Chicken and Waffle Cupcakes*

You know how most people see the line & stop? I run wayyy past it. I am so far gone, I can’t even see the line anymore.

This cupcake is going to split all of us into two groups. People who think this is outrageous and love it…and people who just don’t get it. And I understand not getting it. I really do! I mean…Chicken, Waffles, and a Cupcake? How on earth does that go together? It breaks all the rules and is just plain ridiculous. Who the hell would do that?

Me — I would do it. The wife of a man who ate a Krispy Kreme Burger. The girl who loves outrageous cupcakes.

Jorge and I are both huge fans of the Southern classic Chicken & Waffles. We order it just about any time we see it on the menu because we are determined to find the best version. So when I stumbled upon the idea of these Chicken & Waffle cupcakes on Formal Fringe, I knew I would have to make them. So I ran with the idea and made a Maple Cinnamon Scented Cupcake with Maple Buttercream and topped it with a Chick-Fil-A nugget, a piece of waffle and a drizzle of maple syrup…all held together with a toothpick.

Verdict? An amazing, one time treat. Would I make these all the time? No, it’s a novelty thing…plus my jeans couldn’t handle it. But what an amazing novelty it was! The soft cupcake, creamy maple buttercream, chicken and waffle is amazing when drizzled with a splash of maple syrup.

The only difficulty with this cupcake is how the hell do you eat it?  If you are Jorge, you shove it all in your mouth at once. When you are 6’4 and have ginormous hands, it doesn’t look so bad and you can get away with it. But if you are a normal sized human being, like me, just use a fork and knife! 😀



Chicken & Waffle Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes


Maple Cinnamon Scented Cupcake:
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (4 oz) unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup buttermilk

Maple Buttercream:
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
pinch of salt

12 pieces fried chicken (such as Chick-Fil-A nuggets)
1 Waffle, cut into 12 pieces


Maple Cinnamon Scented Cupcake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a medium size bowl combine dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder). Set aside.

In stand mixer, beat eggs, sugar, applesauce, vanilla extract, maple syrup and vegetable oil.

With the mixer on low, alternate dry ingredients and buttermilk, until fully combined.

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on cooling rack before frosting.

Maple Buttercream:
Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract, salt and pure maple syrup and combine well.

Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, give it a taste and decide if you want to add in more maple syrup. For thicker frosting you can gradually add in a little more sugar.

Pipe buttercream onto cooled cupcakes. Skewer a piece of waffle and fried chicken with a toothpick and stick on top of buttercream. Before serving, drizzle maple syrup on top!

Maple Cinnamon Scented Cupcake: Novice Chef Blog Original
Maple Buttercream: Originally posted in September 2010

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49 Responses to “Chicken and Waffle Cupcakes”

  1. 1

    Kathryn — September 8, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    I think this may be the craziest cupcake that I’ve ever seen but I want to try it so badly! I think I’ve actually broken my brain trying to work out how this must taste. Love it!

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    Madi @ Sit Down and Eat Your Peas! — September 8, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    This looks uh.mazing! I love maple syrup with any kind of meat…well I really love it with anything at all! And did you try the Krispy Kreme Burger?? My cousin had one and I snagged a bite…how I avoided an immediate heart attack is beyond me. I tried it for the bragging rights, I loved it for the doughnuts…It.Was.Delicious!

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    Shawnda — September 8, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    Whoa! I definitely fall into the group of “that is a seriously wild cupcake and I’d like to try one, please.”

  4. 4

    Leah @ LoftyBites — September 8, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    I love chicken & waffles and I love cupcakes so this combo sounds great to me! We almost served chicken & waffles at our wedding :) The pictures definitely make me want to take a big bite. Beautifully styled!

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    Danielle — September 8, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    Oh wow, I want to try that.

  6. 6

    Joanne — September 8, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    Back when I ate meat, I really did love chicken and waffles…though everyone around me always gave me strange looks when I ate or ordered it! In cupcake form…it’d definitely have eyes turning, but it’d also definitely be delicious!

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    UndomesticBride — September 8, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    This has to be the most amazing cupcake recipe I have ever seen! Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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    serena @bigapplenosh — September 8, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    Sounds like an amazing concoction! :)

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    Emily@SoDomesticated — September 8, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    Love it… looks delicious!

  10. 10

    Paula — September 8, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    Totally outrageous, totally unique and totally you. Breakfast, lunch and dessert all stacked into one pop art of a treat.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — September 8, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    Girlfriend… This is crazy!

  12. 12

    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — September 8, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    My mind says in it’s best Brian Fellows impersonation “that’s crazy!” but my gullet says BRING IT!

  13. 13

    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — September 8, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    Now THIS is creative! I love it!

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    Shannon — September 8, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    Ok, first of all, a maple cinnamon scented cupcake sounds fantabulous. But add the buttercream ,the chicken and the waffle and it’s totally up and out there. LOVE IT!!

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    Jen @ — September 8, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

    I’ve never had chicken and waffles, but this cupcake does look delicious. I’d have to eat it with a fork too.

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    Kimiko — September 8, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

    WOW! This is probably the most amazing, creative cupcake I’ve ever seen…I love Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, which is pretty much a landmark here in Southern California, so I’m gong to have to try these!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 9, 2011 @ 6:26 am

    I definitely am in the “love it’ group! These look amazing and so architectural! What a fun cupcake.

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    kokocooks — September 9, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    I’d think I’d try one of these cupcakes once, just to say I did. There’s a chicken and waffles food truck here in Orlando. Granted, it’s the only time I’ve eaten the dish, but their version is amazing! You should come down and try one. :-)

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    kita — September 9, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    Damn girl. These are a work of pure evil genius.

  20. 20

    Tina — September 9, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    I. Love. You.

    This is Uh-mazing! Seriously, girl!

  21. 21

    Karriann Graf — September 9, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    What a lovely combination! Happy Baking!

  22. 22

    Susan — September 9, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    This is so cute…..and looks amazing. Looked at the same recipe on Formal Fringe and your presentation is so much more appetizing and playful. Looks so yummy too! Love your blog!

  23. 23

    Shannon O'Connell — September 9, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    Did you ever know that you’re my hero?

  24. 24

    brandi — September 9, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    you have got to be kidding me. i probably would have eaten one for breakfast if I could have!

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    DessertForTwo — September 9, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    Will you marry me?
    Sorry, Jorge.

  26. 26

    Katrina — September 9, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    Just checked out your cupcake collection and LOVE it! You are the cupcake queen! I won’t be making these since I don’t eat meat, but I’m going to send the recipe to a few of my friends. It’s so creative!

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    Nicole, RD — September 9, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    I think I’m going to go with GENIUS on this one! I’ve never had chicken and waffles but seeing as I LOOOOOVE both foods, and there’s no choosing between sweet or savory, I’m not sure how you could lose. YUM!

  28. 28

    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — September 9, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    These cupcakes are insane!! My boyfriend is from Atlanta and always talks about Waffle House, Chick-fil-a and chicken and waffles. He would be speechless if I made these!

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    Courtney — September 10, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    What?! How the?! Okay, I need one of these asap!

  30. 30

    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — September 10, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    Chicken, Waffles, and a Cupcake? Hello!! Sweet and savory deliciousness! :)

  31. 31

    Kathleen @ the lushers — September 10, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    I’m sorry to say, I’ve never had chicken & waffles. I know it’s a southern thing, but just doesn’t seem to be a North Carolina thing…but I am pretty sure, if you put Chick-fil-A on something, I’ll eat it. I think they put crack in that shit ( especially to make you crave it on Sunday).

    I might be making these soon!

  32. 32

    Chiara @ The Wandering Cook — September 12, 2011 @ 5:15 am

    It sounds so crazy that I might actually love it!

  33. 33

    La Petite Gigi — September 12, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    OMG!!! I want to grab it through my screen and nom on it! Clevah, clevah. Must try it!

  34. 34

    marla — September 12, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

    Soooo adorable & FUN!! Love that tiny waffle on top.

  35. 35

    Kathy - Panini Happy — September 13, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    Wow, these are so incredibly creative! Fantastic!

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    Wow, thank for recipe.

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    Jen — February 9, 2012 @ 5:40 am

    AMAZING idea! Wow. Just wow :)

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