Candied Bacon-Sweet Potato Cupcakes


A bourbon-bacon cream cheese frosting is the literal icing on these sweet potato cupcakes. This cupcake recipe will become an instant party favorite!

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs
24 cupcakes


  • 3 tablespoon sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 pound bacon (16 slices)

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cup sugar

  • 3 eggs, room temperature

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed (2 cups)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 recipe Bourbon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Bourbon-Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • cup butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoon bourbon or milk

  • 8 cup powdered sugar

  • Milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside. Line 2 shallow baking pans with foil. Cut 6 of the slices of bacon crosswise into fourths. Place all the bacon on prepared baking pans; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the cinnamon-sugar (reserve remaining cinnamon-sugar). Bake 12 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Drain on paper towels. Set aside the quarter pieces of bacon; crumble remaining bacon slices.

  2. Decrease oven to 350°F. Line twenty-four 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. Stir together flour, baking powder, the 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

  3. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium for 30 seconds. Gradually add the 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium until combined. Scrape bowl; beat 2 minutes more. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sweet potatoes and vanilla. Add flour mixture and crumbled bacon; beat until combined (batter will be thick).

  4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan for 1 minute. Remove cupcakes from pans; cool on wire racks.

  5. Pipe or spread Bourbon-Cream Cheese Frosting on cupcakes. Sprinkle cupcakes with reserved cinnamon-sugar and top with quarter pieces of bacon.

Bourbon-Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in bourbon. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Add milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to reach desired consistency.

    Candied Bacon-Sweet Potato Cupcakes
    Karla Conrad

Make-ahead directions

Place unfrosted cupcakes in a single layer in an airtight container; seal. Store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Thaw cupcakes at room temperature before frosting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

519 Calories
25g Fat
65g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 519
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 680mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Total Sugars 54g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0.3mg 1%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 184mg 4%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 25.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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