ic Kathe With an E: Coconut-Maple-Bacon Cupcakes

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Coconut-Maple-Bacon Cupcakes

You may remember a few weeks ago
I shared in this post how I fell in love in LOVE
with the maple bacon cupcake!
I decided to do my spin on it for the challenge.

Here are my ingredients
You know I'm all about semi-homemade!

I started by taking about a half cup 
of sweetened coconut and spreading it on a small baking sheet.
 I place it under the broiler for about 2 minutes.
I am here to help so, 
don't go off to throw a load of 
laundry into the dryer while this is cooking.
It toasts up 
QUICK, seriously QUICK!
 Here is the second batch of coconut all nice and toastedy.

Next, I prepared the cake batter per the instructions on the 
back of the box using just egg whites.
I added one and a half teaspoon of maple flavoring to the batter.
I then coarsely chopped up 5 slices of cooked bacon.
You can, and I should have, use more if you'd like.
Add to the batter making sure it is all nicely distributed.

For the first batch I filled the cupcake cups
and then put some of the toasted coconut on top.
For the second batch I just put it right in the batter.
I liked them much better with the coconut in the batter.

I had preheated the oven to 350.
After placing the cupcakes in the oven, I dropped 
the temperature down to 325 and baked for 20 minutes.
They came out perfect!

For the frosting I followed this recipe from Karlynn from
The Kitchen Magpie
My favorite icing is buttercream and when she says
hers is the best, I just gotta agree!
Sure, I could have gone with a tub of frosting but,
I don't like the artificial taste of tubbed frosting 
so, I went for homemade!

 Now, you real bakers out there may already know of this 
little magic bottle of sweetness but, it was new to me!
The Denver Cupcake Truck uses it on their cupcakes
and it makes a cupcake a CUPCAKE!
Plus, they are sparkly and I like sparkly things.

I frosted, added the shimmer gems and more of the toasted coconut
and topped them with a sliver of bacon.

How cute do they look on one of my candlewick dessert plates
placed on one of the candlesticks I scored on my big thrifting day?

So, how do they taste?
Let's just say that,
I no longer have to hunt down
the Denver Cupcake Truck!
Or, pay big bucks for a fancy cupcake!

Mr. B thought they were BETTER
than the Cupcake Truck!!
So, even if I don't win the challenge,
I scored big points at home!
He said that the addition of the coconut took them 
right over the top!

So, there you have it, my gourmet, semi-homemade
Coconut, Maple Bacon Cupcakes.

I hope you give them a try yourself cuz I know,
You're Gonna Love It!

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  1. Get Out! You are Amazing... Holy Taaleedo these look finger licking good! WOW! you really did take this challenge and stepped it up lady! I LIKE! I really really LIKE! Nice Work!! Dang! I want one... you did send me one right?

  2. I totally would LOVE these cupcakes! Bacon? Maple? AND coconut? The holy trinity!

  3. I have zero culinary skills and would never in a million years have toss those ingredients together. However, this happens to combine three of my favorite tastes so I will totally be willing to TRY them.

    I'm amazed at the stuff that people dream up. Wish I had an ounce of that talent.

  4. Oh Em Gee. The only mixing I do involves adult beverages, but this makes me wanna try baking for a change.

  5. Yeah, so I'm gonna need to go ahead and send me over a dozen.
    Julie Espy
    1468 E. Tremaine Ave.
    Gilbert, AZ 85234
    Thanks. ;)

    1. Submission testing for GYCO ya know. Haha.

  6. Love this! Thanks for sharing! We would love to have you link up some of your recipes over at our party!


  7. What unusual sounding cupcakes! I'll bet they're tasty!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. LOVE the "cupcake stand"!! :) The cupcakes sound... ummm... interesting. Anything with bacon has got to be great, though, right??

  9. New follower - from the link up! hope you will do the same!

  10. Wow, never thought of this combination. They look gorgeous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  11. I know these are good! might not sound like it, but all the ingredients go together! love it!

  12. Thanks for sharing on Cowgirl Up! I liked it so much, I posted it to my fb today. Check it out and then stop by my blog to grab a "I Was Featured on Cowgirl Up" button!
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

  13. I would have never thought to combine those ingredients, but I'll take your word that it tastes fabulous. Thanks for sharing at DIybyDesign.

  14. Wow!! My DIL will love these!!! Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party

  15. Nice cupcakes but I don't think I'd have them for lunch. Super post. Isn't it a great idea to collect lunch recipes in the Recipe Box linky party? My link was the bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Have a lovely week.

  16. OMG!!! I love coconut anyway but go and add maple & bacon? That's got to be crazy-good! Pinning this for later & I do hope you'll link this up to Gettin' Krafty With It!

  17. you had me at coconut, but then bacon too? Yumm!!!

  18. Coconut? Good. Maple? Good. Bacon? Good! I must say I'm intrigued and I can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing! :)

  19. Hi Kathe!

    I am just not too sure about this one... but I do trust you and it is worth a try :) I must say that I like all the ingredients, so I bet I like it.

    Thanks for sharing at my party :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party!

  20. thanks for linking up! hope to see you next week!

  21. My daughter is loving this idea over here! She has been learning to bake and is interested in cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. Now you know one of her favorites is coconut, and she loves bacon, so wow! You have inspired her! I still think it sounds a little weird! Sorry, but I will try it out, and probably love it! LOL! Thanks for such an amazing combination!

  22. Sounds delicious...love coconut and bacon so together they must be wonderful.

  23. I never would have thought to put bacon in cupcakes, but I'm a firm believer that bacon makes everything better! :)

    Stopping by from What's Cluckin'. :)

  24. Love this! Would love for you to share this at our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party...just posted it!

  25. Yum-o! Bacon, maple and coconut?! Pinned :) Tthank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends this week! Have a great weekend!

  26. Kathe these bacon maple cupcakes are all the rage! Thank you for giving us a recipe to use and I know that the addition of the coconut is going to add that extra touch of YUM! They look incredible!

  27. Hi! My borther in law would go nuts for these - so cool! Found you on Happy Hour Friday – I’d love for you to visit me at jugglingactmama.blogspot.com

  28. This is a far out cupcake, but I'll believe it's good... how can it not be with bacon in it. It would be great if you could share this on my foodie friday party today.

  29. Bacon and maple - can't go wrong with that combo!

  30. Oh, so yummy! Stiff competition this round!

    Thanks for sharing on The All Star Block Party!

  31. Those look YUMMY!!!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  32. Hey Kathe! I love coconut so I guess it couldn't hurt to add it to maple and bacon. Kind of craving it right now.....
    thanks for joining the party this week!

  33. Oh, wow! These cupcakes sound divine!! -Marci

  34. Yummy! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  35. Oh my! These are so fun! We'd love to invite you to join us at Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know everyone will love this recipe! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

  36. These look amazing!!!! I've really been wanting to try making maple bacon cupcakes because I see them everywhere, and they sound intriguing!!!!!

  37. Hmmm...I'm still trying to wrap my head around bacon and sweet. I think I'll have to give them a try. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  38. This challenge looks so fun. I really should join in next time. If I remember that is. lol! I have heard that the bacon maple combo is delicious but I've yet to try it. Maple doughnuts are my favorite. They really do look yummy and glad hubby liked them. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  39. What an amazing combination of flavors. YUM!

  40. What a fun awesome cupcake. You make me hungry for one right now, love to try that maple bacon with the coconut:) I have never seen the cupcake sparkly thingy. I need to check out my store, what fun it seems. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays!

  41. You had me at bacon... Can't wait to try these!!!

  42. These cupcakes have so many amazing flavors! All sound so spectacular together! Hopping over from At The Picket Fence. Hope you'll swing by the new SalmonAtSeven.com. xoxo

  43. Well, all I can say is......YUMMO!!!

  44. who would have thought bacon would be good on sweet food. I'll have to try it because I think it would taste great!

  45. These look delicious. Too bad I don't like coconut. :-) Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  46. Featured these amazing cupcakes tonight! Please come grab a button and share something special this week too!

  47. Kathe, We featured your cupcakes for this week's Tasty Tuesday! Please come grab a featured button - http://www.aletteredlife.blogspot.com


  48. Thanks for sharing this unique recipe on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Delicious!


  49. Hi Kathe,
    I have featured this post from last weeks blog hop at Adorned From Above. Take a look.
    Adorned From Above

  50. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  51. I'm featuring your cupcakes on this week's All Star Block Party~~


  52. These cupcakes look really good! I really like the combination of the coconut and bacon. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  53. You've been featured at Wednesday Whatsits! Thanks for sharing. Stop by and grab a button.

  54. The cupcakes sound great and I love the cakeplate you scored at the thrift store!

  55. I'm torn, they look so good but the combo might be a bit toooo adventurous for me! Thanks for linking up at What's Cluckin!

  56. Wow, what an original recipe! Thanks for sharing it at my linky party. It looks so yummy.

    Warmly, Michelle

  57. Just had to say "hi" since I am also Kathe with an e! Love the blog :)

    Kathe Cunningham