C.J. Sharpless Recipe

Maple Bacon Cake

By C.J. Sharpless cjsharpless

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C.J.'s Story

Bacon addicts, unite! This cake tastes like pancakes and bacon together - yes it is a lot of butter... and an entire pound of bacon, but is it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!!
Now that I have made it once, everyone wants it for their birthday!
Future plans: try making it pineapple upside down variety, with bacon of course!


1 lb
maple bacon (not maplewood smoked)
1 box
butter yellow recipe cake mix
2/3 c
1 1/2 stick
1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 c
maple syrup
1 stick
1 1/2 c
confectioners' sugar (or more for spreadable consistency)
1/8 c
maple syrup (or 1/2 tsp. maple flavor)

Directions Step-By-Step

Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces, cook over med-low heat in skillet - don't make it "crunchy" by cooking too much! Cool on paper towels to absorb excess grease.
Set aside.
PREHEAT OVER TO 350*, Butter and flour two 9" round cake pans.
Make the cake according to directions on box, using the 3 eggs, 2/3 cup water, and one stick of softened butter.
Coarsely mix in half a stick of softened butter with the brown sugar, and sprinkle evenly on the bottom of the cake pans keeping away from the edge about a half inch. Drizzle the syrup over the sugar. Divide the batter among the two pans, pouring over the syrup/sugar mix. Bake for 23-25 minutes, check for doneness with toothpick.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes (no more!)and invert cakes out of pan carefully onto plates to cool completely.
Take about 2/3 of the cooled bacon and dice VERY fine.
FROSTING: Beat one stick butter til creamy, add confectioners sugar one half cup at a time. Add the syrup, being aware of the consistency.
frost the gooey side of one cake, sprinkle with the finely diced bacon, top with other cake gooey side DOWN on the bacon. Frost the entire cake and top with remaining 1/3 of the bacon pieces.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Collection: Bring on the Bacon!
Other Tag: For Kids

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Theresa Schmierer theresaus
Nov 21, 2013
I made this for a colleagues 50th Birthday Cake! I made in two layers but rectangle and doubled the recipe. It was amazing and everyone loved it. This did take me way longer than the required time but well worth it.
Tanya White brwnielvr
Dec 6, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Tanya White brwnielvr
Dec 6, 2011
Really liked it C.J. Thanks for sharing this recipe. when I make it again, I may try the butter cream frosting :)
C.J. Sharpless cjsharpless
Dec 5, 2011
How'd it go, Tanya? I admit, I go "skinny" on frostings usually.
I have to make it a few more times to make it better.
I cheated on a weekend at a cabin - same cake mix, added maple syrup on top of uncooked cake in 9x13 pan. Bake per box. Bought can of good butter cream frosting, and after frosting top, sprinkled diced maple bacon on top and drizzled with more syrup. It went quickly!
Tanya White brwnielvr
Nov 23, 2011
I meant that I "can't" wait to cut into it :)