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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  • marla says:

    mmmmmmm……why have pancakes when you can have these CUPCAKES??!!

  • Nancy [email protected] says:

    I would have to say my favorite breakfast item is pancakes, for sure!

  • Megan O says:

    It’s not that I don’t love sweet breakfast items, but for me savory wins. Eggs MUST be involved in breakfast! (preferably over medium)

  • Gail Dorna says:

    My favorite breakfast right now is Canadian Bacon Egg Muffins, Jalepeno Corn Bread Wedges, and Pineapple-Coconut Medley! A Perfect Blend for Spring Task-Masters !

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Now, this is how you should start a Monday! Giddy-up!!

  • Gail Simple Country Life says:

    My favorite breakfast right now is Canadian Bacon Egg Muffins, Jalepeno Corn Bread Wedges, and Pineapple-Coconut Medley! A Perfect Blend for Spring Task-Masters ! A Simple Life in the Country!

  • Ed M. says:

    I LOVE the combination of maple and bacon. These will be for breakfast VERY SOON! I’d love the cookbook for more ideas.

  • Kate says:

    Pancakes of many many different varieties!

  • Nichole Spencer says:

    My favorite breakfast item is either a bagel, any flavor, with butter and cream cheese or an english muffin with peanut butter!

  • Ciel says:

    This cookbook looks fabulous!

  • Alison DeLuca says:

    Plain keffir yogurt with fresh cherries and nuts, and a huge cup of tea.

    Thanks for the opportunity – the book looks great, and I can’t wait to make the cupcakes!

  • Patti says:

    Breakfast egg casserole hands down. Cheese, eggs, bread, bacon (of course) maybe scallions too. Yum.

  • Judy says:

    I love oatmeal for breakfast.

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef says:

    my favorite breakfast is banana pancakes!

  • Carla K. says:

    Favorite breakfast food? It’s got to be chicken fried steak :)

  • Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen says:

    Favorite breakfast is definitely pancakes, with a side of extra crispy bacon!

  • Dawn says:

    My favorite breakfast food is pancakes with warm real maple syrup! Yum! I also like pastries of just about any kind. I guess I have a major sweet tooth! Those cupcakes look wonderful! I may have to bake those for the teachers I teach with!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Wait, did I just see a page in that holy-amazingness cookbook for parmesan beignets? OH MY GOD GET IN MY MOUTH. BTW, Julie, these cupcakes look to-die for! That frosting swirl is oh-so perfect, and then you threw on that candied, crispy bacon .. drool.

  • Donna says:

    My favorite breakfast food is Waffles with peaches and bacon on the side. . . just keep it simple! I have recently discovered you blog and I am really enjoying it!

  • Leigh says:

    Eggs benedict! The regular version or dressed up – roasted red peppers and feta is always a great addition!

    New to the blog and am loving it! Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Wild Child says:

    I love waffles for breakfast, or really anytime!

  • Jolene says:

    I saw “bacon jam” and my heart just stopped. My favourite breakfast is anything egg; probably a fluffy quinoa omlette with tons of leeks, bacon and brie..yummmm

  • Candice says:

    My favorite breakfast item is waffles. Thanks for doing this generous giveaway, Julie! =)

  • Barb says:

    Chocolate, bacon and maple all together!! It doesn’t get any better than that!!

  • Lisa says:

    hands down a fritatta! no better way to use up whatever ingredients you have left in your fridge, and it’s so fast and easy!

  • Those look amazing and I KNOW that’s one wonderful cookbook!

  • linda k. says:

    My favorite breakfast item is bacon… Followed by home fries. So yummy!

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie says:

    My favorite breakfast is bacon cheddar scones!

  • Jackie Inskeep says:


  • terry says:

    BACON!!! bacon bacon bacon bacon!!

  • Kathleen MT says:

    Eggs, cooked ~any~ way imaginable!

  • Mickie Goad says:

    For breakfast I love anything with bacon. I like to cook my bacon in the oven then freeze any strips that are left. Thanks for the opportunity to win this delicious looking cookbook. My daughter often has “breakfast” for dinner–it is so easy to do.

  • Christina M says:

    My all time favorite breakfast item is creme brulee french toast!

  • Angelique says:

    I love pretty much any breakfast food at any time of the day. My favorite though is probably Eggs Benedict.

  • Kim Porter says:

    My favorite breakfast…waffles! Love them savory or sweet.

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    Maple Bacon? Chocolate? Heart stolen. I want one of these so bad!!

    Also – favorite breakfast item, English Muffins. Totally boring, but totally true.

  • Renee says:

    Wow! My kids will love these cupcakes! Someday soon we will have to have them for breakfast! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Shanna says:

    My favorite breakfast since I was a kid is corned beef hash with sunny side up eggs and toast. So bad for you, but oh so good.

  • Nancy N says:

    I know it sounds lame…but oatmeal is my favorite. Although breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day and I love ALL breakfast foods!

  • Eileen says:

    my favorite breakfast food is strata! its easy to prepare in advance and you can put in all the best breakfast foods together in a casserole dish for the perfect bite!

  • Stacey says:

    My fav breakfast item is cinnamon rolls! This book looks fantastic…

  • Bianca says:

    I love a good omelette!

  • Kay says:

    Oh I would say Belgium waffles or peach muffins are my favorite. OK eggs Benedict is also right up there :) I guess it depends on what I recently had, therefore, I would want something else.

  • Heather Christo says:

    breakfast sandwich or really good french toast!

  • Meg says:

    Breakfast sandwiches are my favorite! Scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese on an onion bagel! Delicious!

  • Susan says:

    My favorite breakfast item is oatmeal with biscuits. My mom would make it every Saturday when I was a kid.

  • Alissa says:

    This cookbook looks amazing! Huevos Rancheros are my favorite breakfast food, it’s what started me eating eggs again, you have to love the savory sausage and spicyness for breakfast!

  • Katherine R. @ Tar Heel Taste Bud says:

    These cupcakes look killer! YUM! My favorite breakfast is a classic – buttermilk pancakes loaded with butter and real maple syrup! Delish!

  • Lauren says:

    My favorite must be a an apple annnnd coffee (it isn’t morning without a cup of coffee ;) )

  • Tiffany says:

    Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?! A great egg and bacon sandwich is the way to go!

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