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Beer, Bacon and Maple Syrup Cupcakes!

Beer and Bacon together in a cupcake? Yes, you heard right! You can learn how to make this weird and wonderful recipe below...

(Makes 12 cupcakes)

For the Cake! 

  • 210g of self raising flour
  • 2 eggs 
  • A pinch of salt 
  • 1tsp of baking powder 
  • 1/2tsp of baking soda 
  • 1 bottle of Harvey's Olympia Beer 
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of butter

For the Icing! 

  • 130g of butter 
  • 550g of icing sugar 
  • 6tbsp of Harvey's Olympia Beer 
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 rashers of bacon 
  • 1tbsp of maple syrup 


  1. Preheat the oven mark 4/350F/180C and grease cupcake cases with butter.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar together in a mixer. Add eggs one at a time until mixed.
  3. Add in baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt.
  4. Grab a separate bowl and pour in ¼ of the mixture, then pour some of the beer in, continue to mix.
  5. Continue alternating until all the ingredients are mixed in.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, leave to cool. 

To make the icing: 

  1. Cream the butter and some of your icing sugar. Add vanilla extract.
  2. Alternatively add some beer (like you did previously with the cake mixture). If the mixture is too wet add icing sugar, if the mixture is too dry add more beer.
  3. Cook two rashers of bacon, glaze in maple syrup.
  4. Carefully pipe the icing on top of the cupcake.
  5. Cut bacon up into small squares (or shape of your choice) and sprinkle on top.


Made by Chloe Stokes, Marketing Assistant at Harvey’s Brewery.

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