Maple Bacon Cupcakes

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These Maple Bacon Cupcakes are covered in maple buttercream and candied bacon bits! They taste like breakfast in the form of a cupcake!

Maple Bacon Cupcakes with maple buttercream and candied bacon bits

These Maple Bacon Cupcakes are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. The cupcakes are super fluffy and packed with maple flavor but the crispy bits of homemade candied bacon take them to the next level! If you’ve never made candied bacon before don’t fret, it’s super simple! All you have to do is coat your slices of bacon with maple syrup and brown sugar then bake them in the oven until the bacon is crisp and brown! If you’re craving more maple desserts try my Maple Cookies with Maple Icing!

Ingredient Breakdown

All-purpose flour – this gives the cupcakes structure.

Baking powder and baking soda – both are necessary to help the cupcakes rise.

Butter – provides flavor and structure. I always recommend using unsalted butter but salted butter works if that’s all you have on hand, just be sure to omit the 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Do not use cold or melted butter.

Granulated sugar – provides sweetness and texture.

Vegetable oil – adds moisture and tenderizes cupcakes.

Eggs and egg yolk – binds the ingredients and provides structure.

Vanilla extract and salt – enhances flavor. Always use pure vanilla extract instead of imitation for best flavor.

Maple extract – necessary to give the cupcakes their maple flavor. I used McCormick’s Maple Extract.

Buttermilk – adds flavor and moisture.

Maple Bacon Cupcakes with maple buttercream and candied bacon bits

How To Make Maple Bacon Cupcakes

1. Make the Maple Cupcakes: In a small bowl combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.

2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy then add the vegetable oil. Mix in the eggs and egg yolk one at a time then add the vanilla extract and maple extract.

3. Fold in half of the dry ingredients then add all of the buttermilk. Fold in the remaining half of the dry ingredients until just combined.

Maple bacon cupcake batter

4. Scoop batter into prepared pans 3/4 full. Bake at 350°F for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Maple bacon cupcakes in a cupcake pan before and after baking

5. Make the Candied Bacon: place 8 slices of bacon on a parchment lined baking sheet then drizzle with maple syrup.

6. Sprinkle bacon with the brown sugar (be sure to coat both sides) then bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is brown. Allow bacon to cool before breaking into pieces.

Candied bacon process

7. Make the Maple Buttercream: Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy.

8. Add confectioners’ sugar and mix on low until combined.

9. Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and maple extract then beat until fluffy. Add salt to taste. Decorate as desired. Store Maple Bacon Cupcakes in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

Pro Tips For Maple Bacon Cupcakes

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
  • Don’t over mix the cupcake batter otherwise it will develop too much gluten and be dense/gummy.
  • Do not overfill your cupcake liners. Only fill them 3/4 full. I love this cookie scoop because it fills them with the perfect amount of batter!
  • Wait until the cupcakes are COMPLETELY COOLED before frosting otherwise the buttercream will melt and slide off.

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes with maple buttercream and candied bacon bits

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes

These Maple Bacon Cupcakes are covered in maple buttercream and candied bacon bits! They taste like breakfast in the form of a cupcake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 337kcal
Author Maria Azzarelli

Equipment

  • Two 12-count cupcake pans
  • Stand mixer or hand mixer
  • Baking sheet

Ingredients

Maple Cupcakes

  • 270 g (2 1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 300 g (1 1/2 cups) granulated sugar
  • 113 g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 60 g (1/4 cup) vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 240 g (1 cup) buttermilk

Candied Bacon

  • 8 bacon slices
  • 60 g (1/4 cup) maple syrup
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) brown sugar

Maple Buttercream

  • 226 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 360 g (3 cups) confectioners' sugar
  • 60 g (1/4 cup) maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp maple extract
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

Maple Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line two 12-count cupcake pans with paper liners.
  • In a small bowl combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy then add the vegetable oil. Mix in the eggs and egg yolk one at a time then add the vanilla extract and maple extract.
  • Fold in half of the dry ingredients then add all of the buttermilk. Fold in the remaining half of the dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Scoop batter into prepared pans 3/4 full. Bake at 350°F for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Candied Bacon

  • Place 8 slices of bacon on a parchment lined baking sheet then drizzle with maple syrup.
  • Sprinkle bacon with the brown sugar (be sure to coat both sides) then bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is brown. Allow bacon to cool before breaking into pieces.

Maple Buttercream

  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add confectioners' sugar and mix on low until combined.
  • Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and maple extract then beat until fluffy. Add salt to taste. Decorate as desired.

Notes

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
 
  • Store Maple Bacon Cupcakes in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.
 
  • Nutrition: the provided nutritional information is an estimate per serving. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer for more information.

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

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