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Vanilla Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes

Happy National Cupcake Day! What better way to celebrate but to toast the day with a vanilla cupcake enhanced with bourbon and bacon?  I don't think there is so here we go!

Cupcakes have been around for a long long while. The first mention of a cake in a cup was in 1796 (Wikipedia) when the small cake was baked in a pottery style dish. The small cakes were individual sized servings.  I image they were topped with sparkly sugar to make them extra special.

Today we are blessed with the wonderful muffin tin to bake our cupcakes in and a wonderful variety of cupcake papers to make them match the occasion.  I have given you links to some of my favorites at Amazon. If you purchase from one of those links, I will get a small commission!  Yay!  Little things like that help this blog stay in business!

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Author: Terri Steffes

Vanilla Bourbon Bacon Cupcake

A delicious cupcake for any holiday, or any day that has bourbon.
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 40 M


For the cake
  • 1 cake mix, vanilla
  • 1 T good vanilla
  • 2 T bourbon
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 2 T bacon fat
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 c milk
  • 4 slices of crisp bacon, cut into fourths
For the frosting
  • 1 tub cream cheese frosting
  • 2 T bourbon


How to cook Vanilla Bourbon Bacon Cupcake

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line cupcake pans with cupcake papers.
  3. Fry bacon, reserve grease.  Cool.
  4. Beat together cake mix, eggs, bourbon, oil, fat, vanilla, and milk.
  5. Beat for 3 minutes.
  6. Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.
  8. Cool cupcakes completely.
For the frosting
  1. Scoop frosting into a small bowl.
  2. Add bourbon and stir until incorporated.
  3. Microwave frosting until melted, but still thick.
  4. Dip the cooled cupcakes into the frosting.
  5. Let set, dip a second time if desired.
  6. Dip an edge of the bacon into the frosting and insert on top of the cupcake.


Cupcakes have to be completely cooled or the frosting melts and runs off the cupcake.
I fill my cupcakes a little less than 2/3 full as I like a flat surface to decorate on.
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Would you like to comment?

  1. I did not know about the day, I will have to celebrate by having a cupcake. This recipe looks like a good one and such a unique mix of flavors.

  2. well you had me at bourbon but in a cupcake form? Yes please- def going to try and make something similar this weekend for a friends party bc this is perfection!

  3. OK now this sounds like such an interesting flavour! I would never have thought about making something like this and now I need to try it ASAP to see what it is like!

  4. YUM!! You had me at bourbon and bacon. These cupcakes sound (and look!) absolutely delicious.

  5. These cupcakes look so tasty! I love the addition of bourbon. What a great way to make storebought frosting extra special! Thank you so much for participating! :)

  6. Bacon definitely goes with any food group, I think! These look positively delicious. I have never had anything like these.

  7. This looks very delicious indeed. Those cupcakes have my name all over them. I love bacon on anything.

  8. I think I just found my new favorite cupcake. It looks super yummy and loved by many. Bacon is best paired with everything.

  9. Oh, what an interesting flavor combo. I bet these would be absolutely delicious since I like both bacon and bourbon.

  10. Have always loved cup cakes right from when I was a kid. They hold a special fascination. Never knew how they originated and their history. Makes for fascinating reading.

  11. Those cupcakes sounds amazing. I've never made cupcakes with bourbon before, or even bacon. I'm interested to see how these will taste.

  12. I am looking forward to trying this recipe! I love bourbon flavor! What a wonderful flavor combo!

  13. I think it depends on what your cake to frosting ratio preference is if you like cake or cupcakes.

  14. How can you go wrong with bacon, bourbon and sugar! This sounds so good.

  15. What an interesting combo of flavors! I want one of those yummy cupcakes now!

  16. These cupcakes are moist, light, fluffy, just right sweet. So delicious. Thanks a bunch for sharing.

  17. Anonymous2:25 PM

    I ended up just making the cupcakes, not the icing, and they were delish!! I made a fluffy buttercream icing with bourbon candied bacon on top and everyone loved them! Going to make them again tomorrow for my dads birthday now. Thanks for sharing!!


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