Baking bacon and maple syrup cupcakes

My friend Jamie made bacon and maple syrup cupcakes which I saw on Facebook and they looked AMAZING. So I wanted to spend my Saturday doing some baking. They were seriously good – I would definitely recommend making these. Check out below for the full recipe and let me know what you think!

Ingredients

for the cupcakes

  • 225 grams plain flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 grams very soft unsalted butter
  • 100 grams soft light brown sugar
  • large eggs
  • 75 ml plain yoghurt
  • 75 ml maple syrup

for the maple buttercream

  • 125 grams very soft butter
  • 300 grams icing sugar
  • 100 ml maple syrup

for the bacon sprinkles

  • rashers thin-cut streaky rindless bacon
  • teaspoon oil

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF and line a 12-cup tin with paper cases.
  2. Next fry the bacon rashers in 1 teaspoon of oil until crisp. Remove to a plate lined with  kitchen paper and allow to cool. Once cool, crumble them to resemble sprinkles. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine together flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt.
  4. Cream together the butter and sugar, using a freestanding mixer, handheld electric mixer or just a bowl and a wooden spoon. Then beat in one egg, followed by half the dry ingredients, mixing well before adding the second egg and the remaining dry ingredients. Again, mix well, and then add the yoghurt and maple syrup, beating and folding to give a smooth batter.
  5. Divide the mixture among the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes until a case tester comes out clean.
  6. Turn the cupcakes out on to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
  7. To make the buttercream icing blitz the icing sugar in a food processor to remove any lumps. Then add the butter, blitz again and then add the maple syrup down the funnel with the motor running, till you have a smooth buttercream. If you sieve the icing sugar, obviously all this can be done by hand, too.
  8. Once the cupcakes are completely cool, top with the buttercream, using the back of a spoon to make a spikey effect, and adorn with your bacon sprinkles.

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