Oh bacon, I love you so much.
I love that you can go with the flow and add a bit of umami to sweet and savory food. I love you so much that you are the reason I will never, ever, be a vegetarian despite all my environmental beliefs.
Dear reader, it feels funny blogging about cupcakes with everything that’s going on in my personal life. As much as I’d like to shut down mentally and take a break from the blog for little bit, I’m also happy to have work as an excuse and outlet. I actually wrote this post a few weeks ago, but I’m only getting around to publishing it today. Even if bacon cupcakes aren’t your jam, keep reading because I have an exciting announcement in this post!
Do you feel the same way about bacon? If not, go ahead and click over to one of my vegetarian posts then come back and read the rest of this post to ready my big announcement. If you do feel the same way about bacon, keep reading to the end of the post to get this recipe. Then catch up on all these posts that feature bacon. I mean, is it even possible to make brussel sprouts taste good without bacon? I think not, which is why I love this recipe for roasted vegetables.
I Didn’t Develop This Maple Bacon Cupcake Recipe
It’s not a secret that I don’t back from scratch. I just don’t.
Well, actually, I do bake from scratch because it’s cheaper than buying cake mix. But I don’t do it well. When I bake from scratch, bad things happen. For years I spent lots of time trying to be the kind of blogger that I’m not. I would waste so much time (and money) in the kitchen working on recipes to put on my blog, only to fail over and over again. After many failures, I realized that baking is not my strong suit.
Turns out, you can hire people to create recipes for your blog! This isn’t the first time I’ve done this. Do you remember me sharing a similar story when I published the pumpkin cheesecake recipe?
What Does Blogging Have to do With this Maple Bacon Cupcake Recipe?
To be honest, this personal blogging story doesn’t have much to do with maple bacon cupcakes, but this is my blog and I have a story I want to tell you.
It’s taken me years to feel confident as a blogger. Seven years to be exact. For six of those years I listened to the advice of every blogger who was more successful than me. Then I tried to implement their advice. Guess where that landed me? Stressed out and overworked.
This year I experienced a 1/3rd life crisis that I like to refer to as an awakening. Funny story, I actually drafted this post before I wrote the one on Monday that explained my third life crisis. I wasn’t planning to share everything until my mom landed in the hospital. You can catch up on everything here. This has been the hardest and most rewarding year of my life and I owe it to an emotional breakdown that helped me realize that life should be thoroughly enjoyed, not merely endured.
I knew I wanted to make some changes in my life so I started with my blog. I stopped blogging the way everyone else does and started doing it the way I wanted, including buying recipes like this maple bacon cupcake recipe and telling my audience that I bought it! Moments like these is why The Authentic Blog Project was born.
I wrote a book about my authentic blogging experience!
The Authentic Blog Project is what I’m calling my experience with blogging authentically. I wrote an ebook about jumping off the so called “blogging hamster wheel” and still making money as a blogger. I basically called bullshit on all the inauthentic stuff I was doing to grow my blog and stopped doing it. Turns out, brands love it and have been reaching out to me more than ever with paid work. The Authentic Blog Project is part memoir, part “how-to” make money by working less and being yourself on your blog.
I’m sharing this with you today because I’m excited to announce that my book will launch on January 15th.
To learn more about The Authentic Blog Project head here. I’d love for you to sign up for my email list to be notified of when the book is released. As a bonus, if you sign up, I’ll be giving away a few copies to my readers! Sign up here!
Okay, okay, here is the maple bacon cupcake recipe you’ve been waiting for
Thank you for wading through my story to get to this amazing maple bacon cupcake recipe. You’re the best.
So here it is! Here is this delicious recipe for maple bacon cupcakes. I’ll be honest, my idea of making cupcakes is from a box. However, my Pinterest followers and many of my readers love baking from scratch. Who knows, maybe I’ll find a way to turn a box of cupcake mix into a copycat maple bacon cupcake recipe.
If baking from scratch is your jam, here is this recipe. If it’s not your jam, share this recipe with a friend who likes to bake and ask them to share a cupcake with you. It’s a win/ win, right?
Maple Bacon Cupcakes
- 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
- 1 ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup sugar
- 5 tbsp butter room temperature
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp imitation maple flavoring
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp imitation maple flavoring
- 6 strips of bacon cooked, chopped into 1-2 inch pieces
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In another bowl, mix together sugar and butter until it is light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla and maple extracts, mix again.
- Add eggs, one at, mixing between each addition. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup and milk.
- Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the maple syrup/milk mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing each addition until just combined.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the middle cupcake comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together butter and extracts for frosting until well combined.
- Add powdered sugar and mix on low speed until sugar is combined.
- Mix for 1 minute or so on medium-high speed.
- If frosting is too thick, add a dash of milk, or if it is too thin, add a tbsp of powdered sugar at a time until it is the right consistency.
- Once cupcakes have cooled, frost, and top with a piece of cooked bacon. Enjoy!
Love this recipe? Please help me out and share it! Pin it to your favorite Pinterest board, share it on Facebook. Anything, really! Thanks!