These maple bacon cupcakes are seriously amazing. Soft Maple cupcakes filled with candied bacon, topped with a soft maple buttercream and another slice of candied bacon!
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 American food anytime anyplace, right?
Then I looked at the menu! BACON CUPCAKE??? I hadn’t really gotten into the whole maple bacon craze at this point (obviously I have now), but I had to at least TRY it, right? WELL the cupcake itself was NOT very good, IMO. Too dense for a cupcake, 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!
ANYWAY these babies went on the list of recipes to recreate! 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!
So I’m using the Vanilla cake recipe I always use for cupcakes and adding the Maple flavoring and Bacon (I also use this recipe for these caramel spider cupcakes). BUT you can take your favorite vanilla or butter cupcake and add maple extract to it and get the same results – even a box mix if that’s what you prefer.
Now for the bacon – you can go either way – classic regular bacon cut up and placed in to the cupcake OOOORRRRR candied bacon… You’ll get more of a sweet/salty combo with the plain bacon, but I’m all about my sweets being sweet so I prefer the candied bacon – ESP for the bacon slice on top!
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!
Maple Bacon Cupcake Recipe
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Maple Bacon Cupcakes
- 2 1/3 C cake flour add 2 Tbsp and 1 tsp for high altitude
- 1 1/2 C granulated sugar minus 1 1/2 Tbsp for high altitude
- 2 1/3 tsp baking powder minus 1/2 tsp for high altitude
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 Tbsp butter softened
- 3 lrg eggs room temperature
- 1/2 C greek yogurt or sour cream
- 6 Tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 1 cup whole milk
- 8 sliced candied bacon diced
- Cream cheese maple frosting
- 8 slices candied bacon cut into 3rds for decoration
- preheat oven to 350 F (375 F for high altitude)
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add butter and mix on medium-low speed until you end up with a fine crumb
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, mayo, vanilla and maple extract until smooth.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat on medium speed until just combined.
- Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be wet
- Fold in half the diced candied bacon
- scoop into cupcake tins and sprinkle the rest of the bacon on top
- bake 14-18 mins
- let cool them frost and enjoy!
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These look AMAZING! I’m such a maple fan, and who doesn’t like bacon? I’ve tried (and loved) maple bacon doughnuts so I’ll definitely have to try these cupcakes! Thanks!!
I’m completely addicted to these, in fact I’m making a batch of candied bacon right now so I can make it yet AGAIN!
What is a cube of butter?
I am so sorry, that’s my west coast american creeping in. A cube (or stick on the east coast) is 8 Tbsp of butter or 1/2 C. I’ll try to be more clear in the future. thx for asking
dry pudding mix? it makes it more moist! (and yes, instant, not cooked)
My husband would be all over these!
as he should be, they are AMAZING!
What flavor pudding do you use?
I used vanilla for these! sorry I didn’t clarify that!
Is the vanilla pudding instant or regular? Thanks
instant – to me that is regular 😉 I’ve never made the cooked kind! sorry I didn’t clarify
I don’t see pudding in the recipe, am I missing it?
I changed the recipe to one I like even better – so no more pudding
Have you tried this recipe as red velvet sans the bacon? My boyfriend has requested for his birthday.
personally I’m not a fan of red velvet, it’s a TON of dye for a cake that has no flavor IMO, but I know most people love it. So no I haven’t tried it, but let me know what you think!
So, I would really like to make these, however my sister is very allergic to Mayonnaise (she is a serious bacon lover and would be really sad to not be able to eat any). Do you think substituting plain greek yogurt for the mayo would work?
totally, or sour cream, or butter, your looking to replace it with another “fat”
This may be a silly question… If the cupcakes are not going to be eaten right away, would you store these in the refrigerator, or leave them sitting out? Thanks!
I NEVER refrigerate cake, cupcakes or breads of any kind. Refrigeration dries them out, and fast. Either leave them on the counter or freeze them (but then frost later). I have a cupcake case I like to use to keep them protected
Can be these be left out with frosting overnight?
yes but like any cake or cupcake they will dry out – I’d suggest putting them in a container of some kind to keep them moist overnight. http://amzn.to/2xX3gSp
in measuring cups what is two cubes of butter mean?
I’m sorry about that, in the western united states we call it cubes, in the east they call it sticks. 1 Cube is 1/2 C or 8 Tbsp. so 2 cubes is 1 cup.
How do you make candied bacon?
Mmmmmm SOOO good, here is my recipe and a video tutorial! Candied Bacon
Ashlee, I am making cupcakes for my wedding, and i was wondering, with all there is to do…sigh ..can i make the maple cupcakes ahead of time and freeze them? It’s in a month…
also, what is the true measurement for a “cube” of butter?
1 cube is 1/2 a cup or 8 Tbsp
yes you can, but don’t freeze them warm, let them cool all the way
someone just read your recipe, and ask silly question is the bacon cooked when you put into cupcake.
it calls for candied bacon chopped up, and obviously candied bacon is already cooked.
How do you make candied bacon
Hi! This recipe looks fantastic and I’m dying to try it! My only question is where would I find the exact measurements for the buttercream frosting ?
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I made these, they are awesome. .I especially love the texture, it’s like eating a pancake in a cup. .yummy
YAY! glad you like them! they are DEF a favorite over here!
Did you post the frosting ingredients? Or are those top secret?
right in the post there is a form to sign up for my newsletter, once you do you get an email with the password to the recipe post https://te270.infusionsoft.com/app/form/maplefrostingrecipe
How much candied bacon should I make if I top bacon pieces on top of cupcakes in addition to the 8 slices for the batter?
Um I made a double batch and ate the extra…. mmmm
I made these for my husband’s birthday. We were having a get-together with several of his Army friends, so I needed a “manly” recipe. I can’t even begin to describe how delicious they were!!! Needless to say, there weren’t any leftovers! Thank you!!
YAY! so glad you enjoyed them.
What kind of mixer did you use I. The video of making the frosting? I want that! 🙂
It’s a Bosch Universal Mixer http://amzn.to/210Eyra
I watched the video to make the frosting, but I don’t see the proportions anywhere. Where is the frosting recipe? Thanks! Looking forward to making these for a hospital bake sale. 🙂
you fill out your name and email in the form and the recipe post link and password will be emailed to you!
what do you use for the icing?
I’d like the recipe for the maple bacon cupcake icing! Can’t wait to make these for my family!!
just fill this form out and the url and the password will be emailed to you https://te270.infusionsoft.com/app/form/maplefrostingrecipe
Hi! Anything to substitute for the maple extract? I could not find any
nope, maybe try amazon? I’ve never had trouble finding maple extract at the grocery store. My favorite brand is Mapeline.