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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  • Monica says:

    Tough question because there are so many delicious breakfast options. As much as I bake, I prefer savory most days for breakfast. A ham and egg sandwich with toasted english muffin is my stand-by favorite.

  • Heidi Babi says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! My favorite breakfast item is biscuits and gravy, but if I can’t get that, eggs benedict will do. :) Especially if it includes spinach, tomato, and avocado.

  • Culinary Collage says:

    My favorite breakfast is Biscuits and Sausage Gravy……yum!

  • Teri K says:

    Whole wheat English muffin filled with egg, cheese and smothered in pesto. Yum!

  • Anastasia says:

    Eggs over easy on anything :)

  • jane v says:

    i love breakfast, brunch and anything in between. My favorite breakfast is stuffed french toast.

  • PAULA says:

    Mmmm….mmmm..mmmmm!!! One of my favorites breakfasts is ‘Dutch Babies’!! I like the ones with Fresh Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Strawberry butter. OR you can just sprinkle with powdered sugar and a little lemon. OR Anything really…my daughter-in-law likes to sprinkle hers with choc. chips and put back in oven to melt them a little. Easy to do for when you have company~ put batter in blender, poor into individual pans or one big pan. Set out a few different condiments listed above. it’s light and fresh and beautiful!! I guess I would call it a ‘Dutch Baby Breakfast Bar’. Fun! Oh, any flavored butters are expecially delicious!!

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  • Kelly says:

    I am defiantly a pancake girl! Love all your recipes

  • Kelly says:

    I love waffles! We make wheat brown sugar waffles and as a matter of fact, it is on the menu for dinner tonight!!!

  • Kim says:

    These recipes look yummy! My favorite “splurge” breakfast is pecan waffles with real maple syrup. My favorite normal breakfast is overnight oatmeal with cocoa powder, PB2 and a banana mixed in.

  • naomi says:

    pancakes for sure – it’s almost cake-like and always acceptable for brinner!

  • Jane Wineteer says:

    Thanks for a wonderful blog! The new cookbook looks like a dream.

  • Makani says:

    I love to cook, I love breakfast and what could be better than breakfast twice a day!!! I’d love a copy of the book!

  • Makani says:

    Oops, forgot to mention my favorite breakfast: huevos rancheros!

  • jeannette says:

    I ADORE pancakes and eggs a a bfast sausag link. Nommmmm

  • Laura says:

    Favorite breakfast is cinnamon rolls!

  • Leah says:

    Breakfast is my favorite meal, so it is so hard to choose just one dish! I would have to say that a batch of buttermilk pancakes with real butter and maple syrup are the best!

  • Jill Hartley says:

    My favorite breakfast… dippy eggs… hashbrowns that are a little spicy and maple sausage. YUM

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    Totally amazing book and cupcakes! My favorite breakfast is a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes, eggs and bacon. All-American can’t be beat!

  • Phyllis says:

    Favorite breakfast is a BLT. I only have it in summer when I have fresh garden tomatoes & lettuce from the garden. It’s just not the same with store bought tomatoes.

  • Lily says:

    My favorite breakfast item is the New York Style Crumb Muffins which I recently made off your blog. Everyone in my family loves it!

  • Barbara says:

    My favorite breakfast item is crispy hash browns. I just love potatoes any way I can get them!

  • Jules says:

    French toast! (Thank you, Julie!)

  • Leslie says:

    I’m sorry to say that my favorite breakfast is leftover dessert,often cookies, and loads of coffee.

  • Christine Crippen says:

    Hashbrowns are my favorite breakfast item! So versatile. Can make into a casserole or fry them up crispy!

  • Jessica says:

    My favorite breakfast food is a huge plate of buttermilk pancakes loaded with chocolate and peanut butter chips!

  • Cristin Grant says:

    This recipe sounds so tasty! I can not wait to make them. My favorite breakfast item is an egg white omelette with spinach, mushrooms and avocado. Splash a little Tabasco on top and you are good to go!!!

  • Audrey Providence says:

    Waffles are my favorite breakfast food. I could eat them every day!!!

  • Eli Pennington says:

    Banana Oatmeal Choc Chip muffins with eggs are always a fav!

  • Hannah says:

    Bacon, of course!

  • SharonK says:

    Favorite breakfast? A poached egg … on top of just about anything.

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks says:

    These look sooo good! (p.s. count me out for the giveaway- I’m in Canada :( )

  • Victoria says:

    My favorite breakfast item is……Coconut pancakes with lots of butter and coconut syrup….yummmmm!

  • Janet says:

    My favorite breakfast item is scrambled eggs with delicious add-ins. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Arjan says:

    My favorite thing for breakfast is avocado toast w/ sriracha.

  • Sandy says:

    Coffee first please and then we can start to think about breakfast.

  • Melissa says:

    It’s a tie between pancakes or french toast. Both however taste the best with a side of bacon and a lot of syrup!

  • Kate W says:

    Sausage! I can’t help myself, I know that it’s not good for you, but it’s delicious! (and the turkey kind is ok, but just not the same)

  • Amanda D says:

    mmm breakfast for dinner is my favorite! or breakfast for any meal of the day for that matter… :)

  • jessica w says:

    I LOVE Crepes with either nutella or jam on them

  • JD Northwest says:

    I love a good french toast with homemade jam or fruit.

  • Sue Avery says:

    Eggs…any way, any how, in any form…I love eggs for breakfast!

  • Sue says:

    Eggs…in any form with bacon

  • Michelle says:

    Bacon. Bacon is my favorite breakfast item. And CRISPY hash browns! Yum!

  • Karen D says:

    Weekends, eggs benedict, weekdays, scrambled egg burrito

  • Carmella says:

    Belgian Waffles with maple syrup…and bacon!

  • Liz (The Tar Heel Cook) says:

    Love your recipes and comments! Would love to have a copy of “Breakfast for Diner”.

  • sararh k. says:

    I usually have fresh fruit or oatmeal for breakfast which I love, but my very favorite is apple fritters.

  • Melissa M says:

    I love pumpkin pancakes!!! with a nice cup of coffee :)

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