Super Baconator Cupcakes


Sweet, savory and salty. Your mouth will thank you! Warning: this is not a healthy dessert and any attempts to make it healthy will anger the bacon gods. As with most cooking, using the highest quality ingredients yields the best product. So please use real butter, real (full-fat) cream cheese, and pure all-natural vanilla and maple extracts. Optional: sprinkle tops with coarsely ground salt.)

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
2 dozen cupcakes



  • 24 slices bacon

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

  • 2 cups demerara sugar

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • ½ cup bacon grease

  • 2 eggs


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons maple-flavored extract

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper liners.

  2. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels and crumble. Measure 1 1/2 cups bacon pieces and reserve the rest for garnish.

  3. Stir flour, sugar, chocolate chips, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl; make a well in the center. Whisk coffee, buttermilk, bacon grease, and eggs together in a separate bowl; pour into the flour mixture well. Stir until batter is just combined; fold in reserved 1 1/2 cups bacon. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cupcakes in the muffin tin set on a wire rack.

  5. Beat cream cheese and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Stir confectioners' sugar, maple extract, and vanilla extract into creamed butter mixture until frosting is smooth.

  6. Arrange cooled cupcakes on a serving platter and spread frosting over each cupcake; sprinkle with reserved bacon pieces.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

341 Calories
17g Fat
44g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 341
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 448mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 187mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.