Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Maple Bacon Cupcakes (Fall Tradition)

Last year, I made some delicious cupcakes for the fall season. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filled cupcakes. They were delicious, a little complicated, and they were so cute. This year, I was thinking of doing that again, another fall tradition cupcake, another fall taste tradition, cupcake. I love cupcakes. Some of the most common fall tastes are maple, pumpkin, carrot, apple, etc. Since I love the tastes of maple syrup and bacon together, and I also love the taste of maple bars, especially the maple bars from Joe's Donuts in Sandy or the maple bars from VooDoo donuts, where they put the strips of bacon on their doughnuts. So delicious. I went on Pinterest, and found the perfect recipe for maple bacon cupcakes with homemade maple buttercream. It took me five hours, but I got them done and they taste delicious. 
What you will need for this recipe:

CUPCAKES-
~2 & 1/2 cup(s): All Purpose Flour
~2 teaspoons: baking powder
~1 teaspoon: baking soda
~1/2 teaspoon: salt
~A dash: ground ginger
~1 stick of unsalted butter (softened)
~1/2 cup: light brown sugar (I added a little more)
~2 large eggs
~1 & 1/4 cups of maple syrup
~2 teaspoons vanilla extract
~1/2 cup of butter milk
~1/4 teaspoon of maple flavoring

MAPLE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
~2 sticks of unsalted butter (room temperature/ put in the microwave for 10 seconds)
~3/4 cup of powdered sugar (I added a little more)
~1 cup of maple syrup
~2 teaspoons vanilla extract
~1/4 teaspoon sea salt
~1/2 teaspoon of maple flavoring

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
For the cupcakes: combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and ginger in a bowl, then set aside. 
Next, get out a larger mixing bowl. In the mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the brown sugar and the butter together. Make it fluffy!
What I did with the butter was I put it in the microwave for 10 seconds, and then cut up in squares to make blending it together easier.
Next, beat in the eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. 
Next, stir in the flour in thirds. Alternate with the buttermilk. I didn't have any buttermilk, so I made a buttermilk substitute: In a liquid measuring cup, put in a tablespoon of white vinegar, or lemon juice. Add in milk till it reaches the 1 cup line and let it sit for 5 minutes. After the five minutes, measure out how much of the butter milk you need, and use it. 
Once it is all stirred in, add in the maple flavoring, and stir that in.
Once it is all stirred, and combined, fill up a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and fill the liners with the batter. 
I have this nifty batter pen that I got from my grandma. You fill up this 'pen' with batter, any kind of batter and you fill up the cupcake liners, or cake pop maker, or make pancakes. You can do anything with this batter pen.
Makes filling the cupcake liners with batter so much easier. 
After all the liners are filled, put the oven for 20 minutes. 
While they are baking, work on the bacon. You will make the frosting later. 
I used turkey bacon. You can use any kind of bacon.
I find turkey bacon to be much healthier.
After the two batches of cupcakes came out of the oven, I started on the butter cream frosting. 
In a mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to blend together all the ingredients of the frosting: butter, syrup, powdered sugar, maple flavoring, vanilla extract and the sea salt. Set the hand mixer on low at first, then bring it up to medium.
You will want to frost the cupcakes right away after the frosting is made. Once the cupcakes are frosted, put them in the fridge, and put the extra maple butter cream in the fridge. The base of this frosting is butter, butter melts... so put them in the fridge. 
After about 20 to 30 minutes in the fridge, take the bacon and tear or cut it into strips. Decorate the cupcakes with the strips of bacon, and viola! You have maple bacon cupcakes.
After putting the bacon on them, I would put them back in the fridge.
Of course I took them outside to take my result pictures!
Could never forget that.
Hope you enjoy!

6 comments:

  1. Greetings, my name is Judith Hootzenbagger. I have currently migrated from the Amish community, to a civilized community deep in the heart of Portland Oregon. This past year I have came to find computer s, the internet and other materialistic items, breaking my beliefs. But stumbling upon your blog has really opened my eyes to seeing that the internet is an okay place. Today I was researching some seasonal fall recipes to cook for my ten children. They were starting to become sick of oats. I tried your recipe, I am not the best cook so they did not come out as well as I expected, most likely because all I have been cooking for the past 40 years is oats, apple sauce and butter and biscuits. You may be asking your self while reading this post, why would a nice Amish women like myself want to move from the Amish and use appliances that are against my former beliefs? Well my answers to that question is YOLO! Thank you so much for your post, it has opened my eyes to the world of cooking and blogging! You have inspired me to blog, I would like to open my own blog on what it was like moving from the Amish to Portland, a non Amish community. I would love to receive and email from you with maybe some pointers or tips on opening a blog since you are very good at it. Thank you so much, please email me at judithhootzenbagger@gmail.com
    Thank you from Judith and my ten childen, Samuel, John, Mark, Mary, Ruth, Sarah, Holly, Roman, Isaac and Jacob! :) Hope to hear from you soon!
    P.S. My oldest soon Samuel, 17 years old, thinks your very beautiful!

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    1. What a lovely comment! Thank you for reading my blog! Oh no! I'm so sorry the recipe didn't turn out. When you said "YOLO", That made me laugh so hard. Cooking, baking, crafting and blogging are wonderful hobbies to pick up. Have you been on Pinterest yet? There are lots of great crafts and recipes on there. I don't have many blog tips... but the ones I do know are to find a lot of blogs, follow them/join their site, and comment on their posts. I use a lot of social networking sites to advertise my blog: Facebook; twitter; Pinterest; Instagram. There are many ways to advertise a blog. As for the 'blogging' part, just write about what interests you, I'm sure once people find your blog, they will ask you questions about your life in the Amish country, and ask how your life has changed, since you migrated. Awww! This is such a sweet comment. Thank you for the views! I will e-mail you sometime in the near future with some sites you should check out and some more blogging tips!

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  2. Do u have a vegan version of this recipe?

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    1. I'm sorry, I don't happen to have one. I am sure you can find one just doing a google search or even if you searched on Pinterest. On Pinterest, they have everything! I'm sorry I couldn't help you more.

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  3. these look delicious!!! and the batter pen is awesome! cant wait to make them!

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    1. Yes! The batter pen is a big help in putting the batter in anywhere. Cake pop maker, cupcake liners, pancakes, drop cookies, I love my batter pen. ;)

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