French Toast Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

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Breakfast as a cupcake?  Sounds heavenly!  My good friend, Lisa, gave me this recipe and it sounded divine.  What’s not to love about French toast and maple syrup…and even a little bacon?!?!

I know what you’re thinking though — I thought the same thing too.  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about the whole bacon as garnish thing, but I decided to take one for the team and give it a try – just as the recipe described.

The Recipe

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. maple extract
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Line muffin tin with baking liners.

Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl.  In a large bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, and eggs until combined. Then add maple extract.  Alternate between whisking in flour mixture and milk into liquid mixture. Make three additions of flour and two of milk. Beat until smooth.

Divide batter into prepared pan and bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and tops spring back when lightly touched.  Cool cupcakes for 10 minutes, remove from pan and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
Pinch of salt
1 tsp maple syrup
4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
4 slices bacon, cooked

Beat together cream cheese, butter and salt until creamy. Add maple syrup. With mixer on low, add sugar 1/2 cup at a time until light and fluffy. Increase mixer speed between additions.  Frost cupcakes.  Cut cooked bacon into 1 inch pieces and garnish cupcakes.

Is it a Keeper?

Wow!  These were delicious!  It was just like having breakfast in a little foil wrapper!  YUM!  The frosting had just a hint of maple flavoring — not too overpowering.  And, the cupcakes had a subtly cinnamon-y-ness.  Like I said, yum!

Oh, and the bacon on top…I honestly thought it would be a little weird/gross, but, surprisingly, it wasn’t.  It was pretty good.  The saltiness of the bacon was a nice contrast to the sweetness of the frosting.  It got a thumbs up in my book!

This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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28 thoughts on “French Toast Cupcakes with Maple Frosting”

  1. Came back to let you know that I’m featuring you this week for my Friday Favorites. Come and grab my featured button if you’d like one!

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  2. I’m totally intrigued! These look wonderful! It definitely sounds like something I’d like to try. Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week! Hope to see you again this week!

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  3. I think in this case it would be alright to have dessert for breakfast. That bacon sounds like it would add just the right salty touch to the sweet.

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  4. French Toast is my all-time favorite breakfast so I know I would love this! And even the bacon sounded good to me! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up the recipe to the party this week!
    Vanessa

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  5. well–i do like to dip my bacon in maple syrup..so this wouldn’t be too weird for a sweet tooth like me. cupcakes for breakfast seem completely normal 🙂 thank you for linking this darling and creative recipe to tuesday night supper club!

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  6. These look gorgeous and the recipe sounds delicious. The bacon is an interesting twist – I bet it’s lovely though – a sweet / salty combo is almost always tasty!

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  7. Sounds yummy! I haven’t made any breakfast cupcakes yet, I need to give them a try.
    Thanks so much for sharing on Blog Party, remember you can link to Cupcake Tuesday too 🙂
    ~Liz

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  8. What a clever idea to combine two of my favorite breakfasts! (Three if you count bacon). Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

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  9. You are right about that…you can’t go wrong with only one of the best creations…FRENCH TOAST and muffins!…CUPCAKES! yeah! thanks for sharing!
    -Brittany

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  10. What a fun recipe!
    I’ve seen bacon popping up in everything lately 😉

    I think that I’ll definitely try this recipe, but maybe leave the bacon topping up to each person 😉

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