I know what you’re thinking though — I thought the same thing too. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about the whole bacon as garnish thing, but I decided to take one for the team and give it a try – just as the recipe described.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. maple extract
1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Line muffin tin with baking liners.
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, and eggs until combined. Then add maple extract. Alternate between whisking in flour mixture and milk into liquid mixture. Make three additions of flour and two of milk. Beat until smooth.
Divide batter into prepared pan and bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool cupcakes for 10 minutes, remove from pan and allow to cool completely before frosting.
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
Pinch of salt
1 tsp maple syrup
4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
4 slices bacon, cooked
Beat together cream cheese, butter and salt until creamy. Add maple syrup. With mixer on low, add sugar 1/2 cup at a time until light and fluffy. Increase mixer speed between additions. Frost cupcakes. Cut cooked bacon into 1 inch pieces and garnish cupcakes.
Is it a Keeper?
Wow! These were delicious! It was just like having breakfast in a little foil wrapper! YUM! The frosting had just a hint of maple flavoring — not too overpowering. And, the cupcakes had a subtly cinnamon-y-ness. Like I said, yum!
Oh, and the bacon on top…I honestly thought it would be a little weird/gross, but, surprisingly, it wasn’t. It was pretty good. The saltiness of the bacon was a nice contrast to the sweetness of the frosting. It got a thumbs up in my book!
This recipe is definitely a keeper!
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