Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Don’t go bacon my heart!

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These sweet and salty cupcakes are sure to please any crowd! I whipped up a batch of these for Canada Day, since they included two Canadian classics (maple and bacon!) The moist maple cupcake, topped with vanilla icing with a drizzle of maple syrup and bits of crispy bacon will have you wanting more and more!

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You eat bacon for breakfast, so these are basically a breakfast item right?

The bacon dessert trend hit the food scene a few years ago and continues to be added to a number of sweet treats, so I decided to take a run at it! Maple and bacon have always been a match made in heaven, so there were high hopes for these cupcakes!

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Making these cupcakes was my very first encounter using bacon in dessert. I was excited to hear and see what everyone thought of them. The reviews were good and everyone loved them!

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PREP TIME
20 mins
COOK TIME
18 mins
TOTAL TIME
38 mins

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 1 box of white cake mix (I cheated because hey, these recipes are perfected so why mess with a good thing?)
  • eggs
  • vegetable oil- use half, half bacon grease
  • bacon grease (grease from cooking bacon in a pan)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Optional: 1 tsp of maple extract

Frosting:

  • 2 containers of white frosting (also cheated on making this from scratch)
  • 2 Tbsp of maple syrup

Topping:

  • maple syrup, to drizzle over cupcakes
  • 6-8 crispy bacon strips cut into small pieces
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. (I used Canada Day themed ones on this occasion)
  2. Combine ingredients as stated on the box + the bacon grease, and maple syrup (and maple extract if you’re included that.)
  3. Start pouring mixture into cupcake liners filing just over halfway.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes.Take out of the oven and let them rest for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting! (important step or you’ll get runny icing– speaking from experience.

Frosting:

  • Transfer your maple frosting into a piping bag using the piping tip of choice.
  • Crumble crispy bacon on top and drizzle with maple syrup!
  • Add festive little touches like Canadian flags, etc.

VOILA!

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I will definitely be making these again, they were super simple and stayed really moist from the bacon grease added to the mix!

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