There IS Such a Thing as Too Much Bacon


Bacon Fest was a bacon extravaganzaaaaa! There was chocolate covered bacon, bacon brownies, bacon soup, bacon dip, bacon wrapped gizzards (couldn’t bring myself to try one), bacon pinwheels, bacon scotcharoos, bacon…YOU NAME IT! My contribution? French Toast & Bacon Mini Cupcakes!


The base was French Toast mini cupcakes, to which I added some maple extract and 4 pieces of bacon, obviously!


This batter, by the way, blows every cupcake batter I’ve ever had in my life completely out of the water. Incredibly thick, dense and luscious…ohhh yum.



Topped with a swirl of butter cream icing laced with more maple flavoring and a sprinkle of crispy bacon, why, if I shut my eyes I could have been sitting down to a full French toast and bacon breakfast!


The maple flavor in the cupcake batter and creamy icing was SO fragrant and paired perfectly with the salty, crispy bacon. It also made it so these weren’t just um, cupcakes with bacon…! ;)


Aren’t they cute?!


I looooove miniature versions of things. I think they’re so much more fun and special. :) 


By the time we left the party, I was fairly certain that I would be just fine if I never had to lay my eyes on another piece of bacon again! My fingers were so fat and pudgy from all the salt, but what does one expect from attending something called Bacon Fest, hmmm?? ;) We had a great time, and the rest of the weekend shall be consumed with drinking copious quantities of water and vegetables. Lots and lots of vegetables!

Ok, and some carbs. :) I picked up some of these David’s Deli Multigrain Bagels at the store today. Actually a pack of multigrain for me, and a pack of plain for Ben – they were 4/$5!


These bagels are HEARTY but not too big. I hate those bagels that are as big as your head – who needs that much bagel?


Toasted to crunchy, yet chewy, perfection, and topped with a smear of almond butter.


omg, there is nothing better than almond butter on a hot bagel. Nothing!


Look at the crunch factor we’ve got going on here, too! Awesome!


Well, Ben and I are switching it up a little this afternoon – we’re going to his parent’s house for lunch! After that I’m planning on either hitting the gym, or doing two levels of 30 Day Shred. I know, I’m scared – however all this salt needs to exit my body pronto! Jillian will know what to do! ;)

Have a wonderful afternoon!


Have you ever been to a food festival?

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  1. Wow, CHOCOLATE bacon!? Two words I’d never thought would go together!! Your cupcakes look so pretty – the bacon looks like petals :P I would so have loved to have tried some of those dishes….
    I’d recommend 2 sections of Jillian – I did 2 & 3 one after the other not that long ago, and boy was it a good workout, well recommended!!
    Have a good rest of the day :)
    (:O and how heavenly does your breakfast look!!?? crikey)

  2. Oops! I forgot to change the links/url to my new blog name :P

  3. mina 02.28.2010

    i need to attend this bacon event.

    also, your mini-cupcakes are adorable!

  4. Sounds like an event I would’ve LOVED! The cupcake idea is genius!

  5. Evan Thomas 02.28.2010

    MMmmm those cupcakes look fantastic! I have not been to a food festival but I sure wish I had now

  6. emily 02.28.2010

    Ooooh, great choice for your dish! I went to the Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival (here in Buffalo) and it was definitely a good time.

  7. Erin 02.28.2010

    I love 30 Day Shred and Jillian of coarse, but have you checked out her No More Trouble Zones? I like it even better than the Shred! Have you found any other workout DVDs you like? I love your blog and all of the great recipe ideas you have!

  8. Nicole 02.28.2010


    Just started reading your blog and I love it. So many great, tasty sounding recipes. And I love your sane, balanced approach to healthy eating. Its really inspiring.

    I had my first green monster smoothie this morning and it was great. I threw a little fresh ginger in and it gave it a great kick. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. I can’t wait to try your baked oatmeal next.


    btw, I’m also a Hawkeye– graduated from UI in 2004!

  9. Sonia 02.28.2010

    Hi Iowa Girl!! I absolutely looove your blog!
    I am a new blogger and I added you to my blogroll :) I hope you’ll tell us how Level 2 of the Shred is! I’m on Day 6 of Level 1.

  10. Run Sarah 02.28.2010

    Sounds like bacon overload! Those cupcakes look adorable though. Two levels of the Shred? Intense, girl!

  11. We did a food fest in Seminary with foods from around the world of all the nations represented. It was always delicious.

    And I have the as big as your head bagels. They are an entire meal and a half.

  12. Your cupcakes sound fantastic!! Back when I used to eat bacon and now when I eat turkey bacon, I love to dip it in maple syrup. I’ll have to try the cupcakes (minus the bacon hehe).

  13. Abby 02.28.2010

    OH wow!! They are so cute!!! Too bad I don’t eat meat!!!

  14. Wow bacon fest sounds a little too intense for me! But your cupcakes look AMAZING!

  15. katie 02.28.2010

    haha that is so much bacon! i do love me some bacon+syrup tho!

  16. Jen 02.28.2010

    I’m a sucker for anything maple and those cupcakes look amazing.

    I’ve gone to a Peach Festival in Palisade, CO a couple times. It’s pretty amazing. Peach salsa, peach ice cream, smoothies. . .

  17. Are you going to post the recipe to these cupcakes??? I’m mostly interested in the batter!! Not sure I could justify the bacon if I wasn’t going to my own Bacon Fest!

  18. Danielle 02.28.2010

    Those cupcakes look so good! Yum!

  19. Katie 02.28.2010

    I stumbled upon a Goetta Sausage festival in Newport, Kentucky. and it was the strangest thing ever (fantastic event for people-watching!)

    Questions for you… Where do you grocery shop? I noticed that some of your ingredients aren’t exactly at a Kroger or Wal-Mart. And what kind of almond butter do you buy/how much do you pay for it? I’d love to try it, but I’m partial to my $2 Meijer natural peanut butter and would hate to spend a ton on almond just to try it!

  20. Andrea 02.28.2010

    I’ve been lurking your blog for quite a while now, but since I don’t have one of my own I have been hesitant to comment!

    I’d just like to say I love following and keep on keepin me entertained!
    Second– a question. Does exercising/sweating really help reduce that puffiness I get from too much sodium? I’ve been trying to literally drown myself by drinking like 5 water bottles after a salty meal but it does not help!

  21. Lindsay 02.28.2010

    Hi Kristin,
    I came upon your blog a few weeks back while searching the web for a recipe for Chipotle Burrito Bowls! Love your version, and I have tried many of your recipes. I am now eating oatmeal every morning! :-) Keep ’em coming!
    So, I just wanted to say hi, and I may need to make these cupcakes for my hubby. He would be all about Bacon Fest! Yum!

  22. Those cupcakes are so cute! I bet they tasted delicious. :-) I could definitely see not wanting bacon for a long time!

    We have a few food festivals in our city … there’s one where local restaurants get together, you buy food tickets and can try dishes from the restaurant. There’s music, wine, and it’s a good time! There’s also a heritage festival where there is a tent for a LOT of different countries where you can buy food of that heritage. I really like that one because it’s nice to have the variety.


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  24. Holly 02.28.2010

    you have completely and utterly out done yourself with this recipe. amazing. i don’t even really like bacon, but i am contemplating licking my computer screen.

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  26. AP 03.01.2010

    I’m going to have to get in on this 30 day shred. Swimsuit season is around the corner. Anyone think my downstairs neighbors are going to mind?

  27. kathy 04.01.2010

    Oh that’s really cute and looks yummy! I love bacons. Bacon in my sandwich, in my pasta, and now in my cupcakes too. Thanks for the recipe! :-)

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