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Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Maple Bacon Cupcakes - Maple butter cupcakes with maple cream cheese buttercream frosting. These cupcakes are perfect for the bacon lover in your life!

Deliciously moist maple butter cupcakes with a rich flavor.  These Maple Bacon Cupcakes are made with maple cream cheese buttercream frosting and pack plenty of real bacon for every bacon lover!

I’ve been meaning to make these Maple Bacon Cupcakes for some time now.  I originally wanted to share them in fall where I think these flavors perfectly describe November.  But since that didn’t happen, I wanted to share them in time for Father’s Day because what father doesn’t love bacon?!  These Maple Bacon Cupcakes pack so much flavor. You’ll love the combination of salty bacon and sweet maple syrup and tangy cream cheese frosting!

Maple Bacon Cupcakes - Maple butter cupcakes with maple cream cheese buttercream frosting. These cupcakes are perfect for the bacon lover in your life! #cupcakes #bacon #dessert

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Last week I shared my Churro Cake recipe and I loved the moist and tender cake so much that I’ve adapted the recipe and made that recipe into these Maple Bacon Cupcakes.  The biggest change with the original recipe is that this one uses maple sugar.  I’ve been holding onto some maple sugar in the pantry for about a year now and I’m excited about the flavor it added to this recipe.

I have not been able to find maple sugar in stores, but I did buy it on Amazon and it looks like Walmart now sells them online, too.  If that’s an option for you then you won’t need to adapt this recipe.  If you are not able to find it or you really want to make this recipe now, you can use granulated sugar, but you’ll end up using less of it.

Maple Bacon Cupcakes - Maple butter cupcakes with maple cream cheese buttercream frosting. These cupcakes are perfect for the bacon lover in your life! #buttercream #cupcakes #bacon

Finally, my secret to creating this gorgeous design with frosting is actually pretty easy.  About 2 years ago, I bought Russian Cake Tips and these big ball tips have been used to frost all my cupcakes since then.  There is an adjustment period to using these and I’d suggest using Wilton Stiff Frosting to pipe the cupcakes until you get the hang of using regular frosting.  The key to frosting these cupcakes is to rotate the cupcake while twisting the piping bag and slowly pull the bag up.

Like I said, it takes some practice to get used to this and sometimes you’ll have to rotate bags as to not warm the frosting too much.  Same goes with regular frosting.  The more the bag is picking up heat from your hand, the harder it will be to pipe stiff frosting.  Try piping a few at a time or refrigerating the frosting.

Maple Bacon Cupcakes - Maple butter cupcakes with maple cream cheese buttercream frosting. These cupcakes are perfect for the bacon lover in your life!

These most Maple Bacon Cupcakes pack a delicious flavor that can’t be beaten.  If you love buttercream cream cheese frosting and have a bacon lover in your life, this cupcake recipe is for you!

Looking for more delicious cupcakes recipes?  Try these Churro Cupcakes or these Italian Cream Cupcakes. I love these Coconut Macaroon Cupcakes, too!

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Deliciously moist maple butter cupcakes with a rich flavor.  These Maple Bacon Cupcakes are made with maple cream cheese buttercream frosting and pack plenty of real bacon for every bacon lover!  

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 34
Author Jessica @ Swankyrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup maple sugar (or 1 cup granulated sugar in place of maple sugar)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening, packed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk ( I used half & half )
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons imitation maple extract/flavoring
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup

For the Maple Frosting

  • 18 tablespoons (that's 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons imitation maple extract flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, soft
  • 1 cup shortening, packed
  • 2 pounds bacon, finely chopped
  • maple syrup, to garnish

Instructions

  1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a muffin tin pan with paper cups; set aside.

    2. In a bowl fit with paddle attachment, whisk together flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  

    3. With the mixer on low, slowly beat in chunks of shortening and butter.  Turn mixer to medium and beat until mixture has small crumbs.  

    4. In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, milk, eggs, maple flavoring, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. 

    5. With the mixer on low, slowly pour mixture into dry ingredients.  Turn mixer to medium and beat until incorporated; about 1 minute.  Whip down sides of bowl with a spatula and stir to mix.  

    6. Spoon 2 1/2 tablespoons cake batter into each cupcake.  Bake in oven for 27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool.

    To make the frosting

    1. Meanwhile, make the frosting. In a bowl fit with a mixer, beat butter, powdered confectioner's sugar, salt, and maple flavoring.  Once smooth, turn mixer up to medium and beat in chunks of cream cheese and shortening.  Mix frosting until smooth.

    2. Fill pastry bag with a cupcake tip and frost each cupcake.  Frosting may need to be chilled in pastry bag to create same design as photos.  Also, I used a Russian Ball Tip to frost each cupcake.  See notes on where to buy, otherwise, any cupcake tip will do. 

    3. To make bacon, cook according to package directions or to make in the oven heat to 400 degrees F.  Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and spread bacon evenly on sheets without them touching.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until bacon is golden brown.  Transfer bacon to paper towel then finely chop.

    4. Add chopped bacon to the top of the cupcake and around the bottom frosting.  Drizzle maple syrup over each cupcake if desired.

    5. Cupcakes need to be chilled until 30 minutes before serving.


Recipe Notes

To recreate frosting design, please read entire post.  You'll need these Russian Style Ball Cake Tips.  They can be purchased online from Amazon or Walmart

 

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    05/18/2018 at 9:37 am

    What a great way to use maple sugar! These cupcakes look outrageously delicious, and I love how you’ve decorated them. They’d be a hit at any party!

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    05/19/2018 at 8:59 am

    Such beautiful cupcakes! Love the maple buttercream! I don’t eat bacon, but as you said, all the fathers out there (including my husband) would devour one in a minute.

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    prasanna hede
    05/19/2018 at 12:25 pm

    These cupcakes look so gorgeous and love that frosting too!I don’t eat bacon but you made me drool.

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    Jenni LeBaron
    05/19/2018 at 4:57 pm

    These are so pretty I almost wouldn’t be able to eat one – almost! What a fancy cupcake to share at a party!

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    Kristina
    05/19/2018 at 5:37 pm

    I love maple and I love bacon, so I know I would love these maple bacon cupcakes! I’ll definitely be bookmarking this for the next time I have a sweet tooth.

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    Leslie
    05/19/2018 at 7:30 pm

    EVERYTHING about this. Like, every single thing. It’s so many of my favorite things are wrapped into one fabulous dessert!

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    Jessica Robinson
    05/20/2018 at 11:24 am

    Now your speaking my language! Maple. My family is the largest producer of pure maple syrup in Connecticut. It’s actually substituted with equal parts. So if you’re subbing for 1 cup granulated sugar, you’d use 1 cup granulated maple sugar. It’s great for baking recipes, because it doesn’t add any extra moisture. If you’re in New England you can find it in most country stores, sugar houses, and special food stores. If not, order online directly from a sugar house and support your local farmers! Jessica, your cupcakes look AMAZING~ and we’ll be pinning for later!

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    Natalie
    05/20/2018 at 1:57 pm

    These cupcakes looks beyond delicious. But what an interesting flavor combo – maple and bacon?! Oh, I must try this. My hubby will be delighted.

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    Karyl Henry
    05/20/2018 at 8:23 pm

    I LOVE bacon!! But I’ve never thought to add them to a dessert. These look so amazing, and I would probably be the one just eating the frosting and bacon on top 🙂

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    Anne Murphy
    05/20/2018 at 8:24 pm

    What an amazing combination of flavors! Those are so pretty, too – I”d never heard of Russian ball tips, and now I have to look for them!

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    Lauren
    05/20/2018 at 8:59 pm

    Be still my heart! Cupcakes + Bacon + Sweet Maple = divinity! These not only look amazing but sounds so so good. I love the combo of the savory bacon with the sweet maple. We will definitely be making these in the fall.

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    Tamara Andersen
    05/20/2018 at 10:43 pm

    Having raised 4 sons, and having a husband of nearly 38 years, they’d agree… yes please to all the bacon! This is a gorgeous cupcake, and this girl that doesn’t often indulge in sweets is seriously tempted!

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    05/20/2018 at 11:32 pm

    Wow this is something my husband would die for! Looks so delicious!

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    Michelle Blackwood
    05/21/2018 at 3:29 am

    I don’t eat bacon but the maple buttercream is right up my alley, gorgeous looking cupcakes!

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    Bea
    07/19/2018 at 6:06 pm

    You can make your own maple sugar if you would like the recipe let me know. These are fantastic!!

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      Jessica Knott
      07/19/2018 at 6:18 pm

      That would be great, Bea. I’m sure someone will appreciate it very much if you drop it in the comments!

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