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Easy Maple Bacon Cheddar Mug Muffin recipe - a mug cake packed with sweet and salty flavor!

Maple Bacon Cheddar Mug Muffin

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Dive into this sweet and savory Mug Muffin recipe packed with crisp maple bacon, sweet corn and sharp cheddar – all in just a few microwave minutes!

Hi Bold Baconers!

Finally, after years of working on Bigger Bolder Baking, I could not be more excited to share with you the first original recipe from Bigger Bolder Bacon! For those of you who don’t know me, hi there! I’m Kevin, Gemma’s husband and Executive Producer of Bigger Bolder Baking. While we’re big fans of baking in our household, we’re also huge fans of BACON. Why? Well, for obvious reasons! What’s not to love about smoky, salty and crispy bacon?

Let’s Get Bacon-ing!

I love bacon in pretty much any form, from classic bacon and eggs to Gemma’s Bacon & Cheddar Waffles or incorporated into my favorite easy recipes like this Maple Bacon Cheddar Mug Muffin. What makes this mug cake recipe so big, bold and bacon-y is that it really hits that incredible spot right between sweet and savory. This delicious mug muffin is riddled with maple glazed bacon, sweet corn and gooey cheese. Oh – did I mention it can be made in under 2 microwave minutes?! Make sure to always keep an eye on your Mug recipes when you’re micro-baking them so they don’t overcook.

Enjoy the ultimate bacon mug cake with my Maple Bacon Cheddar recipe you can make in minutes!

How to make maple glazed bacon?

Maple glazed bacon is really what sets this sweet and savoy microwave mug recipe apart from all the rest. Although it sounds fancy, it’s really simple to make. All you have to do is fry up bacon as you normally would. Once fully cooked, crisp and still warm, simply drizzle the bacon with maple syrup. This candies the bacon and really allows all that sweet flavor to  seep in!

Maple Bacon Cheddar Mug Muffin recipe is packed with sweet, smoky and salty goodness!

Can I substitute bacon?

Not into bacon? No problem. If you don’t eat bacon feel free to omit it completely. Or, if you want to impart that smoky bacon flavor but don’t eat bacon, turkey or vegan bacon are a great substitute; you can actually maple glaze both of them using the same method you would use to glaze normal bacon.

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Easy Maple Bacon Cheddar Mug Muffin recipe - a mug cake packed with sweet and salty flavor!
Maple Bacon Corn Cheddar Mug Muffin
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 mins

Dive into this sweet and savory Mug Muffin recipe packed with crisp maple bacon, sweet corn and sharp cheddar - all in just a few microwave minutes!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Author: Kevin Kurtz
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon (1/4oz/ 9g) butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or buttermilk)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon corn , frozen & defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons cooked maple glazed bacon , chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese , shredded
  1. In a microwavable mug, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Using your fork, incorporate the cubed butter into the dry ingredients. When done it will resemble fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the milk, maple syrup, bacon, corn, and cheese until your mix forms a batter.
  4. Microwave for roughly 1 minute (this timing is based on my 1200W microwave so yours might vary)
  5. Top with additional bacon, cheese, corn and chives, enjoy warm!

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Recipe Notes

Cooking time will vary greatly depending on your microwave and the width and depth of the mug. I doubled the recipe to use in my 14 oz mug, so this recipe will work well in a 7 oz mug.

Always keep a close eye on your mug while in the microwave so it doesn’t overcook.

Add in all the milk. It will make a wet batter but will give your mug muffin the best result.



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  1. Kim Corcoran on April 1, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Is there any way of baking this if you don’t have a microwave? Should I just triple the recipe and put in it in muffin cups and bake? It might almost be worth buying a microwave for I guess!!! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on April 2, 2019 at 10:00 am

      Hi, you can make this in a 350 degree F 180 degree C oven for 10-15 minutes 😀

  2. Naomi on December 19, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Just made this. It was awesome Kevin!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 19, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Ah i am delighted to hear that! Thank you!

  3. Katia on August 20, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for the amazing show. ????????????
    I have a question please, can I omit the maple syrup? If not, can it be replaced with honey?
    Thank you ????

    • Gemma Stafford on August 20, 2018 at 1:47 am

      Hi there,
      Thank you for your kind comment, we appreciate your support.
      I think you can use another sugar, liquid sugar like agave or honey too. Maple syrup is less sweet than honey so perhaps reduce the amount by as much as 1/2. Agave is a better match if this is something you have. Brown sugar will work well too, but you may need a touch more liquid. Experiment, that is always a good way to work with the mug recipes, then you can tell us how it worked for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Carolyn DuBose on August 16, 2018 at 9:05 am

    love the mug recipes….I often crave cornbread but hate making it just for one person and having to throw half of it out . This recipe will be great for cornbread for one by subbing half the flour for cornmeal.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 17, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      I’m delighted to hear you like this recipe!

  5. Fluffer on April 3, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    can you substitute anything for the corn?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 3, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      feel free just to leave out the corn. You don’t need to replace it with anything 🙂


  6. Myra Rahman on April 3, 2018 at 9:40 am

    This is delicious! And I also do hope Kevin comes in more videos like this.
    I cannot wait to try this and thank you for the bacon substitute. I was also wondering how you can have a melting middle of cheese?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 3, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      Myra that guy is trying to steal my show…;)

      If you want cheese in the middle cut a cut of cheese and show it does there in the middle and then microwave.

      Hope this helps,

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