Maple Bacon Snowman Cupcakes

So one of my oddest tastes is that I hate bacon. It is one of my least favorite things. It’s just too strong for me. One of my friends always calls me un-American because of my dislike of bacon, others just call me weird. We have a party once a year for our friends where I make all the food and it’s the one time a year that I make bacon for my friends and husband. This year I decided to make maple bacon cupcakes for everyone. Just for fun, I decided to have them look like snowmen. You have to really like sprinkles for this to work so you may not want to put it on all of them. You can use the decoration on any cupcake as long as it has white frosting. Hope you enjoy these as much as they did (I got one person saying these were the best cupcakes they ever had). I was inspired by Sally’s Baking Addictions, tablespoon, and cupcakes take the cake for various parts of this cupcake. If you don’t have time to make the cupcakes you can feel free to do the decorations on store bought cupcakes, no one has to know they weren’t homemade!

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For the maple bacon cupcakes you need (12 cupcakes):

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

2 egg whites

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt (1/2 container)

3/4 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 strips cooked bacon chopped up

2 tablespoons maple syrup

For the maple frosting you need:

3 ounces cream cheese

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (you can add/subtract sugar to your liking)

For the decorations you need:

Reese’s pieces

white/crystal sprinkles

mini chocolate chips

regular sized chocolate chips

To start with preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake tin.

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Melt the 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter. Then mix in the 1 cup of sugar.

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Add 2 egg whites, 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt, 3/4 cup milk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla and whisk vigorously until well combined and a consistent texture. Then add 1 2/3 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix until well combined. Then add the 2 tablespoons maple syrup and the 8 pieces of bacon all cut up. Mix together and scoop into the cupcake liner and put in the oven.

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Bake for 20 minutes.

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Next make the frosting. Put the 3 ounces of cream cheese and 2 sticks of unsalted butter in a stand mixer and cream for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (or enough until you like the frosting) and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Put on the cupcakes using a disposable pastry bag or ziploc bag with a bit cut off.

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To make them look like snowmen spread the frosting to the edge of the cupcake.

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Fill a plate or shallow bowl with the white or crystal sprinkles.

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Put the cupcake in the sprinkles.

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Then put an orange Reese’s pieces in the center of the cupcake.

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Put two upside down chocolate chips where the eyes should go.

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Use miniature upside down mini chocolate chips to make a mouth.

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Now you have a cute and happy snowman. I hope you enjoy this and use it to spice up your holiday cupcakes to make them extra festive. Enjoy the holidays! Only 8 more day! Remember to live and let’s create!

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