Saturday, October 26, 2013

Maple Bacon Cupcakes Recipe

Since Jerrod and I started dating 2 weeks before his birthday, I had that awkward decision of what was appropriate to give him... Do I make a big deal out of it? Do I not? He was also living 3 hours away from me, so I hadn't seen him at all in those 2 weeks.


In true Sierra fashion, I went all out.



I ordered him a limited edition craft beer he was ecstatic about on our first date, made him an "Archer" cake (I literally spent 4 hours dying WHITE fondant BLACK for this cake. That was a clear labor of love) and bought him a Vikings hat (a team that, unbenounced to me, would later become a major obsession.)


He came to Albuquerque for his birthday, shocked at my effort and thought I had put into his birthday. (I gotta say, I'm a real go-getter when it comes to birthdays. My mom is the same way, always has been. If there is one thing I can say about my childhood: My mom made our birthday freaking amazing, every year.)


SO. 2 Years post (fast) dating, marriage and baby... It has become a tradition that I make Jerrod a special cake/cakepops/cupcakes for his birthday. Last year, I made him peanut butter/chocolate cake pops, which he devoured.

And thus, a tradition began.


This year, we were watching Man VS. Food (not sure why) and he was in Portland, OR at Vood-doo Doughnuts. Jerrod imediately started telling me (for the millionth time) how amazing those doughnuts were.


I decided their staple, the maple/bacon doughnut, would be my inspiration for cupcakes this year.





Here's the recipe to these ah-maze cupcakes that almost taste like the perfect breakfast, but better.. because there's FROSTING.




1 BOX Duncan Hines White Cake mix

3 Egg Whites

1/2 Package Bacon

1/3 C. Bacon Drippings (in lieu of vegetable oil)

1 can Pillsbury Whipped Frosting (whipped cream)


Maple Drizzle:

1/2 Cup Confectioners Sugar

2 Tbsp Water

1/2 tsp Imitation Maple flavor



1. Fry bacon in pan of stove top, placing bacon on paper towels after it is cooked. (Save drippings)

2. Prepare white cake with box directions, subsitituting vegetable oil for bacon drippings. Bake as directed.

3. Cool cupcakes, then frost with frosting bag, whipped frosting.

4. Chop bacon and top the frosting with bacon bits.

5. Combine Drizzle ingredients and drizzle on top of cupcakes.

(I mixed them in a measuring cup and used a spoon to drizzle)




These were SO good, Jerrod had to take some to work to share, and they were a hit! The bacon drippings makes these cupcakes fluffier than heaven (I imagine heaven is pretty fluffy), and just subtle enough to bring the flavors full circle. DELISH.

We are like, SO excited, to have a birthday night out. (I've always said, our dates are always incredible, doing nothing special, because parenting makes them that way-- you enjoy the moments 100-fold. A time to goof off and love on each other's cuteness that is sometimes overlooked while rushing from Parent Teacher Conferences, Bible Study and Cheerleading Practice).


So, happy 29th birthday to the love of my life, the man that makes my dreams possible and reason I feel whole, Jerrod.