Maple Bacon Bourbon Pecan Cupcakes {Simple Bacon Cupcakes}

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Last Updated on August 3, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Maple Bacon Bourbon Pecan Cupcakes is based on the Maple bacon donut! This maple bacon treat is a great addition to cupcake flavors. You are going to love these maple cupcakes with bacon.


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Maple Bacon

Maple bacon isn’t new, in fact, maple bacon has been out for a while. But most know maple bacon as candied bacon you have for breakfast. However what if you put that maple bacon into a cupcake?


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Cupcake Flavors

I really love playing with cupcake flavors. Cupcakes have come a long way since the days of just vanilla and chocolate. Today cupcake flavors come in all kinds like lemon, strawberry and maple bacon cupcakes.


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Maple Bacon Donut

The idea for these maple bacon cupcakes came from a maple bacon donut. In Cleveland, a bakery called Jack Frost Donuts was known for making these maple bacon donuts. One day I tried one and I instantly thought, this maple bacon donut would be good for a cupcake.


Bacon Cupcakes

Disney had a cupcake called Piggylicious Cupcake, The recipe for that bacon cupcakes were on my desk when looking through papers. It reminded me of the maple donut I had and with a  little tweaking, I could make my version of bacon cupcakes. 


Maple Bacon Bourbon Pecan Cupcakes a sweet treat you can have for breakfast! Maple cream cheese icing adorn a delicious bacon filled cupcakes


Silicone Cupcake Liners

I will admit this is my first time making a cupcake with silicone cupcake liners. One the reasons I never used them, I didn’t think I could get the cupcake out the pan right.

However, the design on the OXO ones with the tabs actually made baking cupcakes so much easier. Why have I not used silicone cupcake liners before? That is how easy these silicone cupcake liners made baking up cupcakes!



Maple Bacon Bourbon Pecan Cupcakes a sweet treat you can have for breakfast! Maple cream cheese icing adorn a delicious bacon filled cupcakes


Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

I decided that these should be bacon cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting. I piped on the maple cream cheese frosting onto these maple bacon cupcakes and realized that these maple cupcakes with bacon needed something else.


Maple Bacon Bourbon Pecan Cupcakes a sweet treat you can have for breakfast! Maple cream cheese icing adorn a delicious bacon filled cupcakes


Bourbon Pecan Pie

In my cupboard was a jar of bourbon pecan pie filling. That what was needed to make these maple bacon cupcakes amazing. So I placed bourbon glazed pecans on top of the cupcakes. That bourbon pecan pie really makes the cupcake flavor pop.


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How To Make A Box Cake Moist

I do use a box cake mix when I make cupcakes. How to make a box cake moist? My secret ingredient: yogurt. It makes a boxed cake mix so moist.

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Maple Bacon Bourbon Pecan Cupcakes a sweet treat you can have for breakfast! Maple cream cheese icing adorn a delicious bacon filled cupcakes


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Yield: 12 servings

Maple Bacon Bourbon Pecan Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Maple Bacon Bourbon Pecan Cupcakes is based on the Maple bacon donut! This maple bacon treat is a great addition to cupcake flavors. You are going to love these maple cupcakes with bacon.



  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup bacon grease
  • 1 container Yoplait French vanilla yougurt
  • 12 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

Maple Frosting:

  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Runamok Bourbon Maple Syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Pecan Pie In A Jar


  1. Cook the bacon, and reserve the grease from it. It should be about 1/2 cup's worth.
  2. In a bowl, add the cake mix, eggs, the reserved bacon grease, yogurt, and water.
  3. Mix it all together.
  4. Crumble the bacon and fold it into the cupcake batter.
  5. Line the muffin pan with the silicone liners.
  6. Fill the cavities with the cupcake batter.
  7. Bake the cupcakes according to the box instructions.
  8. When the cupcakes are done, take out the oven and let cool for about 2-3 minutes.
  9. Then take the cupcakes out the muffin pan by the tabs on the silicone liners. Allow them to cool completely.
  10. Meanwhile, make the frosting as the cupcakes cool.
  11. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
  12. Beat in the Runamok Bourbon Maple Syrup.
  13. Slowly add the powdered sugar until all incorporated.
  14. Once the cupcakes are cool, fill the cupcakes with a little bit of the maple frosting.
  15. Then pipe on top the cupcakes the rest the frosting.
  16. Next take out a pecan from the Pecan Pie In A Jar and place on top the cupcakes.
  17. Drizzle on a little bit of the juice from the pecans ontop of the cupcakes.
  18. Serve them up and ENJOY!


You can use regular maple syrup but make sure 100% pure.

I have had a hard time finding the bourbon pecan filling I had originally for this recipe. So I mix into the pecan pie filling 1/2 ounce of bourbon, and still very good.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 525Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 633mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 1gSugar: 46gProtein: 9g

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  • Sandi G
    August 24, 2017

    I didn’t know you were in the medical field. Cancer patients are the most difficult to find veins. They are lucky to have a compassionate person like you to help them.

    • Deanna Samaan
      August 24, 2017

      Yes, almost 20 years. My specialty is hard sticks, so why I can do pediatric draws. It is true cancer patients do have the worse veins, why many will request me because I am “almost” painless. Thank you!

  • cookilicious
    August 24, 2017

    Love thse muffins! They look so tempting. Great pics!

  • Luci's Morsels
    August 24, 2017

    Oh my goodness! I need to try these now! They look delicious and I wish I could smell them too! Yummy!

  • Ginny
    August 25, 2017

    Love that you started with a cake mix. That just seems to make the recipe easier. Love all of your ingredients for these special cupcakes.

  • Brian Jones
    August 25, 2017

    What a great collection of flavours, bacon really does make everything better!

  • Alicia Trautwein
    August 29, 2017

    You just combined all of my favorite flavors in one cupcake…I am in love! These look so delicious! I am going have to make these for myself now! (I may or may not be willing to share,lol)

  • Tanya
    August 29, 2017

    My Kentucky heart says yes to Bourbon. Those look good!

  • Jessica Hughes
    August 29, 2017

    I absolutely love the cause behind this cupcake recipe. Pediatric cancer is so heartbreaking and I am so thankful for my kids’ health. These cupcakes look and sound deliciously decadent and I hope they help raise lots of money for this very worthy cause.

  • Jen Temcio
    August 29, 2017

    It is really cool that OXO is sponsoring fundraising for less toxic pediatric cancer treatments. This incredible recipe would raise a lot of money at a bake sale!

  • Clarie
    August 30, 2017

    Hey only kids? I guess everyone can eat them I am a big foodie.

  • Angela Tolsma
    August 30, 2017

    My husband would absolutely love these cupcakes. It’s great that you are getting together with companies for fundraising. Sick kids is heartbreaking.

  • Gayathri
    August 30, 2017

    Your cupcake looks so perfect and yummy. Hope the bake sale went alright and the turnout was good enough.

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

  • Candy Rachelle
    August 31, 2017

    You are so wrong for this! I should be having eggs, bacon, and toast. But instead, I am drooling over these delish looking cupcakes! About to print out this recipe!

  • Elena
    August 31, 2017

    I admire every person that works with cancer patients. It takes a lot of courage and brave heart to do that.

  • David Elliott
    September 1, 2017

    I first have to say how amazing this recipe looks. Just looks incredible and delicious. As far as the silicone cups I am going to have to try these out. I have had entire cake pans and pot holders made of them but not little cupcake wrappers. They worked well for the other items so I will definitely be checking this out.

  • Cynthia
    September 1, 2017

    These cupcakes look decadent! I’ve been meaning to start improving my baking skills, and I am so in the mood for cupcakes! I had to google what a phlebotomist is, you must have a heart of gold for working with cancer patients!

  • Chei Pangan
    September 1, 2017

    Wow! This cupcake looks so delicious! My kids will surely love this for breakfast.

  • [email protected]'s Dinnertime Dish
    September 1, 2017

    These look so decadent and delicious! I love the sweet and salty combination!

  • Dan from Platter Talk
    September 1, 2017

    As if I ever need a reason to drool over a decadent cupcake, the impetus behind this creation is as noble as can be. What a beautiful expression of empathy and taste you have put together with these incredible looking treats. Very nicely done, Dee!

  • Christie
    September 3, 2017

    You had me at bourbon! These look DIVINE and that kit looks so simple to use. I’m off to look for one!

  • Madi
    September 3, 2017

    These cupcakes are so gorgeous! I can’t wait to make a batch this weekend!

  • Debra C.
    September 4, 2017

    What a wonderful cause for you to support. I can’t imagine how brave those little children are and how difficult it is for them and their family. Thank you for all that you are doing to support this! The cupcake look AMAZING – what a delicious recipe to share!

  • Aunt Bee
    September 4, 2017

    These look like the best cupcakes ever and what a wonderful cause for you to support!!!! <3

  • Sandra Shaffer
    September 4, 2017

    Such a fabulous cause to support and boy do those cupcakes look delicious! Love the unique combination of flavors!

  • Jennifer A Stewart
    September 4, 2017

    The small town I just moved from has so many kids with cancer. Two of my son’s teachers each lost a child before they were 6. This is an amazing charity and cupcake recipe too!!

  • Michaela Kenkel
    September 4, 2017

    These are amazing!! I wish I had one in front of me right now!!

  • Michelle
    September 7, 2017

    Such a good cause! Cancer is just awful…we lost my father-in-law to cancer and we miss him terribly.

    On another note though, your cupcakes look amazing. 🙂

  • Olivia
    April 6, 2018

    Oh yum!! maple, bacon, and a cupcake all in one!! Mmmm