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Maple Bacon Cupcakes

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Maple cupcakes with rich maple buttercream and crispy bacon. The best sweet and salty treat to ever hit your tastebuds.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CUPCAKES:
  • ½ cups Maple Sugar
  • ½ cups White Sugar
  • 1-¼ cup Plus 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ⅓ cups Shortening
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ cups Sour Cream
  • ¼ cups Milk
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1-½ teaspoon Maple Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ½ Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • ½ cups Plus 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2-½ cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Maple Extract
  • ½ cups Shortening
  • 6 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • 1 pound Bacon, Chopped, For Garnish

Preparation

For the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine maple sugar, white sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix in shortening and butter, followed by sour cream, milk, eggs, maple extract, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.

Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake for 27–30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

For the frosting:
In a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, salt and maple extract. Beat in shortening and cream cheese. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.

Garnish with bacon and maple syrup if desired.

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