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!

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    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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    Ingredients

    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

    Instructions

    • 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.

    Notes

    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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  • MAC says:

    Belgian waffles! Though I can’t turn down a fresh, gooey cinnamon roll!

  • Rebecca says:

    I could eat breakfast for every meal! After running a big race I like to go for chicken & waffles (also great for dinner). Otherwise, my standard breakfast is scrambled eggs so if I’m out for brunch as a treat I will get some french toast with powdered sugar and plenty of maple syrup. YUM!

  • Joe says:

    Bacon and eggs

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

    Your cupcakes look incredible, Julie! And, as you know, steak and eggs in my morning time fave! xx

  • Mary says:

    Anything with bacon is my favorite.

  • Angie says:

    I love eggs benedict!!

  • Jennifer G says:

    My favorite breakfast item would be anything with blueberries, so pancakes, waffles or French toast would all work here!

  • Rowena says:

    Corn beef hash!

  • Catherine says:

    It’s got to be Crab cake Eggs Benedict from my favorite brunch place! To die for!

  • Chin S. says:

    My favorite breakfast item is bacon, although I’m happy to eat it with any meal.

  • Amy says:

    I love French Toast!

  • Glenda says:

    Tough because we eat breakfast food a lot here…probably have to be pancakes-a regular for breakfast or dinner!

  • Michelle says:

    I am a huge bacon and eggs girl

  • Lucia says:

    I love these vegetarian, relatively low-sodium breakfast burritos that I make. Homemade salsa, scrambled eggs, spicy potatoes, and some sharp cheddar on a warm tortilla. :)

  • kamaile says:

    Mmmm…we <3 breakfast for dinner at our house. We do BFD at least once a week. My favorite breakfast food is probably french toast. Or maybe bacon and eggs with maple syrup. Yum

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker says:

    I can’t decide between fried eggs or baked eggs either way –eggs!

  • stephanie says:

    I love my kale and shirataki omelette!

  • Laura says:

    Breakfast tacos are definitely my favorite breakfast item. I can eat them any time of day, and there is unlimited possibilities as far as variations go, so they never get old!

  • Lindsay says:

    My favorite breakfast food…..pork roll egg & cheese!!

  • Julie says:

    Tweaking breakfast into dinner is an awesome idea! My favorite breakfast is usually waffles/pancakes with fresh fruit and a healthy (unhealthy?) dose of maple syrup along with a giant glass of cold milk.

  • Audrey B. says:

    Popovers! I would eat popovers every day if time and my diet allowed it.

  • bethany says:

    Can you believe it, but I don’t like breakfast foods!! BUT my family loves them!! I always make a big breakfast on the weekends!

  • Sarah says:

    My favorite breakfast is called Potato Skins Benedict – cheesy potato skins filled with bacon, topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.

  • Natalie S says:

    I love eggs and toast for breakfast!

  • Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds says:

    My favorite breakfast items, by far, are doughnuts. I am super partial to Krispy Kreme, but I’m really just a fan in general.

  • Jari Francis says:

    Love eggs Benedict for breakfast, or brinner!

  • Erin B says:

    I am a newly converted grits lover!

  • Jenn says:

    My favorite breakfast food is waffles

  • Stacy johnson says:

    I love chocolate chip banana pancakes!

  • MrsAB says:

    Julie, I love blueberry pancakes with real butter! And I can’t forget my belgian waffles. Yummy!

  • Abby says:

    I love love oatmeal for breakfast. And pancakes for dinner. (Or both for dinner).

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love pancakes if I’m feeling indulgent… granola, muffins or scones for week days.

  • Chelsey says:

    French toast! So delicious

  • lisa says:

    for breakfast, I love strawberry waffles. :) The loco moco is also delicious!!

  • Erica says:

    My favorite breakfast as of late is hash browns over easy eggs and bacon on top layered so the yolk runs over everything, 2 homemade from scratch buttermilk pancakes on the side with local pure maple syrup. Yum!

  • Karen says:

    These cupcakes look amazing- if this counts as breakfast, I am in and waking up early in order to eat seconds.

    My favorite breakfast foods are definitely the sweet ones: pancakes with maple syrup, waffles, and French toast. They are like little treats (AKA dessert for a meal)

  • Renee @ Awesome on $20 says:

    Whenever we go out for breakfast, I can never decide if I want French toast or eggs benedict. I love them both.

  • Mimi says:

    I love having breakfast for dinner–can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  • Roberta Breuer says:

    My favorite of all time breakfast item is a farmer’s casserole that I’ve been making for years – it has no bread in it but it DOES have shredded potatoes, cheese and lots of gooey goodness!!

  • Cate says:

    Those sound like heaven. They might even beat out my other breakfast favorite of French crepes!

  • Susan says:

    I love Belgian waffles. :)

  • Kristin says:

    Those cupcakes look so yummy! My favorite breakfast food though is chocolate chip pancakes.

  • Becky says:

    Banana bread toasted with peanut butter … yum!

    Great blog, Julie! Congrats on your upcoming wedding – I know we are all excited to see pictures! :)

  • Linda S. Gallagher says:

    My absolute favorite is pancakes, especially corn pancakes with peach salsa. Yummy.

  • Lea Ann says:

    Waffles are my favorite. Sweet or savory, I like both!

  • Laura H says:

    My favorite is definitely french toast! Preferably with cinnamon butter and powdered sugar. :)

  • Herlin says:

    Pancakes, no doubt. With fresh berries and maple syrup drench with sea of butter. Who needs a diet?! ;)

  • Lesli says:

    My favorite breakfast is eggs Benedict made on a puff pastry instead of English muffin..yum

  • Trina A says:

    I love vanilla french toast!

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    Favorite breakfast item! So hard! Of all time? Probably crepes! Ive been eating them for as long as I can remember!!

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