Bacon Streusel Maple Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Stats, spreads, percentages…um, let’s talk about what really matters during the Super Bowl. Commercials, the half-time show and of course — food! All the other stuff is extraneous, unless of course you win the pool, in which case football is great.

As for the food, the Super Bowl calls for a dessert sophisticated enough to bring to an event, but crowd-pleasing enough to…well, please a crowd. Enter the Super Bowl Cupcake.

The streusel on top framing that thick cloud of maple cream cheese frosting is not your everyday streusel. That my friends, is crushed bacon wrapped in some cayenne and brown sugar for a sweet and spicy flavoring, then paired up with some crushed almonds for added nutty goodness. This is the kind of killer combination that will make you glad you publicly declared to eat better for your New Year’s resolution.

Bacon Streusel Maple Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcake

· 1 cup sour cream
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· 2 cups flour
· ½ cup Dutch process cocoa powder
· 1 cup unsalted butter
· 1 cup granulated sugar
· ½ cup light brown sugar
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
· 1 tablespoon vanilla

1. In a bowl, mix sour cream and baking soda together; set aside. Sift flour and cocoa powder; set aside. Using a mixer beat butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add in salt and beat until combined. Add in eggs and beat until combined. Add in egg yolks and vanilla and beat until combined.

2. Turn off mixer and, using a sturdy spatula or a wooden spoon, add in sour cream mixture and flour mixture, alternating in thirds. Fold in each rotation, beginning with the sour cream and ending with the flour mixture, mixing each rotation until just combined. Fill cupcake liner two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

· 1 cup cream cheese, softened
· ½ cup butter, softened
· 2 cups powdered sugar
· 1 teaspoon vanilla
· 4 tablespoons maple syrup

1. Using mixer beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy on medium low speed. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy. Add in vanilla and maple syrup and beat until combined.

Bacon Streusel

· 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
· 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
· 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
· ½ cup slivered almonds
· 8 pieces of bacon

1. In a bowl whisk black pepper, cayenne, brown sugar almonds. Transfer mixture and cooked and cooled bacon to food processor bowl fitted with a blade and pulse in three 2 second bursts. Alternatively, place contents in a Ziploc and crush with a rolling pin.

Top cupcakes with frosting, then bacon streusel. Enjoy the game…or at least the food.

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  • Miss K February 1, 2011  

    I was once quoted as saying that I could probably become a vegetarian if it weren’t for bacon. Though not a cake person, I might just have to try this one. Also, I am digging the new upper-right icons. Like eye-candy, only better because it’s not candy.

  • bridget {bake at 350} February 1, 2011  

    Wow….bacon? I would love to try that! 🙂

  • Jamie | My Baking Addiction February 1, 2011  

    These look and sound delicious! Such a crowd please and everything is better with bacon, right?

  • Eliana February 1, 2011  

    Hmmm – Love how bacon is getting so much love in the dessert world right now. These look awesome.

  • Amanda February 1, 2011  

    This blows my mind. SERIOUSLY awesome!!!

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction February 1, 2011  

    I love sweet and salty combos, so this looks perfect! I just happen to have some bacon on hand, too. 🙂

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 1, 2011  

    Bacon Streusel! That’s outrageous! I know a lot of guys who would be all over these cupcakes.

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies February 1, 2011  

    Dang! Bacon Streusel? That’s a word combination I’ve never heard before but certainly is an epiphany today. I bet it’d be awesome on cinnamon rolls too.

  • Kristen February 1, 2011  

    Such a manly cupcake (and I love sweet and salty too!)

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites February 2, 2011  

    Cake and bacon? Thanks for not making me choose between the two. Because I never could.

  • Cristina February 9, 2011  

    OMG! Bacon Struesel? I’m so lovin’ the sound of that. I have to try these – I bet that struesel with the cream cheese frosting is absolutely marketable all it’s own. Great idea! 🙂

  • Amber April 4, 2011  

    Meh, that’s nothing. I created a vegan maple bacon cupcake.

  • Terri @ Terri's Table May 20, 2012  

    I made these last weekend and took a dozen to the Clothes Closet and Food Bank where I volunteer. They were gone in nothing flat! Two of the men volunteers even had two! !They were delicious!

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