With the flavors of a maple bar, try this moist, delicious birthday dinner party Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze; also a breakfast or brunch treat!

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 (and delicious served with my Easy Maple Ice Cream). Prepare the bacon (Cinnamon and brown sugar? Yes!) Watch the VIDEO!!

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

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Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze

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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 pan with baking spray.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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More maple recipes: Hot Maple Bourbon Apple Cider [Foodie with Family], Maple Frosted Apple Blondies [View from the Great Island], Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting [RE], and Apple Pie Pull Apart Bread [Oh Sweet Basil].

Buttermilk Cake with Maple Bacon Glaze

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