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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  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says:

    I saw this book and wanted to buy it, but it’s hard in Germany. What a pity it’s only for US residents :) Winers will be happy to get it.

    • Julie says:

      Sorry, Marta! I wish I could ship it internationally. It’s just so expensive to do so since it’s coming out of my own pocket! Maybe next time!

  • William Algie says:

    Blueberry pancakes with REAL butter and REAL Maple Syrup. YUM!!

  • Dania says:

    Pancakes are my favorite. Chocolate chip, blueberry, banana and smothered in syrup!

  • Tracey says:

    I absolutely love the combination of flavors in these cupcakes, they’re definitely on my must-try list! I am completely in love with both of Lindsay’s books, they’re so much fun :) Oh, and my favorite breakfast item is probably cinnamon rolls.

  • Eileen says:

    Wow that cupcake looks so amazing. This would be so fun to win..I love new recipes and pretty cookbooks.

  • Lisa says:

    I love an omelet filled with lots of veggies and cheese!

  • Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats says:

    If I could eat pancakes every morning for breakfast I surely would!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    Whoa! How fun! My favorite breakfast item is a good rich bran muffin. Not a low-calorie bran muffin. One made with whole milk, whole yogurt and lots of butter!

  • Cristina A. -The Batchmaker says:

    My favorite breakfast item is doughnuts! I love all kinds and flavors. Fried, baked, chocolate, original, caramel, peanut butter, jelly, any kind!

  • Cristina A. -The Batchmaker says:

    My favorite breakfast item are doughnuts! I love all kinds and flavors. Fried, baked, chocolate, original, caramel, peanut butter, jelly, any kind!

  • Cristina A. -The Batchmaker says:

    My favorite breakfast item …doughnuts!!! Any kind, all kind, I eat them two by two! :)

  • Heather says:

    Ruby red grapefruit!

  • Renee says:

    Favorite breakfast item – eggs benedict with real bacon instead of canadian bacon, extra hollandaise sauce

  • Patti says:

    We love having scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon mixed in for dinner. Add toasted French bread (from Panera) and a mimosa!

  • ed grundner says:

    The cupcakes look amazing. I will try these this Friday when we have company. Breakfast foods are one of my favorite foods anytime of day; besides cheeseburgers.

  • Brandy says:

    I normally prefer scrambled eggs, sausage and some sort of potato along with it. I would love to win this book! Give me some new ideas!!

  • Tieghan says:

    Whoa!! These are crazy! They look delicious and so fun!

  • Rachel says:

    For me, it’s a definite tie between pancakes & some kind of veggie omelette. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    I love any breakfast I can prep the night before, then just pop into the oven the next morning while I’m still waiting for the coffee to kick in. Cinnamon Rolls and French Toast Bake are winners!

  • TC says:

    French toast made with challah bread. Any other kind of bread never seems as delicious.

  • meredith noel says:

    I love pancakes…..banana, blueberry….love pancakes!

  • Kathy says:

    Those look wonderful!

    I hate to admit this, but corned beef hash with sunny side up eggs is a guilty pleasure. ;)

  • Lisa Langston says:

    Blueberry pancakes with homemade blueberry syrup!
    Great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  • RK says:

    Toss up between breakfast tacos and homemade blueberry pancakes.

  • Sophia says:

    So many yummy things to choose from but I think my favorite breakfast item is any kind of skillet.

  • Sarah says:

    My favorite breakfast item is banana chocolate chip pancakes!

  • Ashy says:

    I just love have waffles for breakfast. Something about having something sweet in the morning makes you really get up from your bed:-)

  • cherie says:

    Pasta with eggs, bacon and breadcrumbs :)

  • Sara @ Magia e Pasta says:

    I could eat french toast at every meal, but it’s my favorite for breakfast! Stuffed, baked, traditional – it never gets old!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Anything with maple and bacon is a winner in my books!

  • Jeffrey says:

    Homemade buttermilk pancakes with wild blueberries! I usually eat them for dinner because the stack I usually consume would put me right back into bed!

  • Carissa Falconi says:

    I make banana chocolate chip or m&m pancakes for my girls with those leftover bananas that you always have waaaaaay too many of in your freezer!

  • Maria says:

    I love Lindsay’s book! I always order French toast when we go out!

  • Kay says:

    Mmm, these look delicious!

    I usually will go for pancakes or anything carby – especially if it’s seasonal and has pumpkin in it, haha.

  • Lisa P says:

    My favorite “splurge” breakfast is Irish Eggs Benedict, aka Eggs Benedict with REAL corned beef hash. Yum!!

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m not a huge breakfast person but when I was pregnant I would get IHOP’s cinnabun pancakes with a side of strawberry sauce and I still eat it :) This book would be great since my husband is constantly telling me I don’t cook enough breakfast for him…sorry if I just like cereal!

  • Jodi says:

    These look delicious, thanks for the recipe! I’ve been on a huge bacon kick especially for breakfast! This will be a nice way to eat it all day long! :)

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    These look fantastic! I will never get tired of bacon in sweets!

  • Sara G says:

    My favorite breakfast is from a cafe & bookstore in Boston MA (it’s called the Trident)… two fried eggs, canadian bacon, raspberry jam, and cheddar cheese, sandwiched between two slices of challah bread french toast and drizzled with real maple syrup… heaven!! But when I can’t get that, anything with bacon will do :)

  • Heather says:

    This looks like an awesome cookbook, thanks for the giveaway!

  • Karen says:

    My mom makes this incredible breakfast strata that has eggs, swiss, potatoes, bacon or ham, onions, and I can’t remember what else. It’s SO good. I enjoy breakfasts that combine a little bit of everything in one package, such as breakfast burritos, but the strata’s still the best!

  • Marissa Kubinski says:

    I love making muffins for breakfast. Simple blueberry muffins is a staple in our home. Great giveaway!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    These look so gorgeous, Julie! I’m so excited about Lindsay’s new book!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Fave breakfast item is pancakes or waffles!!

  • Lauren says:

    I love waffles! For breakfast OR dinner :)

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    I love the sound of these. Cupcakes for breakfast? I think so!!

  • Lisa says:

    I love waffles… I love them plain and I love how versatile they are for different topping options!

  • Daisy Silva says:

    When I am home and making a big breakfast I love having blue monkey or pumpkin pancakes (both recipes from the little grill collective)! When I am out I usually get the local favorite or eggs Benedict, preferably with the restaurant’s twist! :)

  • Josie says:

    Big fat belgian waffles with strawberries and whip cream are my favorite breakfast item. I can eat those anytime!

  • Julia says:

    I love oatmeal topped with blueberries and honey for breakfast. These cupcakes look amazing! :)

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