Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pancake Breakfast Cupcakes

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Today is National Pancake Day, and what better way to justify eating cupcakes for breakfast than with a pancake breakfast cupcake! A fluffy buttermilk pancake cupcake topped with a maple buttercream frosting and a garnished with piece of crispy bacon and maple syrup. Breakfast never tasted so good. Perfect for sleepovers, Father's Day breakfast, special occasions or just because!

Pancake Breakfast Cupcakes

Yield: 6 (recipe doubles easily)


Buttermilk Pancake Cupcakes

  • 1 cup Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix*
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted OR vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mix-ins; chocolate chips, blueberries, chopped nuts, crumbled bacon, fruit preserves/jam, diced apples, dried fruit, etc. (optional)
*May substitute pancake mix with 1 cup flour, mixed with, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt and use buttermilk instead of water.

 Maple Buttercream Frosting 
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1-2T maple syrup (may also use 1/8 teaspoons maple extract,found in the baking aisle of the grocery store)
  • 1 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (sub half and half or milk if necessary)
  • chocolate chips, blueberries, nuts, chopped bacon, etc. and maple syrup, for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 6-cup muffin pan with non-stick cookie spray.

Stir together pancake mix and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together water, egg, butter and vanilla in measuring cup. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and gently mix together until just incorporated (it's ok if a few lumps remain, do not over mix). Fold in your favorite pancake mix-in. Distribute batter between the 6 baking cups. Bake 13-16 minutes, or until pancake cupcakes are puffy and a toothpick comes out cean.

While the cupcakes bake, prepare the frosting. With an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add salt. Slowly beat in powdered sugar on low speed. Add maple syrup and cream. Beat on medium speed about 3 minutes until light and fluffy.

Garnish cupcakes with toppings and drizzle with maple syrup. Voila, cupcakes for breakfast!
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  1. LOVE! I am going to try this for a birthday breakfast, THANK YOU! Mercedes

  2. Such a beautiful idea! Love that piece of bacon on top!

  3. Why vinegar or lemon juice in the pancake batter?? Sounds & seems odd (and kinda gross).

  4. ..but in addition, I do want to try this.

  5. Although it may seem odd, vinegar or lemon juice mixed with milk creates a homemade substitute for buttermilk! After it is baked you cannot taste the vinegar/lemon juice at all and their acidity helps creates a more soft, velvety, tender crumb in your cupcakes compared regular milk. The acidity also works with the baking soda so when they are mixed together the chemical reaction helps the cupcakes to rise. You can alternatively use buttermilk in place of the milk and vinegar/lemon juice if you choose as well. Let me know how they turn out! Happy baking :)

  6. Love this I will be trying it this weekend !!!!!! Thank you

  7. Made this today...definitely breakfast in a cupcake. I had some trouble with the frosting though. Mine came out too runny. But it was still delicious! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. How many cupcakes does this make?

  9. This recipe actually makes a dozen, while the frosting makes enough for two dozen. I doubled the recipe, used buttermilk in place of the milk and lemon juice/vinegar and cut back on the heavy whipping cream to smooth out the frosting. These were absolutely amazing! I'm taking pics and will post some up!

  10. That his pancake cupcake recipe is a winner. Ill be Subaru inv to the blog to make sure I don't miss anything else Thanks

  11. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful comment! I am so happy you and your family enjoyed the breakfast cupcakes! Be sure to email over a photo so I can feature your pic below the recipe!!

    Happy baking and Happy Father's Day!