Maple Bacon Cupcakes

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Aw yeah. That’s right, I said it. Bacon! These cupcakes are both sweet and savory and the salty bacon gives an interesting flavor to the maple buttercream. The flavorings are totally addicting . . . who can resist? Need something to impress and WOW the crowd? Then these cupcakes are just for you!IMG_0785 IMG_0786 IMG_0787

 

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

  • Servings: about 12 cupcakes
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Maple Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Cinnamon Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup, room temperature
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp milk, room temperature
  • 2-3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Candied Bacon

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 4 strips bacon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. For the cupakes: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract. Stir in buttermilk and maple syrup. Gradually blend in the flour mixture, stirring only until batter is just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain.
  4. Divide evenly into prepared muffin tin. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Turn cupcakes out on to a wire rack to cool before frosting.
  5. For the buttercream: Combine butter, maple syrup, milk and 2 cups confectioners sugar in a large bowl and beat at medium-high speed until smooth. Add remaining sugar in gradually until frosting is thick enough to spread easily. You may not use all the sugar. If icing is too dry, add additional milk until desired consistency is reached. Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
  6. For the candied bacon: Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil, set an oven proof wire, baking rack on top of the foil and grease with cooking spray.
  7. In a shallow dish, whisk together brown sugar and cocoa powder until evenly mixed. Press bacon into sugar mixture to coat, shaking off excess.
  8. Arrange bacon on prepared rack, leaving plenty of space between slices. Bake for 3-40 minutes, flipping every 10 minutes, until bacon is browned and crisp. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Garnish your cupcakes with candied bacon.

Adapted from Baking Bites

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