Recipe: French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes

Looking for that perfect sweet and savory combination? Try out these French toast cupcakes topped with bacon! (Recipe found on http://www.foodnetwork.com)

Total Time: 1 hr 20 min

Prep: 40 min

Cook: 40 min

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Level: Intermediate
 

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 3.9-ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon (we recommend using artificial bacon!)

Glaze:

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Prepare the cupcakes: Combine the flours, pudding mix, baking powder, potato starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl with a whisk.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugars with a mixer on low speed until combined, 6 to 8 minutes. Gradually mix in the vanilla and egg whites. Scrape down the sides of the bowl; continue mixing until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the maple syrup and half-and-half, mixing after each addition and ending with flour. Mix until the ingredients are just combined; do not over mix. Fold in the bacon. The batter will be thick.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about three-quarters of the way. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare the glaze: Beat the cream cheese and butter with a mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon; beat until combined. Spread on the cooled cupcakes; top with chopped bacon, if desired.

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Recipes: Popular Pupcakes

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Who says it has to be your birthday to enjoy some cupcakes?! Not this pup!

Check out this recipe for the doggy-approved peanut butter cupcakes (created by The Scrumptious Pumpkin). They only take 15 minutes to throw together. Your dog will want Cupcake Day to be EVERY DAY!

Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs

Author: The Scrumptious Pumpkin

Recipe type: Dog Treat

Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 6 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup rye flour (or whole wheat flour or brown rice flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • ⅓ cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1½ tablespoons peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, canola oil, applesauce, egg, and honey until well combined.
  3. Insert cupcake liners into a muffin or cupcake pan. Spoon mixture into cupcake liners, filling each about halfway.
  4. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Allow cupcakes to cool to room temperature.
  6. Meanwhile, in a bowl, stir yogurt and peanut butter until mixture is smooth and creamy. Use a small spatula or butter knife to smooth a thin layer of the peanut butter frosting over each cupcake.
  7. Storage: cupcakes should hold up for 4-5 days if stored in an airtight container in a cool, shaded, dry spot. Peanut butter frosting should be stored separately, covered and refrigerated. Frost cupcakes immediately before serving.

The Animals: Oli (Adopted!) & Gypsy

Sometimes when an animal comes through our doors they’re vaccinated, already altered, hit the adoption room floor and are placed in a new home in a matter of days!

Oli 17294497gypsy 19942831But in other cases the turn-around isn’t quite so fast. For some cats and dogs their length of stay may go from 10 days to 20 to 30 or more! Cats like Oli, who arrived at the Society in September of 2012, and dogs like Gypsy, who has been with us since May, will be here as long as it takes for us to find them a good home.

In an effort to help these animals find placement faster we do many promotions both online and off to give our long-term residents a bit more attention.

By participating in events like Cupcake Day – you too can help these animals! By raising funds that can then be used to highlight their awesomeness and adopt-ability, you’ll play a role in the the re-homing of great animals like Oli and Gypsy.

The Animals: Gracie – ADOPTED 8/9

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Meet Gracie – a beautiful blond with a sad story. She was originally found on the side of an Oklahoma highway, pregnant, scared and abandoned. She was rescued by good Samaritans who housed and fed her until she had her puppies. Ten puppies and three weeks later the whole family was transported from Oklahoma to the Anti-Cruelty Society where they were cared for and fattened up.
gracie 3Since arriving in late April, all the pups have found homes, but super mama Gracie remains waiting for her adopters.Gracie is a timid girl. We don’t know if it’s because of past abuse or poor socialization, but she is very afraid of strangers – men in particular. She can and has warmed up to a few fellows at the shelter. Gracie is also afraid of new environments but she does adjust over time and is comfortable in her current setting, the Real Life Room of the behavior and training department.
Gracie is quiet, affectionate, polite, silly, playful and loving. There is not a mean bone in her body.gracie 2Gracie would do best in a quiet home. She’s not keen on going for walks, so a yard to play in would be best. She is also loves other dogs and cats. She’s met several dogs and has enjoyed rough-housing with them all. As part of her “therapy”, Gracie must have a patient dog companion at home to help her learn to be a dog.

She is patiently waiting to leave the people she loves at the shelter to go to her real home. If you’d be interested in meeting this lovely lady, please contact our Animal Behavior & Training team at: help@anticruelty.org
Help us get the word out about this lovely gal – and don’t forget to support this kind of life-saving work by participating in this year’s Cupcake Day!

Printables: Cupcake Day Fliers

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Are you planning on hosting a Cupcake Day sale at your school or workplace? Then help tell people about it in advance using these fun Cupcake Day Posters!

Right click on the poster of your choosing, choose “save picture as” and then open the file and print it up. It’s that easy! You can also use the images below to post an announcement about your sale to your Facebook, Pinterest or blog. The possibilities are truly endless!

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Recipes: Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs

doggie cupcakesCupcakes aren’t just for people! If you’re considering recipes for this year’s Cupcake Day, don’t overlook those meant for the dogs!

We are completely in love with this one from Ruche’s blog that incorporates tasty and healthy ingredients like peanut butter, carrots and honey into bite-sized canine treats. How fun would it be to make these for your CD sale on September 16th?!