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Maple Bacon Muffin Tops


Maple Bacon Muffin Tops #breakfast #recipe #bacon

Mmmmmmmm. Maple Buttercream and Bacon.


I think I could stop there. That’s really about all I can say to accurately describe this flavor combo. So. Good.

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Ideally, I’d like to eat my Maple + Bacon on top of something deep fried. But frying is an awful lot of effort, and I’m living by short cuts these days. So I did a little digging (not that you really need to do much on Pinterest), and found a baked donut muffin recipe.

You can definitely bake these in a standard muffin tin, but I baked mine in a Whoopie Pie pan (aka Muffin Top Pan). I thought it might make them a little more Donut-like :)

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When you pick these up out of the pan, they feel really dense. And you’re thinking, there’s no way this is even going to come close to comparing to a real donut. But they’ll pleasantly surprise you! While there’s definitely an absences of “airy” that you’d get from frying, they are very fluffy and soft.

And, seriously, this Maple Buttercream is out of this world. You’re going to love it!

Donut Recipe Source: Just Baked

Maple Bacon Muffin Tops


    For the Donut:
  • 12 oz. (24 Tbs.) butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1-3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1-2/3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • For the Maple Buttercream:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp maple extract (vanilla is ok too)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Approximately 24 slices of bacon, cooked


    For the Donut:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer or a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until just mixed in.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
  5. Combine the milk and buttermilk.
  6. With a wooden spoon, Mix the dry and wet ingredients alternately into the butter and sugar mixture, ending with the dry. Mix until well combined and smooth, but don’t overmix.
  7. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the (thick) batter into each well greased tin in your muffin pan.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. For the Maple Buttercream:
  10. Use a hand or stand mixer to beat together the butter, maple syrup, and extract.
  11. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mix well after both additions until smooth.
  12. Assembly:
  13. Spread the maple buttercream over top of each muffin top. Crumble a bacon strip over the buttercream on each muffin top.

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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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17 Responses to “Maple Bacon Muffin Tops”

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on January 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm (#)

    The most amazing muffin EVERRRRRRRR.

  2. The Contessa (Linda) posted on January 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm (#)

    Amazing! Bacon makes anything better. Thanks for sharing. For some reason I can’t pin anything from your site. Is it your button or me?

    • Ashton posted on January 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm (#)

      Hm…. You’re the second person who has said that this month (unless you’re the one who said it before, and I’ve just forgotten! December was crazy, so that’s a possibility :$ ) I’m part of a bloggers pinning group, and no one in that group has had a problem, and they’ve pinned all my posts. And they’re pinning ok for me… but I still wonder what could be stopping you? …hm… are you using the pin it button in your tool bar or are you using the pin it button at the bottom of my post? Either way– I wish they BOTH worked, but maybe this will help me narrow down the problem!

    • The Contessa (Linda) posted on January 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm (#)

      I tried it this evening and it worked just fine. Mi thinkmPonterest has problems sometimes. Thanks. And no I haven’t mentioned it before. I am using your Pinit button.

    • The Contessa (Linda) posted on January 7, 2013 at 10:51 pm (#)

      Excuse the typos. I get going too fast on my iPad. Not only does Pinterest have problems so do I after a long day at work. :-)))

  3. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on January 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm (#)

    Now that is sinful in the best way ever!

  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on January 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm (#)

    this is the kind of muffin top i want!! Kevin would loooooove it if i made these one time. maybe for valentine’s day lol!

  5. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on January 8, 2013 at 11:56 am (#)

    are you kidding me? These have to be the most amazing donuts muffin tops thing I have ever seen! I can’t let my husband see this post or I think he might leave me and come live with you! ha ha ha! This will be the perfect Super Bowl Sunday Breakfast! Thanks for Sharing!

    • Ashton posted on January 9, 2013 at 11:57 am (#)

      Ooooh, super bowl breakfast! Good call :)

  6. Kim @ Just Baked posted on January 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm (#)

    I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I never thought to make them in a muffin top pan. I have one, so I will have to try it! Maple, bacon and donuts? Pretty much the best combination ever!

  7. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on January 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm (#)

    What a great idea to use a whoopie pan! Whenever I see those in the store I always wonder what else they could be used for. Now I know!

  8. TERRI posted on January 26, 2013 at 11:25 am (#)

    i cant pin either and i will try this

  9. Danielle posted on February 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm (#)

    Am I missing the number of eggs?? Step 3 says to beat in the eggs one at a time but I don’t see how many to use.

    • Ashton posted on February 13, 2013 at 1:23 am (#)

      4 eggs, sorry!

    • Danielle posted on February 13, 2013 at 9:42 am (#)

      Np! Just glad I wasn’t going crazy and just really not seeing it. Thank you! Can’t wait to make these for my team at work.


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