Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze

Do you love a moist, fresh maple bar? Well then you’ll love this delicous Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze!

Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze

Yesterday was our daughter’s 18th birthday and our home was filled with love and celebration!

Abby’s friends came for dinner and we enjoyed a pretty table, yummy food, and this amazing Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze. Eh-hem … this is what Abby requested!

I had planned to make something else, but it’s pretty easy to navigate in a kitchen and change up a recipe!

It seems like yesterday that Abby was 3 …. with her Barbie cake! If I remember right, I made that cake in a glass Pampered Chef 2-quart bowl. Flipped it upside down, stuck a Barbie in the middle, and frosted it.


So many fun memories, it seems like yesterday when we celebrated on a warm, sunny October afternoon.

Abby's 18th Birthday with Roasted Honey Pear Crostini


We enjoyed this cake for her small birthday dinner party!

Plan the menu.

We were coming home from a soccer game, so I had to be prepared with the food. I served Vegetarian Quinoa Enchiladas (recipe to come) with a mixed salad with orange, avacado, red onion, and poppy seed dressing, and this amazing Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze. I was able to cook the enchiladas half-way before I had to leave the house, and then place back in the oven for 15 more minutes of baking time right before serving.

Salad was made – check!

Cake prepared in the morning – done!

Set the table.

I used baby fall mums for the table with a blue, rust, and orange theme.

Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze

Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze

The cake was easy. Prepare the bacon (Cinnamon and brown sugar? Yes!) Make the {buttermilk} cake and the glaze; poke holes after baking and pour on the cake.

Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze

Spread the glaze and sprinkle with bacon! Do you love maple bars? Well, you’ll love this cake if you do!

Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze

All it takes is a little planning to make a special party for someone. The years are dwindling with my kids at home, so I’m sitting back and enjoying these precious moments.

Moments are with us forever–unlike gifts or tangible things that we buy—engrained in our hearts and minds.

No one can take them away–they are beautiful and free.

When is the last time you planned a simple birthday party for a family member or friend? What did you serve?

Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze

Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Do you love a maple bars? If so, you'll LOVE this cake!


  • 8 slices bacon
  • 3-4 T. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. maple extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 pan with baking spray.
  2. Mix on low the softened butter, sugar, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture—flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Mix well and pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let the cake cool on wire rack for about 15 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, place 8 slices of bacon on a broiling pan. Sprinkle lightly with brown sugar and cinnamon. Broil for 3-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of bacon. Do not burn, but make sure it is crispy. Cool and set aside. Cut into small pieces.
  5. To prepare the glaze, in a small saucepan, melt the butter and syrup together over medium heat. Add the maple extract. Whisk the powdered sugar into the hot mixture until smooth.
  6. Poke holes in the cake with a fork and immediately pour the glaze over the cooled cake. Spread evenly and sprinkle with bacon. Best if served warmed, or indivudually heat each piece before serving.

Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze


  1. What an awesome cake! Happy birthday to your girl!

  2. Once again… another dish to “pin” and give a try.. ;)

    This sounds delectable…and simple!

    Love that color scheme you chose for your daughter’s birthday, too.

  3. OH my goodness…this sounds so good! I may have to try it…We did something simple for my hubby’s birthday. Just family, simple dinner. My oldest will be 19 in a month so we will probably do a simple dinner with a few friends and grandma and grandpa.

  4. Happy Belated Birthday, Abby :) This cake looks so decadent and delicious. Happy Thursday, Sandy!

  5. Sandy,
    I could eat this cake every day, all day. My problem with bacon being part of another recipe is that I wouldn’t have enough bacon left to add to the main recipe. Happy belated Birthday to your daughter.

  6. I want this right now!

  7. Husband turns 33 on Saturday. He took one look at this and decided he wanted this for his special day, too.

  8. She’s adorable & this cake looks delish!

  9. I’m making this today for Bible study group…I’m assuming in step #2 the egg is added with the rest of the wet ingredients. Hope it tastes as good ss it sounds!

  10. This is exceptional ways to celebrate happiness.

  11. Making this today and noticed you left out where the egg and maple extract go in recipe directions!

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