Bacon Surprise Cupcakes With Maple Frosting

Total Time
20 mins
20 mins

Felt like I was in Competing in Cupcake Wars! The ingredients from Dining on a Dollar Recipe Contest -- Spring 2013 made it tricky to create a dessert. Must say I nailed it! Tender, soft crumb with hint of bacon and topped with Maple frosting complement each other perfectly. The budget ingredient ketchup and applesauce gave the cupcakes a sweetness and added moisture. A MUST MAKE! You won't be disappointed.

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  1. In a large bowl blend ketchup, applesauce, cocoa powder, oil or bacon drippings and eggs mixing well.
  2. Add cake mix and bacon crumbles whisk for 2 minutes.
  3. Place into foil lined cup cake pan.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and cool.
  6. Meanwhile beat syrup and butter together 1 minutes till light and fluffy. Add vanilla, salt and sugar and beat an other 2 minutes.
  7. Pipe or spread frosting on the cupcakes.
  8. Now watch everyone enjoy while they figure the ingredients.
  9. If you want to give a hint garnish with some extra bacon pieces.