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Air fryer Cornbread Cake with Candied Bacon and Honey Buttercream Frosting

By: Bella Bucchiotti
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!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 46 minutes
Total Time: 56 minutes
Servings: 9


Cornbread Cake 

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


  • 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.


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
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