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Happy Canada Day! First of July is when we Canucks go out and celebrate Canada's birthday. And of course a party is just not complete without cake or cupcakes for this matter. Here's a fitting flavor for this day - Maple Bacon cupcakes!
Although, Canada is my adopted country, I already have embraced a few Canadian-isms. Like let's say having a stash of Canadian Tire money in a drawer somewhere, taking my Tims coffee double-double, saying “sorry” too much and the reckless abandon of adding maple syrup to just about anything.
Nothing says more Canadian than maple syrup. I don't know but the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of maple syrup is breakfast - pancakes, fèves au lard and bacon! Maple syrup and bacon - two of my favorite things in the world, mmmm...
For this cupcake, I really want to infuse the cupcake with maple flavor so I tried to add it whenever I can. After baking while still hot, I poked a few holes in the cupcakes with a skewer and drizzled with maple syrup. You can do this while still in the pan so it will be less messy. I was inspired the last minute when I already had taken out the cupcakes.
For the bacon topping, I also added a bit of maple syrup in the bits, for that added flavor and shine.
There’s two ways of enjoying this cupcake. One way is what I call plain – cupcake, frosting and with the bacon bits on top. It’s delicious the way it is.
Or with maple overload – why not give it another hit of maple syrup on top!
I think I may like my maple syrup a bit too much :)
Whichever way, you can’t go wrong, eh?
For the Canada day cupcake toppers, I went to this page for the free Canada party printables. I printed the flags and attached them with glue to toothpicks.
*Does not print in Chrome browser; pls. print in Mozilla or Internet Explorer.*
Happy Canada Day!
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