Cook bacon until crispy, making sure to save the bacon grease (you will substitute this for the vegetable oil called for in the cake mix recipe.) You can put a cookie sheet or drip pan under the grates in your grill to catch the drippings. Once cooled, chop up bacon into bits of desired size, and set about 1/3 cup aside for the “sprinkles”.
Preheat your MAK grill to 350 degrees. Prepare boxed cake mix according to directions, using your bacon grease instead of vegetable oil. Add 2 tsp of maple extract to batter. Stir in chopped bacon, and spoon into muffin tins. Bake in your MAK according to the directions on the box.
While cupcakes are baking, stir the remaining maple extract into the vanilla frosting, adding more if desired.
Let cupcakes cool-approximately 30 minutes after baking, frost with maple flavored icing, and sprinkle bacon bits on top!!