Pancake Cupcakes with Maple-Bacon Frosting

Pancake Cupcakese with Maple-Buttercream Frosting

So, bacon is all the rage right now. Bacon and chocolate, bacon and popcorn, bacon and… pretty much anything. Bacon, bacon, bacon. I’m actually not sure why it’s so trendy now; I mean, isn’t bacon something that most people (aside from vegetarians and vegans) have loved since they were a kid eating breakfast on Saturday morning? I, personally, am one of those lifelong bacon lovers. BLT’s, bacon cheeseburgers, bacon and eggs, bacon and pancakes, bacon in mac n’ cheese, bacon and… pretty much anything. Love. And so these cupcakes? Absolutely love. I thought, what naturally goes better with bacon than pancakes and syrup? Not much else, and so these babies were born.

Pancake Cupcakes with Maple-Bacon Buttercream Frosting

The cupcakes are made from a homemade pancake batter and baked up in a muffin tin. They are light and airy on the inside, just like a wonderfully fluffy pancake should be. The buttercream frosting is spiked with maple syrup and crumbled bacon. It’s important to note that unless you have a large, round decorating tip you are not going to be able to pipe the frosting onto these cupcakes. As you might imagine, the bacon will get stuck in the decorating tip. So just slather it on and call it rustic. And quaint. And then take a huge bite and savor all the salty sweetness in all its glory. If it’s 8am call it breakfast; if it’s 8pm call it dessert. You can’t go wrong either way!

Next time I think I’m going to make a few extra pieces of bacon, crumble them up, then drizzle some maple syrup over, toss together to coat, and then fold into the cupcake batter before filling the muffin cups. The more bacon, the merrier, right?!

What’s your favorite bacon “dish”?

Pancake Cupcakes with Maple-Bacon Buttercream Frosting

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


For the Cupcakes:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1½ cups whole milk
2 eggs
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the Frosting:
8 ounces (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2½ cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 slices of bacon, cooked, cooled and crumbled


1. 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!).

2. 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.

3. 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.

(Pancake batter adapted from How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman)


113 Responses to “Pancake Cupcakes with Maple-Bacon Frosting”

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  1. LimeCake on September 16, 2010 at 5:31 am

    i never knew you could take pancake batter and bake it into cupcakes! that’s really neat! these look delicious with the yummy frosting!


  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on September 16, 2010 at 6:09 am

    I am a self-proclaimed bacon junkie!!


    • Liz @ LBBakes on September 16th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

      It’s true, she really is a bacon junkie. 😉

      I loooove bacon in a turkey BLT!


  3. Eliana on September 16, 2010 at 6:56 am

    You are killing me softly with this one Michelle. It looks incredible and I am feeling pretty bummed that I can’t enjoy this one right now.


  4. Lauren at KeepItSweet on September 16, 2010 at 7:12 am

    those look awesome! do you think they would be too sweet if you left out the bacon?


    • Michelle on September 16th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Lauren, Hmm… the icing is sweet, if you leave out the bacon I might try cutting down on the maple syrup to cut down on the sweet. The cupcake itself isn’t overly sweet though.


  5. Katrina on September 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I can see my family loving these. You’re right, vegetarians sure wouldn’t eat this (me) but it doesn’t mean we can’t bake it!


  6. Rodzilla on September 16, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Wow, great idea for the pancake base. Those look incredibly moist and fluffy.


  7. Marty on September 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Yummy – will be making these this weekend.


  8. Tania on September 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

    These look incredible!
    My favorite breakfast is French Toast with Bacon. Yummy! Also my boyfriend and I have a meatloaf recipe and one of things we do is cover the outside with bacon. Most of the time it is turkey bacon, but it sure is delicious.


    • Brittany on April 24th, 2011 at 8:10 am

      Tania, you need to post that receipe somewhere! I usually don’t like meatloaf, but I think wrapping it in bacon is just the thing I need!!


  9. Lizzy on September 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

    That looks sooo good. I just added it to the list! I LOVE BACON!


  10. Lindsay on September 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Wow! What an amazing idea!! I want one!!!


  11. life and kitchen on September 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Yummmm bacon. It really is everywhere right now. I made bacon waffles last weekend and that salty flavor mixed with sweet is just perfect :)


  12. penandra on September 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    One of the reasons I love your blog is that you think outside of the box . . . while I hadn’t thought of making my pancake batter into muffins (what a GREAT idea for my next brunch potluck!), I have made french toast in my waffle maker AND on my niece’s George Foreman grill . . . the nieces and nephews love it when auntie suggests these “odd” ideas . . .

    I must say that my favorite bacon meal right now is BLTs. I par-cook thick slice bacon in the oven and then layer it in a plastic container for the freezer. I’m still getting ripe tomatoes from my garden and I can have a sandwich within minutes of picking the tomato by slipping the bread into the toaster, the bacon into the micro for a minute and a half . . . yummers!


    • Michelle on September 16th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      Love the idea of parbaking bacon in the oven and then storing it in the freezer. Awesome idea!


  13. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on September 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I haven’t quite warmed up to the idea of baking with bacon yet, but I always like to try new things! These look absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos and recipe!


  14. Becky on September 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    These”cupcakes” would be good for a brunch!! Less messy and more taste, than just pancakes!


  15. Tracy on September 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    These look incredible! I am always on the lookout for more bacon recipes…I agree the more bacon, the better!


  16. RavieNomNoms on September 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Oh, I just totally need to try this! What an interesting idea! They look so good and the batter is so unique for a cupcake!


  17. Heather on September 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Wow! These sound great. Never would have though of bacon with a cupcake, but yummy! My grandmother always said “everything tastes better with bacon”!


    • Michelle on September 16th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      I officially love your grandmother. Wise, wise woman :)


  18. Amanda on September 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Those look delicious! Your buttercream looks so light and fluffy!!

    One of my favorites is a Paula Deen recipe (It’s also a favorite for football Sundays). Bite size pieces of chicken breast wrapped in half-slices of bacon, rolled in a mixture of brown sugar and chili powder, and then baked until crispy and caramelized! I might actually make a batch next time we have a Steelers game on TV here (why do they always have to show the Ravens games??). And maybe some pancake cupcakes for dessert :)


    • Michelle on September 16th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      Oh Amanda, those chicken bites sound so good! Do you have a link to the recipe? Are you in Maryland?


      • Amanda on September 17th, 2010 at 9:53 am

        Here is the link! I live in Northern Virginia, just outside of DC, but when the Ravens or Redskins have a game at the same time as the Steelers, we get bumped! I guess it’s off to a bar again to watch!


        • Michelle on September 20th, 2010 at 9:44 am

          Thanks Amanda, I am definitely going to try those! My boyfriend lives in MD, so we usually go to the bar, but we streamed the game yesterday and hooked up the laptop to the TV. Not perfect quality, but it was great to stay home and watch!


  19. Kocinera on September 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Oh these are so cool! Love the pancake batter. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!


  20. Winelady Cooks on September 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Love the idea of the pancake batter in a cupcake. I’m going to add this to my brunch menu. Much easier to serve than pancakes.

    Thanks so much for sharing,


  21. Shannon on September 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Those chicken bites Amanda is talking about are A-MAH-ZING!!! We usually make them for our Christmas Party every year and that is the one thing my husband looks forward to. Now, with these cupcakes, I am sure he will be super happy!! I can’t wait to try pancakes in cupcake form!!


  22. Julie on September 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Those look so yummy!
    Bacon in brownies is pretty good. Also bacon ice cream. Now I want bacon!


  23. Katie on September 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I am SO definitely going to have to try this. And for the vegetarians in my family I think Ill turn it into another classic: blueberry pancake cupcakes!


    • Michelle on September 20th, 2010 at 9:24 am

      Katie – Awesome idea, I think that would be delicious!


  24. Paula on September 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    How fun are these? Yes, the more bacon the merrier. I love crisp bacon, lots and lots of crisp bacon :)


  25. Nicolemarie on September 17, 2010 at 9:30 am

    WOW ! absolutely amazing, when I first saw the title I’m pretty sure my mouth dropped down to the floor and my heart started racing ! I cant get over the clever-ness of you using bacon, not am I only obsessed with your blog I’am overly obsessed with bacon, and I think you just completed my heart with this recipe, I CAN NOT WAiT to try it ! Thank you brown eyed baker !!!


  26. Adryon on September 17, 2010 at 9:44 am

    My jiggly bits are very excited. I can not wait to make these.

    I will let you know how it goes. Oh my.


  27. Natalia - a side of simple on September 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Since these cupcakes have pancake mix and bacon in them, I’m going to file them under “breakfast recipes.” Sound good? Great. =)


  28. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on September 17, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Love these cupcakes… I definitely think they would pass for a perfectly acceptable breakfast food! Very fun idea.


  29. Ellen@FirednFabulous on September 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    This is almost too much for me to handle. I’m not kidding. There are no words for this ridiculously FABULOUS creation! YUMMM!


  30. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit on September 18, 2010 at 12:53 am

    This takes bacon and pancakes to a new level!


  31. Jenny Flake on September 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

    These are so much fun! Yum!


  32. Michelle on September 18, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Fabulous idea for a Cupcake…love it!


  33. Daniella on September 19, 2010 at 12:58 am

    My boyfriend and I host brinners for our friends all the time. We made the beer waffles with apples last time (and they were delicious), but I think these are definitely on the menu for the next one!

    As a side question, have you ever heard of a cookie called a date-nut swirl? They are my boyfriend’s favorite, but I’ve never had them and haven’t had much luck finding a recipe for them!


    • Michelle on September 20th, 2010 at 9:45 am

      Brinners sound like such a fun idea! I love it, and so happy the beer waffles were a hit! About the date-nut swirl cookie, I haven’t heard of them, but I love all date/nut baked goods, so I am going to see what I can find! Stay tuned.


  34. Jennifer on September 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    My son, Charlie, doesn’t eat a lot of sweets but he loves bacon. He is turning twelve on Tuesday and these are going to be perfect for his birthday celebration. I can’t wait to get baking… or should I say baconing! Thanks!


    • Michelle on September 20th, 2010 at 9:47 am

      Happy Birthday to your son Jennifer! I hope he enjoys these cupcakes as his birthday treat!


  35. bridget {bake at 350} on September 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Wow, wow, wow! Michelle, you never cease to amaze!!!


  36. Jen @ How To: Simplify on September 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    You had me at bacon! Yum!


  37. Maranda on September 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I think I need these right now! Bacon makes everything better! I think it’s the rage now because people are finally figuring out that they can add bacon to, not only savory dishes, but sweet ones as well. Thanks for sharing! I like the addition for the next batch. Great idea!


  38. Stacey on September 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Has anyone tried this recipe with Turkey Bacon? I am not trying to cut calories, but it’s what I have in my fridge and don’t think I need two types of bacon in there.


    • Tania on September 23rd, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      I pretty much stick to buying ONLY turkey bacon and I have found that the results are pretty close when using it to substitute regular bacon. The flavor doesn’t quite pack the punch that real bacon does, but if it’s all you have I personally think it does the trick (maybe add a slice or two for extra flavor). The ONLY thing that I require real bacon for is my clam chowder recipe. No substitutions there!!


    • Michelle on September 23rd, 2010 at 3:51 pm

      I agree with Tania, I think you would be just fine using turkey bacon for this. It’s of course not quite the same, but will still be delicious! :)


  39. Cookin' Canuck on September 23, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Bacon really does make everything better! What a treat these would be.


  40. Stacey on September 25, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks ladies!


  41. Stacey on September 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Ok, I made these for a bake sale and they were a hit! Greasing the liners is definitely a step that CANNOT be skipped (I used PAM and they still stuck a little to the liner a bit). I cannot wait to make these again!


    • Michelle on September 28th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

      Oh yay, always happy to hear when something is a bake sale hit! Thank you for sharing!


  42. maggy@threemanycooks on September 30, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Ha! I have always wanted to try a bacon sweet treat. But it’s funny, we have bacon and maple syrup together all the time – just seems funny when you put it on a cupcake. But I am all about 😀


  43. Kelly on October 11, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Michelle ~ I’m a new (big!) fan of your blog. I found it a few weeks ago when I was looking for a unique brownie recipe to make for my boyfriend. I knew your salted caramel brownies were the right ones for me when the post started by talking about a Pens game! I grew up in Pittsburgh and am in North Carolina now for grad school. My boyfriend’s still in the Burgh and the brownies were just the right thing to take with me on my trip back home. I made a double batch and gave them to friends here in NC, too, and everyone is absolutely in love with them. I don’t even have words for that caramel sauce.

    I just made these cupcakes for a girlfriend’s birthday. She’s a breakfast food junkie ~ in fact when I showed up with the cupcakes she was in the middle of making pancakes for dinner! They are amazing and she loves them. I wasn’t sure if I would since I’m not crazy about syrup on my breakfast meats, but I do. I love them. The plain pancake cupcake is perfection with the super sweet icing and the salty bacon. Next time I think I will put more bacon in the icing. I topped them with another three crumbled slices, but I still wanted more. Not that I have ever seen a food that I thought was bacon-y enough.

    Thanks for two great recipes so far. I can’t wait to try more of your goodies!!


    • Michelle on October 12th, 2010 at 8:51 am

      Hi Kelly, first of all, welcome to the site! So happy to have you! And thrilled to “meet” another Pittsburgher! I’m so glad you (and others) loved the brownies and the pancakes. Safe travels back and forth to NC!


  44. Marty on October 25, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I made these for my husband and his buddies this weekend. They loved them. What’s not to like about bacon. I put more bacon in the frosting – doubled it. Oink Oink


    • Michelle on October 25th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

      Yay for making the boys happy! Glad your hubby and his friends enjoyed these! And more bacon is always better :)


  45. Julie on November 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    This is such a great idea! I just started following your blog and love your ideas!! Can’t wait to try this next weekend in place of our traditional pancakes :-)


  46. foodlvr on January 10, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    So backed up on email. Sorry for the late response on this.

    I also don’t understand all the bacon stuff going on lately BUT I do love it. These look amazing. Never thought of making muffins with pancake batter. Cool idea.


  47. Joe The Baker on March 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Can I substitute 2% milk for the whole milk?


  48. Stacy on March 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    This cupcake is definitely amazing and inspiring. Next, am going to try it with mini m&m’s inside the pancake batter and top with M&M’s. Our favourite cafe does M&M pancakes, will try that and see how it is. But the bacon is divine in these!


  49. Jo on March 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    so i made these this morning and they were very good but I think I made a huge mistake.

    The recipe said to leave the cupcakes in for about 10 minutes but i left them in for 17 minutes because after 10 minutes, the cupcakes were still wet in the middle (i did the toothpick test). Should I have turned off the oven even though the cupcakes were not fully baked yet? The result was they became very dense and chewy when they cooled.

    The frosting was good. I used just 1 stick of butter (didn’t want left over frosting) and it was more than enough to frost all 12 cupcakes. I just halved the amount of powdered sugar and added an extra tblsp of maple syrup. It was quite sweet so i splashed some milk in there to even it out. Once I put the bacon in, the sweetness and saltiness balanced out very well.

    Overall, it tasted amazing but I know I definitely screwed up on baking the cupcakes.


  50. dayana on April 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    i have to make em


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