Maple Bacon Pancake Cupcakes

21 Dec

I feel like a bad parent.  I haven’t taken my kids to get their picture with Santa yet.  There is something about having those cute little pictures with the jolly ol’ Saint Nick that makes parents a little crazy.  Like waiting in line for hours with screaming kids dressed in ridiculously high maintenance outfits.

Last year we waited in line forever and Little Miss wanted nothing, I mean NOTHING to do with the fat dude in the red suit.  She wouldn’t even look at him.  Little Mister really didn’t care.  He went, sat and we got a cute picture.  Paid way too much and went home.
This year for some reason I just haven’t done it yet and the clock is ticking.  But I’m a little nervous I will wait in line for hours with 2 small kids get up there and neither of them will want anything to do with Santa.  I guess I just need to bite the bullet and do it.
When I saw this recipe a while ago I knew I had to make it. It’s literally a pancake topped with maple buttercream and bacon.  Ummm yes, seriously.

VERDICT

The pancake was good but you need something in the pancake to break it up.  They were so cute and were great for brunch because I could make them the night before. The maple buttercream was good but next time I would have added a bit more maple syrup or a little more icing sugar.  I found it a little too buttery.
Recipe – 12 cupcakes very slightly adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
2 c all purpose flour
1 tbs granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 c milk
1 tbs maple syrup
2 eggs
2 tbs butter melted and cooled
1/2 c bacon cooked and chopped
Maple Bacon Buttercream
1 c butter – room temp
1/4 c real maple syrup and more for drizzling.
2 1/2 c confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c bacon cooked and chopped
Preheat oven to 400 F.  Line a 12 muffin tins with cupcakes liners.  Spray the inside of the liners with non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.
In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, bacon and salt together.  In a separate small bowl mix melted butter, milk, eggs and maple syrup.
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in your wet mixture.  Mix together until the wet and dry are incorporated.  Lumps are fine.
Divide evenly between your lined muffin tin.
Bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Maple Bacon Buttercream
In the bowl of an electric mixer cream butter on medium speed until fluffy.  Add in confectioners by placing a fine mesh sieve over the butter bowl.  This will help reduce the lumps in your icing.  Add in vanilla and maple syrup.  Mix on medium until well incorporated.  If you find it a little too thick add more maple syrup.
Pipe onto cooled pancakes.
Sprinkle bacon and maple syrup over top.

**Did you notice that I actually piped frosting like a normal person?!??!  I’m pretty proud.  lol

Enjoy!
Before they get all dressed up

 

One Response to “Maple Bacon Pancake Cupcakes”

  1. Joan Hayes@chocolate and more January 17, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    I could turn into a breakfast eater with these! Had to pin, and share on FB! And will now follow you like a lost puppy dog!

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