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Maple Bacon Cupcakes

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 6
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This sweet and savory combination is one of the recipes that started the bacon craze! Adapted from Vanilla Garlic blog
by: TBSP Nate
Updated Jun 21, 2015
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  • 4 1/2 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 tablespoon bacon drippings (leave in the fridge until they're solid)
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup minced bacon, cooked and drained


  • 1
    Cook some bacon in a fry pan (about 6 thick strips). Reserve the drippings and place in the fridge to solidify. Mince a 1/4 cup of the bacon.
  • 2
    Beat the butter and solidified bacon fat together until light and creamy. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and beat well until combined.
  • 3
    Add the egg and beat until incorporated.
  • 4
    Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and powder together.
  • 5
    Add some of the flour and mix, then some of the milk, then continue to alternate the dry and wet ingredients, ending with the dry. Mix until just combined.
  • 6
    Fold in the bacon. Taste and add more maple syrup, flour, or milk if needed for desired taste. Add maple syrup in very small increments; large amounts can break a cake batter.
  • 7
    Scoop into cupcake papers and bake at 350°F for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Be sure to rotate the pan after the first 15 minutes for even baking.
  • 8
    Frost cupcakes, then sprinkle crumbled bacon on top.

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More About This Recipe

  • Dear Bacon,

    What can I say? You have been the mightiest of meats, the sultan of snacks, and the prince of pork. Not only are you undeniably delicious all on your own, your savory succulence really takes food to a new level. Like, remember when people only thought of you as a simple side to eggs and toast?

    But then you were all like, “What up breakfast?! I’m gonna rock your bacon egg cheese pull aparts!”

    And you totally knew how to get down at a party with your bacon wrapped smokies and bacon pigs in a blanket.

    Or how about the time you totally kicked veggies in the butt?

    And sweets were no match for you. Chocolate chip cookies were never the same after you came around, nor cupcakes.

    So, it breaks my heart to have to tell you this Bacon, but your time is over. There’s a new love in town and it’s French Ventreche. Some call it bacon; some call it pancetta, but whatever you call it, that gorgeous fatty cured meat has stolen our hearts.

    You’re probably asking yourself why, but you had to have seen the signs. People have been talking about it for a while now. You’re still delicious, but the magic has definitely gone. And Ventreche, while it does a lot of the same things you can do, it just has that certain… je ne sais quoi.

    So, sorry Bacon! You’ll always have a special place in our hearts.

    What do you think, is bacon dead? Comment away!
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