Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Cupcake Challenge Continues - Maple Bacon Pancake Cupcakes

Hello all,

Now to be perfectly honest, I was never really into the whole "maple bacon" idea when it burst on the scene a year or so ago in the form of cupcakes, doughnuts, muffins and pretty much whatever other for it could take. But, with a slew of hungry male co-workers at the computer lab, I knew it was only a matter of time before the question popped up:

Can you make maple bacon cupcakes?

More specifically they asked for maple bacon brownies, but let's just say I wasn't ready for that deep of a plunge. I have yet to even try chocolate covered bacon, though it's supposedly out of this world.

So I hopped on over to another one of my favorite food blogs: Brown Eyed Baker. She pretty much has a recipe for anything, and I always love her recipe roundups (especially around the holidays). Of course, she had the recipe I needed: Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Bacon Buttercream.

Though they aren't bad, I have to say I was expecting more from these, more bacon and more maple to be more precise. Believe it or not I ended up just adding in tablespoon after tablespoon of maple syrup, all to no avail as the buttercream strictly refused to taste like maple. I also ended up crumbling in nearly twice as much bacon as instructed, but honestly who here is thinking "that's way too much bacon" ?

She did write up in her post that she was thinking of retrying the recipe with bacon in the actual cupcake, and I have to say I agree. The cupcake tasted great; it just didn't pack the flavor punch I was expecting.

I have to admit, however, after the Banana Split Cupcakes (I can tell you I lost most of my self control and ate entirely too many of those) it was probably pretty difficult to impress me. Hmm, perhaps if we stuffed the cupcakes with a maple bacon filling! Now there's an idea.

I've linked the recipe above but here it is one more time in case you missed it. I definitely recommend adding in as much bacon as you feel is necessary, even if it means way more than stated.

I usually like to keep things as surprises, but I have to admit I have had a huge craving for Nutella lately and I just found a wonderful recipe for it that I can't wait to try out this weekend.

Check back on Monday for the full details on how it turned out!

Happy Baking!


  1. The cupcakes look tasty! I've made a french toast cupcake with bacon in the batter and used maple extract to get a good maple flavor. I also candied my bacon so it was nice and sweet. I am sure there are many ways to add bacon to a cupcake and I'm with you more bacon is better. :)

  2. I haven't yet tried the maple bacon in a dessert but I'd probably like it. We first tried maple bacon at a bed & breakfast in Maine a couple of summers ago and were instantly hooked. I've also had maple bacon infused bourbon used in a cocktail which sounds ghastly but is amazingly delicious :)

  3. It's my first post here so I'll intro myself... I'm Lisa (30) from the UK. We're friends on FoodBuzz so came to check out your site. Fantastic! I'm now your newest subscriber!

    Holy moly these look soooo good. Chocolate covered bacon. Wow, craziness. I don't think I'm ready for that challenge yet neither! These look perfect as a breakfast muffin. I know I'd prefer one of these over cereal anyway!

    Anyway, I'll get to the point... As a new subscriber who has recently found your blog, I think you have a great blog and therefore I've just awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award.

    Please come by my blog and check out your award:

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

    1. Thank you so much Lisa!

      I am Jess (21) and I cannot even tell you that, an an english major, I have been dying to visit the UK for ages. Thank you so much for subscribing and for giving me such an awesome award! It made my day to read your comment :D

  4. omg these are to die for! such a creative cupcake!

    1. Thanks Jenn!

      I mean BrownEyedBaker really came up with it but I'm glad you find them so creative :D I hope you try 'em out for yourself and let me know how they come out !

  5. I love these! Bacon is just so perfect! Especially with the maple!

  6. I love the maple/bacon combination...but I'm most enthralled with a pancake cupcake. I'm basically pancake obsessed...and my brain is going crazy with flavor ideas right now!

    1. Thanks Baking.Serendipity!

      Oh then these will be perfect for you! The cake is just a pancake batter slightly adapted in order to rise more.

      I bet you could customize it to whatever pancake-craving you're feeling at the moment :)

  7. These do look tasty and I would love to have my breakfast in the form of a cupcake. Pretty cool that it is a pancake batter. This really does open the door to a lot of variations. Thanks for sharing this!