Mug Cakes & Meals

Maple Bacon Cheddar Mug Muffin

5 from 5 votes
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!
Easy Maple Bacon Cheddar Mug Muffin recipe - a mug cake packed with sweet and salty flavor!

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Hi Bold Bakers!

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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Maple Bacon Corn Cheddar Mug Muffin

5 from 5 votes
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!
Author: Kevin Kurtz
Servings: 1
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
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!
Author: Kevin Kurtz
Servings: 1


  • 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


  • In a microwavable mug, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Using your fork, incorporate the cubed butter into the dry ingredients. When done it will resemble fine breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the milk, maple syrup, bacon, corn, and cheese until your mix forms a batter.
  • Microwave for roughly 1 minute (this timing is based on my 1200W microwave so yours might vary)
  • Top with additional bacon, cheese, corn and chives, enjoy warm!

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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Carolyn DuBose
5 years ago

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.

Emma Li
Emma Li
1 month ago

This is so simple and looks delicious! Wouldn’t it be even yummier and add som more protein with an egg in there? 😋

Kirsten Ball
3 years ago

I love bacon 🥓 and maple syrup and cheese 🧀 so it is right up my ally instead of useing cheddar cheese I used Kerry gold Cheese and it was amazing thank you Gemma

Kim Corcoran
Kim Corcoran
5 years ago

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!!! 🙂

5 years ago

Just made this. It was awesome Kevin!

5 years ago

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 ????

6 years ago

can you substitute anything for the corn?

Myra Rahman
Myra Rahman
6 years ago

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?

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Meet Gemma

Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.


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