Maple Bacon Cupcakes

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    Whether you love breakfast or dinner or bacon on dessert or not, there’s one that’s for sure: Lindsay & her husband, Taylor of Love & Olive Oil are super talented bloggers. I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet them last year at Food Blog Forum in Orlando, and I’m so excited to see them both again this year!

    Lindsay wrote her first cookbook, Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook last June and this February, her and her husband just released a second cookbook, Breakfast for Dinner. Pure genius. Everyone loves breakfast for dinner and they have created over 100 classic breakfast recipes with a twist that you can have for dinner – or any time of the day!

    I had the pleasure of helping Lindsay & Taylor recipe test while they were writing this book. I was blown away with the recipes I was testing. My favorite was the loco moco, which is based off a classic Hawaiian dish. They infused the sticky rice with coconut. We could’ve just ate the rice itself. I also tested the Italian stuffed French toast and a couple other dishes. It was so much fun :) thank you Lindsay & Taylor for giving me this opportunity to help you out!

    I made the maple bacon cupcakes because it was one of the recipes that was just calling my name. Candied bacon topping, maple flavored cake & chocolate buttercream frosting? I may or may not have had this for breakfast AND dinner one day. I will never tell…I can tell you that this book is LOADED with amazing & creative recipes such as this maple bacon cupcake recipe (where you can grab below).

    They surprised me with a signed copy of the book :) AND what’s even cooler is that my name appears in the “thank you” page in the back of the book, along with the other recipe taste testers. That was super fun to see. I didn’t know they were going to do that!!

    Bacon jam..I mean, how could I say no?

    I can break in my new bundt pan from Rachel with this banana bread bundt cake!

    Parmesan beignets – need I say more?

    I was sent a signed copy of this book from Lindsay & Taylor, but I had also pre-ordered a copy myself, and then I was sent a review copy from their publisher, Quirk Books, so I have three copies. I don’t need three copies so I’m giving two away!


    Maple Bacon Cupcakes

    Candied bacon topping, maple flavored cake & chocolate buttercream frosting? You will be eating these Maple Bacon Cupcakes for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner!
    Prep Time: 1 hr 20 mins
    Cook Time: 45 mins
    Total Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1 dozen
    Calories: 437kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    For the cupcakes:

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

    For the chocolate buttercream:

    • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 1/2 sticks
    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
    • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
    • 2 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1/8 tsp maple extract, optional
    • 2 tbsp heavy cream, more or less as needed

    For candied bacon topping:

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


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
    • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and brown for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in maple syrup and vanilla extract.
    • Slowly mix in the dry ingredients, a little at a time, until well-incorporated. Beat in buttermilk on low speed until just incorporated.
    • Fill cupcake liners with a scant 1/4 cup of batter (cups should be just under 2/3 full). Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer pan to a cooking rack; when pan is cool enough to handle, place cupcakes on rack to cool completely.
    • While the cupcakes are cooling, heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; set an ovenproof wire baking rack on top of the foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
    • In a shallow dish, whisk together brown sugar and cocoa powder until evenly distributed. Press bacon into sugar mixture to coat, shaking off excess.
    • Arrange bacon on prepared rack, leaving plenty of space between slices. Bake for 30-40 minutes, flipping every 10 minutes, until bacon is browned and crisp. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking/chopping into small pieces.
    • While bacon is cooking, prepare buttercream. Beat butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium high speed for 1 to 2 minutes, or until fluffy. Add cocoa powder and beat until smooth. Slowly beat in confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until mixture is smooth. Beat in maple syrup and maple extract (if using). Add cream as needed and beat on medium high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
    • Generously spread or pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Arrange candied bacon pieces on top of the frosted cupcakes.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


    Source: Recipe reprinted with permission, Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth (Quirk Books, 2013)
    Nutrition Facts
    Maple Bacon Cupcakes
    Amount Per Serving (1 Cupcake)
    Calories 437 Calories from Fat 207
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 23g35%
    Carbohydrates 56g19%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 43g48%
    Protein 5g10%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • From Ballparks to BBQ says:

    I love scrambled eggs with peppers and onions!

  • Ashley says:

    Chocolate coconut oatmeal is a current favorite of mine ~ it’s always changing!

  • Rachel says:

    This looks wonderful! Breakfast for dinner is always a staple in our house!

  • Adrienne says:

    How can I possibly pick just ONE item, I want breakfast all day everyday! My favorite has to cinnamon rolls and a fresh peach.

  • rachel says:

    I’m a scone girl!

  • Jackie @ The Beeroness says:

    Oh. My. God. Bacon cupcakes?!!!

  • Madeline Goodman says:

    My favorite breakfast food is this little savory stack my mom and I make. Its baked in a cupcake pan and consists of little sliced potatoes, spinach, ricotta, and cheese. It’s good!

  • Judy G says:

    pancakes or waffles!

  • Kim says:

    I love stuffed french toast!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says:

    What gorgeous cupcakes, love the flavors!!! How fun to taste test ahead of time!

  • Kristin says:

    My favorite breakfast item is definitely toasted everything bagels with cream cheese!

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    What creative recipes! My breakfast of choice is bagels with cream cheese and lox.

  • Tory says:

    French Toast with real maple syrup or strawberries & whipped cream!

  • Jessica - The Novice Chef says:

    These would be so perfect for the brunch I am hosting on Sunday. Lindsay and Taylor are geniuses! :-)

  • Toni says:

    Favorite breakfast dish – if I had to choose, I would say a crab cake benedict. Right now though, I’d eat ANY breakfast – I have gestational diabetes and am sensitive in the mornings so I’ve been having the EXACT same thing every day for 17 weeks – only 12 weeks to go!

  • Kim C. says:

    Those cupcakes look awesome!! My favorite breakfast item is Chobani yogurt, it’s simple but honestly it’s my favorite!!!

  • Melody says:

    I am definitely going to try these cupcakes! They may be my new favorite breakfast item… until then, I’m going to go with Belgium Waffles. :)

  • sharon garmize says:

    The cupcakes look so good. Making them tomorrow. Thank you
    for sharing the recipe.

  • Zoe says:

    I love the idea of maple and bacon cupcakes, but I don’t think the combination of chocolate frosting and bacon works for me… what other flavour frosting do you think could work?

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    I’m a total bacon and eggs fiend!! Those cupcakes could be breakfast though, right?

  • andralyn says:

    Crepes are my favorite breakfast food along with anything bacon!!!!

  • Shannon says:

    Can’t go wrong with Nutella crepes and that goes for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    My dad’s pancakes!

  • Diand says:

    Bagels are my favorite breakfast food, or anything involving bacon!

  • Courtney says:

    I always struggle between sweet and savory as my favorite for breakfast, but I love these rolls a local coffee shop carries. They call them almond buns, and they’re pretty much the best things ever. I could eat one for breakfast every single day.

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This cupcake looks perfect, I love when unconventional ingredients are used on desserts :) so fun!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Yes! Go break in that bundt pan this week :) And seriously I’m still laughing over how you posted the pic of these when I was contemplating what to make for your shower. At least I know you would’ve loved them if I’d gone with this type of cupcake ;)

  • Desi says:

    Bacon!!! But really I love all breakfast foods. But I tend to lean more towards the savory stuff :)

  • Desiree Bennett says:

    Hmm, my one favorite breakfast item… waffles? Maybe… Scratch that – my absolute favorite FAVORITE breakfast item would have to be cinnamon rolls… especially when they are gooey and warm and ooze cinnamon goodness and are topped with cream cheese frosting… oops sorry, I wandered off there for a second! :) They are definitely one of those items that I absolutely LOVE to bake, but hate to keep in the house because I’ll eat every. last. ONE!

  • Lars says:

    I love waffles, sweet or savory! It’s great cause you can go either way depending how you feel. Hoping to try chicken and waffles next!

  • Jaime says:

    Beneigts with iced coffee. So delicious!

  • Isabel says:

    My favorite breakfast item is spinach quiche, BTW the maple bacon cupcakes look fantastic!

  • Kim N. says:

    My favorite breakfast item is a belgian waffle with fresh fruits!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Oh my, all of Lindsay’s recipes sound amazing! Love your cupcakes, Julie!

  • Caitlin Mullinix says:

    I would eat a thick French toast on challah bread with caramelized bananas 3 times a day if I could!

  • Kel says:

    The cookbook looks great!

  • Kimbra freeman says:

    This cookbook looks awesome! I definitely want to try the maple bacon cupcakes.

  • Sharon says:

    My favorite breakfast item is a great big fluffy western omelet with homemade hash browns.

  • Sue | My Korean Kitchen says:

    Wow, I’ve never thought of adding bacon on a cupcake! What a creative idea!! The book looks great. I should get it myself. :D

  • Lois says:

    Every year I host a wine and dessert party. I make desserts, friends bring the wine. This year I added these amazing cupcakes to the menu. They were THE talk of the party. 35 people, 50 mini bacon cupcakes –devoured!!! I added a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt (per my husband’s request), and that took them over the top. Thanks for another amazing recipe that will certainly make its way into my baking rotation!!

    • Julie says:

      So happy to hear this!!

  • Kate says:

    WOW! These cupcakes were incredible. My favorite by far. We decided to do a salted caramel icing with the bacon on top but the maple cupcake was perfect! Thank you so much!

    • Julie says:

      Sounds delicious! So glad you enjoyed!

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