Air Fryer Cornbread Cake with Candied Bacon and Honey Buttercream

Do you know what my latest passion is? It’s this air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon! Cornbread is already delicious and let’s face it, everyone loves bacon! So how could this air fryer cornbread recipe with honey buttercream frosting be anything less than incredible! This sweet cornbread with icing is always a tasty addition to the menu.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon and honey buttercream icing.

This moist corn cake offers something for everyone. You get both sweet and salty flavours, the soft fluffiness of moist corn cake with the tantalizing crunch of crispy bacon. Is your mouth watering yet?

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon and honey buttercream icing.

Air Fryer Cornbread Cake with Candied Bacon Ingredients

There are three components to this air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon and made with cornmeal. You will need yellow cornmeal to make this sweet cornbread with icing. Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and butter combine for the cornbread. And then you also have honey and maple extract in there for sweetness.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon and honey buttercream icing.

For the candied bacon you will need brown and white sugar. And then for the honey buttercream frosting, grab some butter, powdered sugar, sour cream, salt and honey.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon and honey buttercream icing.

How to Make this Cornbread Dessert

Candied bacon is simple to make and it’s so good with this moist corn cake made with cornmeal. Dip bacon slices in sugar then cook them in your air fryer. If you add some water to the air fryer the bacon will crisp up instead of just smoking in there.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon and honey buttercream icing.

The next step in this air fryer cornbread recipe is to prepare the moist corn cake. Whisk the flour with the cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and soda, and salt. Mix the eggs with the butter, honey, maple extract, and buttermilk in another bowl. Then simply combine the two.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon and honey buttercream icing.

Transfer the prepared batter into a cake pan and cook for about 40 minutes. You can start making the honey buttercream frosting while the cake made with cornmeal bakes.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon and honey buttercream icing.

Whip the ingredients for the honey buttercream frosting, adding in the icing sugar little by little. Once you have folded in the bacon, you can cover your sweet cornbread with icing. Finally, add some crumbled candied bacon as a garnish and drizzle over a little honey.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake. You will love this sweet cornbread with icing and candied bacon.

This air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon isn’t hard to make at all but it offers so much amazing flavour in every mouthful. It’s a perfectly delicious cornbread dessert which is so easy to prepare. You simply have to whisk the ingredients together to make it and then make the honey buttercream frosting and spread it over the moist corn cake.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake. You will love this sweet cornbread with icing and candied bacon.

Corn is a naturally sweet ingredient which is tasty in both savoury and sweet recipes. I love this air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon because it offers both salty and sweet.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake. You will love this sweet cornbread with icing and candied bacon.

How to Make This a Savoury Side Dish

Prefer a savoury recipe to a sweet one? You can make this air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon as a side dish too. Swap the maple and sugar from the batter and instead add chopped jalapenos, garlic and onion. Also, forget the icing. You can still make candied bacon but why not add some cayenne pepper as well as the sugar, for a special kick. Such a recipe would be great with homemade chilli or another kind of meat stew.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake. You will love this sweet cornbread with icing and candied bacon.

You know, this air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon is one of the best cornbread dessert options made with cornmeal that I’ve made. So whether you’re looking for a sweet cornbread with icing to indulge your sweet tooth or an extra special air fryer cornbread recipe, this air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon is perfect. Try it for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or as a snack.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake. You will love this sweet cornbread with icing and candied bacon.

History of Cornbread

Cornbread has been around for hundreds of years and it’s believed that corn first originated in Mexico’s Tehuacan valley 7000 years ago. It was roasted then ground into a meal and shaped into cakes which were then added to stews, it’s believed. Corn all that time ago didn’t look like modern corn today. Instead it resembled wild grass with a few seeds on the stalk.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake. You will love this cornbread dessert or side dish with bacon.

The best seeds were planted for the following year’s harvest which is how the corn cross-pollinated and became what we know and love today.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake. You will love this cornbread dessert or side dish with bacon.

The Colonial diet held corn in high regard as a staple. It was mixed with eggs, yeast and molasses to make a cake of sorts. The Iroquois pounded corn into flour then added water and maybe nuts and/or berries. This dough was cooked in boiling water to make little corn dumplings.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake. You will love this cornbread dessert or side dish with bacon.

If you like this sweet cornbread with icing, you might also like Air Fryer Bacon Loaded Cornbread Pudding, Easy Candy Apples or Chocolate Chip Buttercream Jam Sandwich Cookies.

Air Fryer Cornbread Cake with Candied Bacon and Honey Buttercream Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon and honey buttercream icing.

Air fryer Cornbread Cake with Candied Bacon and Honey Buttercream Frosting

Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 46 minutes
Total Time: 56 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Bella
This air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon is delicious! Cornbread is delicious and everyone loves bacon! So how could this air fryer cornbread recipe with honey buttercream frosting be less than incredible!
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Ingredients

Cornbread Cake 

  • 1 Cup all purpose flour 
  • 1 1/4 Cup cornmeal yellow
  • 2 Teaspoon baking soda 
  • 2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 Teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/4 Cup honey raw

Candied Bacon 

  • 6 Slices bacon  thick cut
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup granulated sugar

Honey Buttercream Frosting 

  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F for 5 minutes.  
  • Prepare candied bacon. Combine brown sugar and sugar in a small bowl, then pour onto a plate. Dip both sides of the bacon into the sugar mixture. To prevent the bacon from smoking in the air fryer, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water into the tray under the basket. Arrange bacon in the air fryer basket and cook for 6 minutes. No need to flip. Crumble the bacon and set aside ¼ cup for the frosting. 
  • Prepare cornbread cake. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk well to thoroughly combine.  In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, maple extract and honey. Make a small divot in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour in the egg mixture. Use a dough whisk or wooden spoon to lightly mix, then add the candied bacon. Mix well until smooth
  • Pour cornbread batter into an 8” round cake pan. Cover with foil to prevent burning. Cook for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  • Prepare honey buttercream frosting. Use a stand mixer or hand mixer for this step to properly whip the buttercream. Add the butter and salt to a mixing bowl and beat until fluffy, (about 2 minutes). Slowly start to incorporate the powdered sugar a little bit at a time, (about 2 minutes) Once fully incorporated, add the honey and sour cream. Set the mixer to medium/high speed and mix for 1 more minute. Fold in the candied bacon. 
  • Remove cornbread cake from the pan and frost. Garnish with candied bacon and drizzle with honey.

Nutrition

Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 781mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 447IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

Fast forward a few years, and you have wonderful recipes like air fryer cornbread cake with candied bacon. This sweet cornbread with icing is a far cry from what corn cakes used to be hundreds or even thousands of years ago. It’s always worth adding the best air fryer cornbread recipe to your culinary repertoire. Once you taste this, you’ll know the recipe is a real keeper! This fall recipe makes a great cornbread dessert or side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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  1. Stacey Evans wrote:

    5 stars
    YUM! never had it with icing and bacon

    Posted 9.10.21 Reply
  2. Heather wrote:

    I can’t believe you made this in your air fryer! I can’t wait to try it.

    Posted 9.13.21 Reply
  3. Amber Myers wrote:

    Oh yum, I’ve never tried a cornbread cake before. I am intrigued. I bet I’ll love it!

    Posted 9.13.21 Reply
  4. serena wrote:

    5 stars
    Hard to go wrong when candied bacon is on top! Yum!

    Posted 9.13.21 Reply
  5. Victoria wrote:

    Oh yum! Honey buttercream. I’m drooling I love finding recipes, slavishly desserts that can be made in the air fryer.

    Posted 9.14.21 Reply
  6. TIsha wrote:

    5 stars
    I love that you air fried the cornbread, such a great idea!

    Posted 9.14.21 Reply