MAPLE “BACON” CUPCAKES- Vegan & Gluten-Free

These cupcakes need no introduction:

Yes, that’s “bacon” bits on top of maple frosting. Yes, this cupcake tasted even better than it looked.  And yes, I ate every last bite of it. I didn’t even considering sharing, it was THAT good.

Just try the recipe, seriously…

Vegan Maple “Bacon” Cupcakes

Serves 12


  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 tbsp applesauce
  • 2 tbsp maple sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp maple extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sorghum or brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan “bacon” bits (I used the recipe found in this book)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line cupcake tray.
  2. Mix apple cider vinegar and unsweetened almond milk together, let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together maple syrup, applesauce, oil, extracts, maple sugar. Add almond milk mixture (after 5 minutes) and whisk until combined.
  4. Sift in sorghum flour, starches, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Stir until combined and fold in “bacon” bits.
  6. Divide among cupcake tray and bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Let cool and frost with the following recipe:

Maple “Butter-cream” Frosting

Covers 12 cupcakes


  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread (I used the soy-free kind)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract
  • 1-2 tbsp “bacon” bits for topping


  1. Cream Earth Balance and maple syrup until smooth.
  2. Slowly add powdered sugar, continually beating to maintain smooth texture.
  3. Stir in maple extract.
  4. Frost cupcakes and top with sprinkle of “bacon” bits.

xoxo Erin

UPDATE! This recipe has been shared at Gluten Free FridaysHealthy Vegan FridaysAllergy Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free WednesdaysTry a New Recipe TuesdaysMeatless MondaysSlightly Indulgent TuesdaysWonderful Food WednesdaysTasty TraditionsTasteful Tuesdays and Mostly Homemade Mondays.


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