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French Toast Cupcakes Recipe

French Toast Cupcakes Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for French Toast Cupcakes

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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?"

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"Replaced the vanilla extract with maple flavoring and made mini cup cakes from this recipe. Makes about 6 dozen that way (cook 12-15 minutes). Made them for a monthly meeting for the club we belong to. They were gone quickly everyone wanted the recipe. Some said they were the best snack ever brought to a meeting."

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"I plan to make these this weekend coming up for the family.....if they taste as good as they look...I'm sure I'll be whipping up a batch of these for our monthly employees brunch meeting. I think without a doubt from the reviews this cupcake is gonna be a winner....I'm excited to make these asap. Thanks for the recipe!"

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"These are delicious! So moist and good, the cake is just perfect. Great recipe!"

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"This is hands down the best cupcake! It is easy to make, moist, and light. The frosting is awesome! My husband ate the bottom if his first. The cake was that good. I will not hesitate to make these again. I would take them anywhere, for any occasion."

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"This recipe showed up in my mailbox and ran right to the store. The cupcakes are incredibly moist...the frosting has just the right amount of sweetness and the bacon crunch on top is the perfect topping"

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"I made this recipe because my son's pregnant girlfriend thought they sounded good. I love making foods from scratch and the fact that buttermilk was in the recipe made me even more happy. It was a very easy recipe to put together and came out nice and moist. The frosting you may think would be too sweet but it is perfect! Adding real crumbled bacon was brilliant! The end result was the entire household (that's 12 people!!) fell in love with them. They were requested for by son's baby shower as well so of course I made them. In talking with some of the shower guests I asked if they had a chance to try my cupcakes and they said no, where are they? I turned to point them out and they were GONE!! That fast! I was floored. I get requests for them all the time. There are a couple other recipes in the Taste of Home Cupcakes magazine that are also big hits. Bottom line is you can't go wrong with these wonderful cupcakes! Even those who turned their nose up at the concoctions were encouraged to just try them and were shocked at how good they were."

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"Wonderful! Taste just like French Toast, the grandchildren (8) loved them. Age's ranging from 15 yr old to 3 yr old so some picky (15 yr old) to pickier still (3 yr old) they all loved them. Thank you Jenny for submitting :)"

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