The Breakfast Club

Its one of our favorite movies. I watch it pretty much every time it comes on tv. So naturally when we decided to make a bacon french toast cupcake with maple buttercream, we thought The Breakfast Club was a perfect name for it. We started, of course, with this really awesome black forest bacon from Whole Foods (also lovingly referred to as Whole Paycheck).

This bacon is seriously delicious, omg. So we took this bacon and crumbled some into our french toast batter. We started with a basic yellow batter and added some cinnamon and a hint of maple – and it smelled just like french toast.

As those puppies baked up we worked on our maple buttercream. We had to experiment with this one a bit as we originally purchased maple extract to use, thinking it would be a stronger flavor than just maple syrup. Well, the flavor was strong, and also disgusting. Ew. So….no maple extract. We used a nice Vermont maple syrup, but next time I think we’ll need a darker, more intense syrup as this one was a bit light to be used for the buttercream.

We ended up cooking down the maple syrup a bit to concentrate the flavor and it worked well! It also caramelized a bit which gave it some depth, I appreciated that because this frosting was on the sweet side for me.

The cupcakes came out of the oven looking and smelling wonderful.

While there were no frosting shenanigans this time, I did get a little crazy with the maple syrup drizzle. It was more of a maple syrup flung about the kitchen….but they came out looking pretty, so the clean up was worth it!

And voila! Bacon French Toast cupcake with Maple Buttercream frosting, garnished with bacon bits and Vermont maple syrup AKA The Breakfast Club. Honestly, these were a bit on the sweet side for me. I also don’t like french toast (too eggy, though it always smells so good) so they weren’t my personal favorite to eat BUT we got rave reviews from lots of peeps, so they were, in fact, a success!

Dear Mr. Vernon: We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But, we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But, what we found out is that each one of us is: a brain . . .

And an athlete . . .

And a basket case . . .

A princess . . .

And a criminal.

Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

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