Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Bacon Buttercream Frosting

Sheila Devor Recipe

By Sheila Devor dnaexpert

12 Cupcakes
20 Min
10 Min

Pure Pleasure! Who would have thought you could make a cupcake from pancake batter, right? This moist, delicious cupcake along with the maple bacon buttercream frosting will have you wanting to eat these for breakfast! The sweetness of the frosting and that touch of bacon gives this cupcake the perfect trifecta!

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Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is one of those times when bacon really DOES belong in dessert! We loved the maple-bacon flavor in the icing... A great way to start your day!


2 c
all purpose flour
1 Tbsp
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
1 1/2 c
whole milk
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2-3 slice
bacon, crumbled into batter (optional)
1 c
unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 c
powdered sugar
3 Tbsp
maple syrup
1 tsp
vanilla extract
3 slice
bacon, cooked, cooled and crumbled

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a standard muffin pan with liners and then spray the liners with non-stick spray (important step!).
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl; set aside. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the milk and eggs, then stir in the melted and cooled butter. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk together until just moistened and combined. Like pancakes, lumps are okay! Divide the batter between the muffin cups and bake until puffed and firm to the touch, about 10 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then remove cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting, use the whisk attachment of a stand mixer to whip the butter on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the powdered sugar a little at a time, waiting until it’s mostly incorporated before adding more. Once all of the powdered sugar has been added, scrape the sides of the bowl and increase the speed to medium-high and whip until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the maple syrup and the vanilla and whip for another minute or so to incorporate. Add the bacon and mix to combine. Using an offset spatula, spread the frosting on the cupcakes. Top with additional crumbled bacon if desired.
NOTE: You can add a couple slices of crumbled bacon to your batter, as well as some maple syrup if you would like to give that cupcake some extra flavor. Just use your better judgment on the amount you want in the batter. Some folks just like a simple pancake batter thats why I have listed the bacon in the batter as being optional. They are delicious both ways. Enjoy! :)

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Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Oct 20, 2011
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

This is one of those times when bacon really DOES belong in dessert! We loved the maple-bacon flavor in the icing... A great way to start your day!
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deb baldwin messinthekitchen
Oct 21, 2011
Congratulations Sheila on your blue ribbon!
Danelle New Danelle
Oct 21, 2011
Congrats on the blue ribbon, I saw this on my FB feed and had to come "save" it. Looking forward to surprising my family with this recipe! You have managed to combine ALL of my family's favorite things...WELL done, Sheila! I'll report back with the results. Thank You.
Debbie Nally dnally607
Oct 21, 2011
Question could pancake mix be substituted? Thanks
Sheila Devor dnaexpert
Oct 21, 2011
Thank You, Danelle. I can't wait to hear back from you on how yours turned out. And Debbie, I would think that pancake mix would probably be ok, its always worth a try. Let me know it you try the pancake mix and how they turn out. Good Luck! Im sure they will be delicious either way.
Oct 27, 2011 - Kim Biegacki shared this recipe with discussion groups: College Bound Daughters of the KING everything but the kitchen sink
Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Oct 27, 2011
Congrats on winning a blue ribbon.
I love cakes and cupcakes using bacon.
colleen tippie desertlover
Nov 4, 2011
going to try these cant wait.will let you know how they turn out yumm
Rise Ruhl HyacinthB
Nov 12, 2011
I made these for my son just to try to get him to eat breakfast! And it worked. They taste best when they are very fresh.
Nov 16, 2011 - Stormy Stewart shared this recipe with discussion groups: Magic in the Kitchen The Coffee Monkey
Kimberly Hanner k1474
Nov 18, 2011
wow! this sounds so awesome the frosting sounds sooo good!
Cassandra Holdeman cjaysmom
Jan 3, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!