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When we were eating our way around the worlds of Epcot (remember the lemon scones from England?) I wasn’t planning on getting anything in America, after all we were eating a LOT of food and why hit up my OWN country? I can get that ANYWHERE!
Then I looked at the menu! BACON CUPCAKE??? I haven’t really gotten into the whole maple bacon craze, but I had to at least TRY it, right? WELL the cupcake was NOT very good. Too dense, like I couldn’t even finish HALF of one it was that heavy, more like a dense muffin than a cupcake. But the Maple FROSTING was AMAZING! (I also didn’t love the pretzel’s on top)
ANYWAY these babies went on the list of recipes to make! I was MOST excited about perfecting the Maple icing, (and it’s GOOD) but I also wanted to improve upon the cupcake itself. I didn’t just want to improve it, I wanted it to actually taste GOOD!
You guys know I’m a from SCRATCH cook and baker. Like seriously everything, everything but cupcakes! I believe cakes should be dense and moist, while cupcakes should be lighter (but still moist). Good from scratch cakes don’t make great cupcakes and the best cupcake recipes are too light for a cake!
SO I use cake mixes… YUP!!! Not plain, I doctor them up, make them “more than” regular cake mix cupcakes. You can use this recipe to make ANY flavor of doctored cake mix cupcakes! You can change the flavor in three places, the cake mix, the pudding and the extracts!
- Mix the cake mix, flour and pudding and mix
- Add the water. oil, mayo and extract and beat
- Add the eggs and beat until smooth, about 2 mins on medium
- Add the dice bacon and mix until just combined
- Scoop into 24 paper lined muffin tins
- Bake at 350 for 15 mins, or until cooked through
So??? are they any good? I seriously can NOT stop eating them! Like AMAZING… They smell divine, like the best breakfast ever, and they taste even better. I did NOT expect to like them! I ended up making 4 dozen and I swear I’ve eaten half of them myself. The kids don’t love them, but the adults all do!
Now for the frosting you can use any buttercream or cream cheese recipe you usually us and swap out the vanilla and other extracts for Maple Extract. BUT if you want MY recipe (I don’t usually give out my business recipes) it’s my super top secret buttercream!
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