If You Give a Kid a Pancake…

If you give a kid a pancake on his birthday, chance are he’s going to want a candle.  And if you give him a candle, chances are he’s going to want to blow it out.  And if he blows it out, chances are he’s going to want to lick the frosting off of the candle.  And if you don’t have frosting chance are you have ruined the birthday.  Did you know that you can make cupcakes out of pancake batter? They bake up into little cupcakes that taste just like pancakes.  Take it a step further with cream cheese maple frosting and you have the perfect celebratory dessert, I mean,  breakfast.    It tastes just like pancakes with maple syrup.  Adding a slice of bacon or bacon sprinkles is optional.  But if you make a kid a pancake cupcake with maple cream cheese frosting chances are he’s going to want a side of bacon.  – Andra

For the Cupcakes

2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1½ cups whole milk

2 eggs

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Preheat  oven to 400 degrees.  Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Combine the dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, combine the milk, eggs and melted butter.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine.  Pour the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 10 minutes.  Let cool and frost with maple cream cheese frosting.  Top with pieces of crispy bacon.

For the Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature

8 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon of maple extract

Combine all of the ingredients in an electric mixer.

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