French Toast Cupcakes Recipe
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French Toast Cupcakes Recipe

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I like to crumble a few slices of bacon over the top of these cupcakes after I frost them. They taste like Sunday Brunch.—Jenny Weaver, Glendale, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Dash salt
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, optional

Nutritional Facts

334 calories: 1 cupcake (calculated without bacon), 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 17-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and shortening until fluffy. Beat in maple syrup and salt. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with bacon if desired. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as French Toast Cupcakes in Cupcakes Bookazine 2013 2013, p46

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Reviewed May. 13, 2016

"Ok, these are delicious. I picked this recipe because I needed to use up some leftover buttermilk and I already had everything else on hand. I didn't think they would actually taste like french toast, but they do! I made no changes to the cupcakes themselves. For the frosting, I tasted it after I made it and it didn't have much of a maple taste. I added in just a bit more maple syrup. I also cut the frosting recipe in half and thought that it was plenty. Instead of cooking bacon, I used real bacon pieces (packaged by Hormel). These were even better after I had them in the fridge for a while. SOOOO good! I will definitely make these again."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2015

"These yummy looking cupcakes are so moist. The bacon is what makes the recipe in my opinion. I took a cupcake to my Mother-in-law while visiting her. She liked them so much she asked for the recipe. I used 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg since I don't care a lot for the taste. A little tip - the batter is very thin, not like most cupcake recipes that I have made."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"The cupcakes themselves were mouthwatering! I made 3 dozen of them for my co-workers and they were gone in minutes. However I could not get the frosting to set right at all. I tried adding more sugar, cornstarch, and egg white. Nothing I did would thicken it up. It tasted great but it was a runny mess. After 3 or 4 attempts I gave up made a basic vanilla butter cream and added maple syrup"

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"Yum! Just made these. They are super light, tender, delicious. Taste like a delicate spice cake. For some reason my frosting was a bit grainy even though I whipped a lot and it tasted mostly of powdered sugar so I added a little kefir cheese (think cream cheese). It contrasts nice with the sweet cake. Next time I will cut down on the sugar in both frosting and cake. The bacon is nice but the are good without it or even without frosting. My favorite would be a browned butter glaze."

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"My boyfriend said these were by far the best cupcakes I've made in the past 6 months. I have to agree with him. It's just an awesome recipe. The ingredients just complimented each other so well. I will probably make them again tomorrow."

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"These cupcakes are so good. My family thought they would be great for breakfast."

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"Very moist and delicious! Everyone at work raved over them. Would be great served at a brunch."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"These are excellent! Served them with Eggs in Muffin Cups and they complimented each other well. Perfect with or without the bacon on top. My husband drizzled maple syrup over his and all I heard was "mmmmmmmmmmmmm.""

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"Made these today..... They turned out very good. I made them as the recipe stated... Will make them again. Next time I may use the mini pans as another reviewer stated. That sounds like a good idea."

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"Do you use solid or liquid shortening in the frosting?"

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