Maple Bacon Cupcakes

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on June 23, 2011

Yes, you read that right. Bacon. In cupcakes. And guess what, they are actually pretty good.

Last weekend I decided to make something special for Hubs. It was Father’s Day after all. I wanted to make something just for him. Something that I would never make just to make it. Because honestly, they didn’t sound good to me.

Bacon? In a cupcake? Ummm, I think I’ll pass.

Yet Hubs LOVES bacon. He’s slightly obsessed with it. The poor man, all he ever gets at home is turkey bacon, because I can’t stand the greasy, chewy, fatty real stuff. So he never gets real bacon. Oh how he suffers.

So for Father’s Day I put aside my taste buds and made something just for him. I’m such a good wife. And you know what? They weren’t half bad.

Although, to be fair, my favorite part was the frosting. Actually, that’s my favorite part about any cupcake. If it doesn’t have good frosting, I’m not eating it. Okay, I’ll probably still eat it, it’s a cupcake after all, but I won’t be happy about it.

The thing that makes the frosting oh-so-delicious is that I used brown butter instead of plain old butter. What is brown butter, you may be wondering? Why, it’s butter, heated until little brown flecks form. The melted butter takes on a golden hue and gives off a heavenly nutty aroma. Oh. My. It’s delectable. I could eat it by the spoonful.

The frosting I mean. Not the butter.

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

So, for all of you bacon lovers out there who also happen to love cupcakes, this recipe is for you. Or for anyone who’s a little adventurous. Or for someone who likes a little bit of salty with their sweet.

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Maple Bacon Cupcakes with Browned Butter Maple Frosting

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Maple Bacon Cupcakes with Browned Butter Maple Frosting

Maple bacon cupcakes, sure to satisfy any cravings you may have, sweet, salty and everything in between.

Ingredients

    Maple Bacon Cupcakes
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted browned butter
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat {from the cooked bacon}
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup {the real stuff, not pancake syrup}
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 12 slices bacon {reserve 2 tablespoons for the frosting}
  • Browned Butter Maple Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, browned
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup {the real stuff, not pancake syrup}
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bacon pieces

Instructions

    Maple Bacon Cupcakes
  1. Cook the bacon according to package directions. Crisp-cook the bacon, you don't want any chewy, greasy pieces.
  2. Place on a paper towel-lined plate and allow to cool.
  3. Crumble into tiny pieces, about 1/2 cup.
  4. Save 2 tablespoons of the crumbled bacon for the frosting.
  5. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat for the cupcakes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350º. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners or spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  7. To brown the butter, heat a medium pot over medium heat. Add the butter, cut into pieces, and whisk as it melts.
  8. After the butter melts, it will foam up a little, this is supposed to happen. Brown flecks will start to form in the butter. Watch it closely.
  9. Once the butter has a golden brown color and a nutty aroma, it's done. This can happen rather quickly and the butter can go from browned to burnt in a matter of seconds. I learned this one the hard way.
  10. Pour the butter into a bowl and allow to cool. Don't let it cool in the pot, as it will continue to cook and could burn. {For a great photo tutorial, check out How to Brown Butter on Simply Recipes.}
  11. In a small bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder.
  12. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, on medium speed mix together the browned butter, bacon fat and sugar until fluffy.
  13. Add the eggs and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Beat well.
  14. Add the flour mixture and milk, alternating, on low speed until just combined.
  15. Stir in all of but 2 tablespoons of the bacon pieces.
  16. Using an ice cream scoop, evenly divide the batter between the prepared muffin tin.
  17. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  18. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  19. Browned Butter Maple Frosting
  20. Brown the butter as directed above.
  21. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, maple syrup and milk together on low speed until combined.
  22. Add powdered sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  23. If the frosting is too thick, add a few more drops of milk. If it is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar.
  24. Frost cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining bacon pieces.

Notes

Adapted from The Cupcake Bible Enjoy with a glass of milk. And beware, these babies are rich.

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1 Sabrina June 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm

These look AMAZING! I have to surprise my husband with these!! I put bacon in corn muffins once and he freaked! He would love this! Awesome recipe!

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2 Sarah June 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Alison, this looks interesting. I’m going to give it a try.
Thanks for hosting. ~ Sarah

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3 Andrea (Andreas Kitchen) June 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Mmm- bacon! I didn’t buy it, but I saw a cookbook once that was called Everything’s Better With Bacon. There ya go!
I am sharing my recipe for Coconut Mousse. This recipe is almost dairy free, with only 1 tablespoon of butter for 6 servings. If you love coconut, you will love this mousse!
Thanks for hosting!

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4 Amy T June 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm

You must be very excited and eager to meet your baby boy! I still remember the feelings on my very last month’s pregnancy! Couldn’t wait until it’s all over and hold the baby in my arms. :) Best of luck to you on everything.

These Maple Bacon Cupcakes are gorgeous. I’m sure your hubby was a happy camper seeing and seeing them. What a lovely way to celebrate Father’s Day!

Thanks for inviting me to the Sweet Tooth Friday linky party. I’m sharing my Nutella macarons with you. And thank you for hosting as well.

Please take good care and have a lovely weekend.

Amy
http://utry.it

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5 Natasha June 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Thanks for inviting me over to join in with your party. I have linked up the oreo cupcake post.

Best wishes and take care,
Natasha.

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6 JUlie June 24, 2011 at 6:11 am

Thanks so much for hosting! Bacon cupcakes are on my list of things to bake. The list is so long I haven’t gotten to them! These look delicious. My husband would love them.

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7 Kitchen Belleicious June 24, 2011 at 7:04 am

I have never been one to like sweets with salt but you might have just twistedmy arm. These look delicious. Linking up my S&R hand pies!

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8 melissa@IWasBornToCook June 24, 2011 at 7:15 am

Wow, those cupcakes look amazing! Thanks again for hosting :) I linked up my cookies-n-cream ice cream.

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9 Katie @ This Chick Cooks June 24, 2011 at 7:18 am

Thanks for hosting, Alli!

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10 michelle June 24, 2011 at 7:46 am

these look great! I’ve been meaning to try a bacon’d up cupcake one of these days :)

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11 BrandyK June 24, 2011 at 8:10 am

How exciting & congratulations! I linked up some cookies this week–thanks for hosting.

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12 Aimee @ ShugarySweets June 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

Alli- those cupcakes, yum.
Thanks for hosting, I linked up a couple treats for ya!
Aimee

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13 Yvonne @ StoneGable June 24, 2011 at 9:24 am

Thaks for hosting Sweet Tooth Friday! I love the idea of sweet and savory. This would be a cupcake that would go over big at my house!!!!
Yvonne

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14 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies June 24, 2011 at 10:45 am

Oh man, maple and bacon? I am so there. Just linked up with my Ultimate Stand MIxer Chocolate Chip Cookies. They totally deserve the name.

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15 Megan's Cookin' June 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I think that is the perfect cupcake for Father’s Day!

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16 April @ The 21st Century Housewife June 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm

What an interesting flavour combination – and the cupcakes look gorgeous too! Thank you for sharing them, and for hosting. Have a lovely weekend!

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17 Tiffanee June 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm

OOOH!! I love bacon. I cannot wait to try this one out!! My kids will go crazy!! Thank you!!

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18 Chels R. June 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Those cupcakes look incredible!!!!

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19 La June 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm

What an unusual recipe. I have a male friend who would love this.

Good luck to you as you welcome your little son.

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20 Lindsay @ Delighted Momma June 26, 2011 at 10:09 am

First off..awesome pictures!!! Second..hmmm very interesting but if the hubbs liked them I would say that is a success!! What a sweet wife you are to make them..no pun intended ;)

XO Lindsay

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21 Bizzy June 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm

These are fabulous cupcakes and you made them look beautiful. Do link them to Bake with Bizzy, please.
http://bizzybakesb.blogspot.com/2011/06/baket-with-bizzy-6.html

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22 KB and Whitesnake June 27, 2011 at 12:33 am

Looks delish!

We’d love for you to share this recipe with us at

Simply Delish Saturday

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23 Jami June 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Wow! Another yummy recipe!!! I’ve been seeing this idea around and everyone swears its delicious…guess I’ll have to give it a try! :-)
If you get a chance, I’d love to have you share this recipe at the Tuesday To Do Party!
http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/06/tuesday-to-do-16-and-15-list-makers.html
Smiles!
Jami

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24 Natalia June 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm

These look incredible! I have heard about this and seen some things like it on cupcake wars and such, but never tried them. I think I will have to do this now! And thanks for the printable! If you don’t mind me asking, how did you do that? I have been trying to find a way! Thanks for sharing the recipe and so glad I found your linky party, I linked up one of my own! Can’t wait to follow along!

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25 Allison June 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I use a Wordpress plugin called WordPress Print This Section. It’s really easy to set up and use. Good luck!

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26 Lisa@BlessedwithGrace June 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Oh my goodness. I have made bacon- maple cookies, but not cupcakes. How fun. Hubby will like these. Thanks for linking up to TMTT and sharing your goodness with us.

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27 Miz Helen June 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Hi Allison,
Your Maple Bacon Cupcakes are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back real soon.
Hope you have a great week end!
Miz Helen

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28 Vanessa July 2, 2011 at 4:44 am

What an interesting recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing and linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week as well!
xoxo,
Vanessa

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29 keri July 3, 2011 at 4:51 am

Hi Alli – I just stumbled on your blog from Tip Junkie and these maple bacon {!} cupcakes sound so amazing! I would LOVE it if you would link your recipe to our Month Long Cupcake Party celebrating all things cucake!

http://shakentogether.blogspot.com/2011/07/were-declaring-july-cupcake-month-and.html

Happy Weekend!
Keri

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30 Lorraine May 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm

These were absolutely delicious!

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31 Chris May 31, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Just made these for my husband’s birthday. They were AWESOME! My 11 year old daughter now says they are her favorite cupcakes. My mother-in-law happened to be here and agreed with her!

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32 Danielle January 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I thought bacon cupcakes sounded dreadful. But, I heard rave reviews and thought I would try them. These turned out great. Thank you

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