Bacon Cupcakes Recipe

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To quote Tyler Florence: "Bacon should be an honorary vegetable." In which case, I argue that these are a health food.

If you have a favorite spice cake recipe, feel free to subsitute that in. I think these would be great with an apple spice cake also.



  • Cake:
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter, soft
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • Bacon - 6 to 8 strips; depending on your love of bacon.
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp.
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp.
  • 2 teaspoons Mapleine (or other artificial maple flavor; I use pure maple syrup but you will need to add more. Closer to a tablespoon and a half for the flavor to really come out.)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Milk as needed to achieve consistency


  1. For the cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Crisp your bacon and drain well. I like to cut mine into pieces and then get them nice and crispy. The cake softens them slightly so I don't recommend under cooking.
  4. Sift together all the dry ingredients and set aside.
  5. Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  6. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each. Stir in the vanilla.
  7. Add the dry ingredients in three small batches, alternating with the buttermilk and blending well after each addition. (dry, wet, dry, wet, dry)
  8. Stir in the bacon bits!! Set some aside for garnish later or just make more.
  9. Divide the batter evenly into greased and lined muffin tins, filling each about 3/4 of the way up.
  10. Bake for about 20-25 mins. Until the top springs back to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool completely.
  12. For the Frosting:
  13. Cream together room temp butter and cream cheese until well blended and fluffy.
  14. Mix in the maple syrup and powdered sugar.
  15. Add milk a little at a time to acheive desired consistency. If you go to far, add more powdered sugar to bring it back together.
  16. Garnish with the left over bacon bits.
  17. Try not to eat all of them in one sitting.


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