Last Updated on January 22, 2024 by Allison Lancaster
Rich and creamy, this maple bacon apple cake has a surprising cheesecake layer and loads of fluffy maple bacon frosting! So many delicious flavors combined here in one delicious dessert!
Do you need a fancy dessert that will absolutely WOW your friends and family, but don’t think you have time to do so? I have the perfect recipe for you! What if I told you that you could combine the saltiness of bacon with the sweetness of applesauce and have a delicious dessert? It’s true.
I think that the only thing that makes it even better is the fact that in between the light, tender, cake layers is the creamy no bake cheesecake. Loads of fluffy maple bacon frosting complete this amazing confection.
You’re gonna need a cup of coffee to fully enjoy this one, trust me. Or maybe a glass of ice cold milk. Whatever you choose, you don’t want to delay in making this for your family.
How do I make this maple bacon apple cake?
Start by cooking 1/2 pound of bacon until crisp. Set aside to cool, then chop or dice into tiny pieces. In a separate mixing bowl, mix all the wet cake ingredients together. Mix until blended, then add the dry ingredients and 1/2 of the cooked bacon and combine until just well blended. You don’t want to over-mix this, as that can lead to a tough cake.
Pour batter into 2 9 inch round cake pans, sprayed with no stick spray. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
How do I make the no bake cheesecake layer?
Simply whip the cream until light and fluffy, then stir into softened cream cheese and sugar. This is best if made ahead of the cake, allowing time for it to completely chill in the fridge for 4 hours before using. Once you have leveled the cakes, layer the no bake cheesecake layer between the layers.
How do I make the maple bacon frosting?
Simply cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth, then add powdered sugar until you get your desired consistency. I prefer mine to be more stiff. Stir in remaining bacon, and then frost your cake layers.
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Maple Apple Bacon Cake
- 1/2 pound bacon cooked crisp
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups applesauce chunky preferred
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmet
- 3 8 ounce packages cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup butter unsalted
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 pound bacon cooked
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 9-inch round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and line the bottom of each pan with a circle of parchment paper.
Cook 1 pound of bacon (1/2 for the cake and ½ for the frosting), until crispy, using your favorite bacon cooking method. Drain grease, patting dry with paper towels. Chop into manageable pieces, and then process in a food processor with dicing option into tiny pieces.
Mix wet ingredients and then add all the dry ingredients and ½ of the bacon and stir to combine until just mixed but smooth. Do not over-mix.
Divide batter evenly between the two cake pans and bake for 37-45 minutes (mine was right at 40), or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Set cake aside to let it cool in the pans for 30 minutes to an hour, and then drag a knife along the outside of the cake to make sure it isn’t sticking to the pan at all before removing the cake from the pan.
Level the cakes using a leveler to remove the curved top. Toss top, or use in another recipe like cake pops or cake truffles.
Cream together cream cheese and sugar until smooth, with a hand-held mixer. Mix in maple syrup.
In a standing mixer, whip heavy cream until thick.
Stir whipped cream into the cream cheese and sugar mixture until smooth.
Spray a 9-inch cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and place a parchment circle on the bottom of the pan. Pour the cheesecake batter into the pan and spread out evenly. Refrigerate the cheesecake layer for 4 hours or overnight, and then put in the freezer for 20 minutes before assembling the cake.
To make the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese together. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time until it reaches frosting consistency. Add in bacon and maple syrup and mix in.
To assemble the cake, start with one of the layers top side down on a cake plate. Add a small amount of frosting over the cake layer, and then add the cheesecake layer. With a knife, scrape away any excess cheesecake layer that hangs over the cake, so it is even with the cake.
Add a small amount of frosting to the top of the cheesecake layer and then top with the remaining cake layer, top side down, and finish frosting the cake as desired.
Makes 12 servings.