#1 Maple Bacon Cupcakes
Whatever your friends tell you, the times are a changing in the dessert world. One of the best new treats today is the Maple Bacon Cupcake and it's becoming a popular menu item in locales such as New York, Portland and Montreal.<!--more--> Why? Bacon was born to be a key ingredient in baked goods. Instead of just adding the breakfast meat as a topping, this recipe requires you to dice strips so they can be combined with a batter made up of flour, baking powder, butter, eggs, and vanilla and maple extracts. After they're scooped into a cupcake pan and baked for 22 to 26 minutes, they can then be frosted with a cinnamon buttercream and garnished with tiny bits of bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup. An alternate version can substitute cinnamon buttercream for vanilla or chocolate to give it a creamier taste. But as you know how the bacon is incorporated, your options are pretty limitless at making the best cupcake humanity has ever known.