I love the maple cupcakes because they taste like fall and I'm really starting to get in the fall spirit!
For the recipe, you can find it here.
To candy the bacon, I put 4 slices (next time I'll do 6) in a bowl with light brown sugar and tossed it around. Then I laid the bacon slices on a cooling rack on a parchment lined baking sheet. I set the bacon in the oven on high broil for a few minutes then flipped. Cook to your desired crispness. The bacon does crispen up a little once cooled.
For the buttercream, I used 2 sticks of softened butter, 4 cups powdered sugar, about a tablespoon of real maple syrup, teaspoon of vanilla bean paste, and milk (to get desired consistency).