FRENCH TOAST BACON CUPCAKES WITH MAPLE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

Hello everyone! Sorry I have been behind schedule the last several days. I am in the process of renovating my daughter’s room. I will definitely post pictures up once it is fully completed. Here is a sneak peak of the process:

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However, for today’s post lets talk about a mixture of sweet and savory. I do not know about you guys but I love bacon! Now have you ever tried a bacon cupcake? It is like eating a french toast and a bacon all in one and can be eaten at any time of the day. I believe I saw a similar recipe to this from the Food Network. The sweet and salty flavors all complements itself.

bacon cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted then cooled
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp maple extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
10-12 slices bacon

Directions:
Cook bacon in a fry pan until fully cooked and crispy. Turn the strips out onto paper towels when done and set aside to cool.  Cut a couple of strips of bacon into 1 inch pieces on a diagonal, to be used as garnish.  Finely chop the remaining bacon. Then, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into a small bowl. In a large bowl beat together butter, sugar and eggs on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.  Feel free to sub bacon fat for a small portion of the butter.  Add the maple and vanilla extracts.  With the mixer running at medium speed, alternately add in flour mixture (3 additions) and milk (2 additions), starting with the flour mixture; beat until smooth.  Fold in chopped bacon until evenly distributed.
Scoop batter into muffin tin lined with paper cupcake liners. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until passing the toothpick test.  Place on a rack to cool.

Maple Buttercream Frosting:
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 sticks butter
4 oz. cream cheese
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 t maple extract
pinch salt

In a bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Add maple syrup, vanilla, maple extract, and salt, and beat until fully incorporated.  Add confectioner’s sugar, one half cup at a time until reaching desired consistency.  Beat until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Frost or pipe onto cooled cupcakes.  Garnish with inch-long bacon pieces.

bacon cupcakes

I hope you all enjoy this recipe. I know it might sound kind of odd to add bacon to a dessert, but you will be surprise how delightful it is. If you make these let me know how they turn out and take some photos to share with everyone.
Last thing I would like to mention, I have a surprise for all my followers! YAY!!! I will give you guys more details tomorrow. Please stay tune.

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