Think about it: bacon cupcakes. It was not long ago that the idea of making a bacon cupcake would seem completely bizarre, a novelty that was really just for show and humour, not really meant to be eaten and enjoyed. However, like many gonzo ideas, this one has captured the imaginations (and taste-buds!) of bacon-lovers the world over. What started as a joke has evolved into a real demand for sweet, salty, bacony confections that have turned chefs into mad scientists and bakeries into laboratories. Plus, we love making super awesome bacon recipes.

We personally can’t get enough of bacon cupcakes, and so here are some of the very best ways to add a little bacony goodness to this beloved and ever-popular dessert.

Superbowl Cupcakes

These delectable nuggets of awesome, created by The Cupcake Project, are savoury, sweet, and contain beer. What could be better?

The cupcake batter itself if flavoured with beer, cheese, and dark brown sugar, making them sweet yet hoppy. The bacon comes into play in the cheddar, bacon & cream cheese frosting. They might kill you, but you’ll die happy.

French Toast and Bacon Cupcakes

This classy dessert plays on classic breakfast flavours. The cake is flavoured with nutmeg and cinnamon to evoke french toast. The butter-cream is infused with maple syrup. The bacon itself is both a decoration and an essential part of this flavour explosion. Plus, the owner of this recipe notes that “I don’t believe I have ever met anyone who can resist the magical powers of bacon.” We couldn’t agree more!

Dark Chocolate and Bacon Cupcakes

Where maple and bacon dessert combinations are the industry standard, a dark chocolate and bacon recipe stands out. The bacon itself is mixed into the cake, adding texture to the smooth cocoa and saltiness to the overall dessert. The dark chocolate icing is also just to die for.

Red Velvet Bacon Cupcakes

The dessert wizards over at Cakehead conducted a series of delicious, delicious experiments to determine which cake would pair best with bacon. In the end, it was smooth, rich red velvet cake with cream cheese icing that was the clear winner. I am the only one who’s drooling?