Bacon is tasty. Maple syrup is tasty. Why not combine them? Use plain yellow or white cupcakes for this frosting -- surprisingly, bacon is delicious when you combine it with certain sweet things, but don't let it get too complicated.
Begin with a batch of homemade or store-bought plain yellow cupcakes; you'll need one dozen. Next, fry four or five slices of bacon until it's crispy. While your cupcakes and bacon cool, it's time to make the maple glaze.
(Yields glaze and garnish for about one dozen cupcakes)
Begin by adding the vanilla to the powdered sugar, then gradually whisk in the maple syrup until it becomes a smooth, thick glaze. If it's too thick, or if the whisking becomes too difficult, add water a few tablespoons at a time until you get it to your desired consistency. Ideally, the mixture should be thin enough that you can dip your cupcakes in it to glaze them, but thick enough so that the bacon will stick. Frost the cupcakes by twisting them top-down in the glaze or by drizzling the glaze over them. Garnish the cupcakes with crumbled pieces of bacon.