes. Thanks!

  8. OOOH girl I love bacon. And I love maple syrup. And I love cupcakes. I have seen the bacon cupcakes around but haven't tried them yet. I can only imagine they are divine!

  9. they are wonderful! like... pancakes or waffles rolled into a cupcake! you must try them! they weren't difficult at all!!!! :D

  10. Linked to you from my blog! Thanks!