Espresso Pound Cake with Maple Bacon Icing

Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins
Add'l 45 mins
Total 1 hr 55 mins

This Espresso Pound Cake with Maple Bacon Icing is one of the best loaf cakes I’ve ever made! It’s a gorgeous sweet and savory treat that tastes like heaven alongside a cup of coffee.

A Collage of Images of an Espresso Pound Cake and a Nespresso Coffee Maker

Espresso Pound Cake with Maple Bacon Icing

Hello, my name is Jessica and I used to buy $4 cappuccinos all.the.time.

To be honest, I am a coffee snob. I wish I wasn’t and I hate to admit that I am. I have tried making french press coffee — I can never get it to taste right  and it takes FOREVER — I have owned a Keurig machine and I have made regular coffee with a regular coffee pot. But I ALWAYS go back to one of the coffee shops that have the big espresso machines. I am a total sucker for a rich espresso filled with foamed milk.

Enter in my love of Nespresso. Over a year ago my friend Laura Ashley introduced me to her darling Nespresso Machine. She also had the Aeroccino Plus (an ahmazing milk frother that does 2 kinds of frothed milk, plus cold & hot). Every time I would go over to her house she would make me a giant cappuccino with freshly ground nutmeg on top. I was in total coffee snob heaven!

I put off buying one because I thought the pods would be really expensive to keep buying…but a few months ago I looked into the actual cost and found that they are only .60 cents per pod. Um hello, I have been paying a crazy $4 per cappuccino. Even with the initial investment for the machine, I would still come out on top.

A Close-Up Shot of an Espresso Pound Cake with Maple Bacon Icing Dripping Down the Sides

Jorge and I have had our Nespresso Pixie for over a month now and we are NEVER looking back. In under 2 minutes (including the heat up time & milk frothing time!) I can have a glorious cappuccino in my hand. My life has never been clearer. I love you Nespresso, please marry me.

As an ode to my love for espresso, I made this dreamy pound cake that features a sweet maple glaze icing and crispy crumbled bacon. The flavors compliment each other so well! If you love coffee, maple and bacon, this is about to become your new favorite dessert.

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Espresso Pound Cake with Maple Bacon Icing

A Close-Up Shot of an Espresso Pound Cake with Maple Bacon Icing Dripping Down the Sides

This Espresso Pound Cake with Maple Bacon Icing is one of the best loaf cakes I've ever made! It's a gorgeous sweet and savory treat that tastes like heaven alongside a cup of coffee.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes


For the Espresso Pound Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons double dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup strong espresso, cooled (I used Ristretto by Nespresso)

For the Maple Bacon Icing

  • 1/2 teaspoon whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 strips center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled


For the Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and butter the parchment paper as well. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, throughly mixing each time. Add vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  4. Add half flour mixture and half espresso. Mix. Add remaining flour mixture and espresso and mix until smooth and no large lumps remain.
  5. Transfer batter to prepared baking loaf pan. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let sit until cool, at least 45 minutes and then remove from pan.

For the Icing

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, pure maple syrup, and maple extract. Add powdered sugar, whisking until smooth.
  2. Slowly pour the icing on top of the cooled poundcake and sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Serve immediately.


If you have a HUGE sweet tooth, you can sprinkle your bacon with brown sugar before it bakes to make candied bacon for the top!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 1gSugar: 50gProtein: 8g

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Disclosure: I received a gorgeous Nespresso Pixie just like the winner will get…but I was not compensated to write this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own!

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486 Responses
  1. CateS

    Expresso made into Cappuccino.. first had in Italy in 1977… Long before it ever made it to middle america’s small towns…

  2. Marie-Claire

    I love my latte, and my capuccino! I became fans of both pages! And retweeted your recipe, I am intrigued enough to try it this weekend. Even with the bacon on top :))

  3. LeGwen

    I love my espresso decaf and light, so you can taste the dark and cream together, oh yeah. If it’s not decaf I bounce off the walls.

  4. kita

    I don’t want to enter for the giveaway – but I had to stop by and say how amazing this pound cake looks. Seriously, Holy Wow.

  5. ErinsFoodFiles

    Cappuccino w/ ginger syrup! And I’ve been lusting after Nespresso machines since sampling at Williams Sonoma!

  6. Kristin

    I douse espresso with cream, sugar, and a splash of vanilla or white chocolate flavoring! I’m not brave enough to go solo!

  7. Christine W

    My preferred espresso is in a cup of warm milk with a spoonful of sugar. Cafe con leche is both a morning delight and after dinner treat in our home! 🙂

  8. Alyse

    OOH, I didn’t realize I could do the coffee question completely separately! In that case, I also love an upside-down caramel macchiato!

  9. Alyse

    My Facebook profile is private, but I am already a fan of The Novice Chef and now ‘liked’ Nespresso as well! And as I said before — vanilla latte, light foam, and usually over ice, too!

  10. Tara

    I take my espresso decaf in the for of cappuccino (the more foam the better) with a shot of hazelnut. I have a caffeine intolerance, but LOVE the taste of espresso!

  11. Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures

    Yum! I love cappuccinos, frappuccinos and basically anything that comes from an over-priced coffee shop!

  12. Chelsea E

    I love dark espresso. Nothing added. Just pure goodness. Following you on both Facebook and Twitter 🙂 and Nespresso on Facebook! I want this machine! Its so great!

  13. Amy

    I’m not a huge coffee person (it has to pretty much be a dessert before I’ll taste it) even though I run a cafe once a week at my church. This machine would be so cool to have there! Thanks for all your great posts!

  14. cory

    I like a shot of espresso in my brewed coffee to make it a “red eye”! Or when I want a high calorie comforting drink, a latte with with cream and sugar.

  15. grace

    i like a latte with some sort of flavoring. caramel is awesome. white chocolate is even better. caramel AND white chocolate is delicious beyond words. 🙂

  16. Danny

    I like mine straight up but the better response is that my wife loves it! (She’s actually making me enter this!), she likes it with lotsa cream and sugar!

  17. Siva P

    I like my espresso as a Latte(with steamed milk). I like it before work..I like it before play. I like it in the morn…I like at night, sometimes afternoon, and even in twilight.
    As you can see am a latte addict!

  18. Amy M

    Honestly, I’ve never had just an espresso (blushing red) but I think the Pixie might convince me to try one! I usually have a cappuccino with a dash of sugar in the raw. MMM!

  19. Melissa G

    Cappuccino is my go to coffee drink, well except now that it’s a billion degrees outside I switch it up with a frappuccino

  20. Melissa

    Cappuccino is my go to coffee drink, well except now that it’s a billion degrees outside I switch it up with a frappuccino

  21. Ann

    Coffee, Bacon and CAKE?! All in one? Now THAT’S what I call breakfast! What a fun giveaway and delish recipe!

    I drink my espresso with hot milk….a latte!

  22. Lucy M

    I like my espresso as a latte in the morning, but take it black after dinner. I follow you on Facebook and just liked Nespresso.

  23. Jessica

    Already a fan of yours on facebook and just liked Nespresso as well. I am a latte kind of girl but love all things coffee 🙂 That pound cake looks amazing!!!

  24. Shauna in Dallas

    I am a fan of both The Novice Chef Blog and Nespresso on Facebook! I hope this extra entry helps me to win!!! Here’s hoping!!! 🙂

  25. Shauna in Dallas

    I love cappucino! I would absolutely LOVE to have this machine and the aeroccino! The Keurig just isn’t doing it for me and the ever growing cost of the coffee chains for a cappucino with a sprinkle of cinnamon is skyrocketing! Or so it seems!

  26. Angela

    my espresso – double shot with about 2 tbsp piping hot water, 2 tsp french vanilla creamer, 1 tsp half n half, 1 packet truvia. AWESOME.

  27. Chelsea

    I love love love lattes and cappuccinos!! I have been drooling over the nespresso machine forever!! I’m already a fan of your blog and liked nespresso on Facebook and linked the giveaway on my fb page too!!

  28. Jessica Yag

    I love espresso any way I can get it… but I’d say my favorite way is with lots of cream and 23 billion sugars.. you mentioned it, not me (re-posting– my email was wrong on the one before! yikes not enough espresso yet today!)

  29. Jessica Yag

    I love espresso any way I can get it… but I’d say my favorite way is with lots of cream and 23 billion sugars.. you mentioned it, not me 😉

  30. Anna

    I tweeted, I already had you on facebook, now I also have Nespresso on FB and I love my esspresso without sugar or milk after lunch. However first thing in the morning I take milk in it.

  31. Alessandra

    I like my espresso in a latte with a shot of caramel syrup! I also like a shot of espresso in my coffee…talk about wake up call!

  32. Megan O'D

    Lattes…lots of milk, no sugar! This recipe reminds me of my favorite doughnuts from Voodoo in Portland, OR…I must try it…today, I think!

  33. Ericka

    How do I like my espresso? Every which way I can have it!! By the way, thank you so much for all your giveaways and I love reading your wonderful blog!

  34. Neisa

    I drink it as cappuccino with steamed milk and cinnamon sprinkled on top. I am a fan of both you on Facebook and now Nespresso. I also tweeted it (@lulcalooblog). Thanks for the great giveaway and my husband is so excited about your new recipe, cannot wait to make it.

  35. Briana P

    I love espresso almost any way possible. I got hooked when I was a Starbucks barista many many years ago, and love customizing my own drinks. Right now I’m totally into iced lattes with soy milk and some caramel syrup—YUM!

  36. cindy brickley

    I like my espresso Straight up! I would love to win. I live way out in the Valley, so getting a good espresso, well it’s out of the question.

  37. Jessica E.

    I love a good cappuccino, with nonfat milk. For an extra treat I’ll sprinkle a packet of sugar in the raw (love the crunch) or drizzle some caramel sauce on top of the foam. Mmm!

  38. Francesca

    Love, Love, Love lattes!! Add 2 splenda and I’m in my happy place! Add a slice of lemon pound cake and a book…my perfect evening.

  39. dana

    when i lived in australia i had a nespresso and loved it. when i moved to israel is started drinking fresh turkish coffee. when i lived in new orleans it was chicory coffee. when i lived in florida it was cuban coffee or cafe con leche. my coffee tastes change with my location! yum!

  40. Wendi Broden

    I love my espresso in white chocolate soy mochas — that is a HUGE weakness! Would be so awesome to make them at home instead of paying so much for them! Awesome giveaway! Thanks so much 🙂

  41. Jessica Lynn

    YUM!!! I want that poundcake AND the Nespresso! Living in Italy has jaded me. At first their coffee was too strong, but now I like it. My favorite espresso drink is called a “macchiatone” and it’s basically a cappuccino with less milk and not as much foam!

  42. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Dude, this poundcake is so awesome. I seriously want a slice of this every morning for the rest of my life!

    As for the awesome giveaway, I love my espresso with a caramel drizzle.

  43. Jennifer W

    On rare occasion (and if it’s very good espresso) I’ll drink it straight. But otherwise there’s not much that can top a well-made latte.

  44. Cookin' Canuck

    Um, this poundcake is going to be floating through my dreams. What a perfectly decadent piece of sweetness.

    As for espresso…in a latte, please. I am at the point where I am so tired of paying for lattes and would LOVE to be able to make them at home. This is how cheap I am about it…in the summer, I buy a double shot of espresso and mix it with ice and milk at home. One buck less than just buying an iced latte. Yeah, I have issues.

  45. Elena V

    Someone taught me this a few years ago– line your mug with caramel syrup, pull an espresso shot into it, and top with whipped cream and drink it immediately. There’s something heavenly about the combination of fresh espresso (sweet and nutty), richness of caramel and lightness of whipped cream. It is my favorite treat!

  46. Madeline Obler

    I usually drink my espresso with just non-fat milk, BUT when I’m feeling crazy, I get Starbucks to add coconut syrup – yum! 🙂

  47. April

    I love to have my espresso straight up. Unless of course the coffee is less than awesome…In that case I drown it in sugar and milk.

    LOVE candied bacon too! There’s an awesome little pub near my apartment that has an apple fritter dessert, sprinkled with candied bacon.

  48. Danielle

    I totally fell in love with lattes once I had the salted caramel mocha latte at Starbucks! I am assuming any coffee-drink with salt and caramel would rank high in my books 🙂

  49. Cori

    A latte is the perfect combination of milk and espresso for me! Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabulous giveaway!

  50. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I take it with a bucket of cream and some vanilla stevia and make sort of a vanilla latte of sorts

  51. Shannon Stevenson

    Posted on Facebook… And getting ready to treat my co-workers to your Expresso Poundcake (they have an obession with bacon donuts so I’m thinking they will LOVE this!) Cake Batter Tuffles were a big hit! Thanks so much 😉

  52. Robyn Theresa

    Definitely been a fan of you and Nespresso on FB for a while now! Love my coffee with cream, chocolate, and syrup flavorings!

  53. amy @ uTryIt

    I’m addicted to espresso with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. It’s the perfect dessert in the summer! This Nespresso is a beauty. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  54. Amanda W

    I take my espresso sweet & creamy, when I have one. I prefer a solid mocha but this little dandy machine might convert me.

  55. Alison @ Ingredients, inc.

    omg i want this so bad!! Your stuff rocks girl! I would love to make a cappuccino with this

  56. Ginny L.

    Just liked Nespresso on FB. (I also just realized that this would make the best present for my husband come Christmas.)

  57. Ginny L.

    Liked you on Facebook! I can’t believe I haven’t already since I’m subscribed through email, Twitter and Instagram. 🙂

  58. Shari Declet

    I’ve been a fan of The Novice Chef, and just became a fan of nespresso. AND I’m on my way into the kitchen to make that pound cake now! Yummy!!!
    Hope I win!!

  59. Tina {My Life as a Mrs}

    i added them on Facebook… and I think I may follow you too 😉 ummm can i say how badly i want that random number generator to pick me?!?!?!

  60. Jessica

    I love my coffee light and sweet, just like me! (ok, I was joking about the last part, I don’t have an over active ego, but I do love coffee!!)

  61. Heather

    this is fortuitous…i was LITERALLY just thinking 5 minutes ago that i should invest in an espresso machine. i love my espresso in cappuccino form, extra foam!

  62. Elisabeth

    I love my espresso in a cafe with a good book! But mostly with lots of hot Milk and something chocolate to go with it.

  63. Myshell

    I love seeing your posts on FB! I am giggling a bit because I just found a great copycat recipe for a Starbucks Frapp, coffee is definitely on my brain!

  64. Veronica

    Omg I would DIE for this machine! I am a latte addict! I loove soy cappachinos just straight up perfect as is!! 🙂

  65. Kate

    Grande non-fat latte with one splenda. Simple simple and soooo delicious. Makes me wish we had a Starbucks within 10 miles! I would LOVE a Nespresso. Bought one for my in-laws (and an Aeroccino) that I may steal ;). Can’t convince my husband that this is high on our priority list…but seriously. I need my espresso!!! (Also – fan of both pages now, and posted the contest on my wall.) Thanks for the opportunity! Love the recipe.

  66. annie

    Latte or cappicinno (sp??). I’m a french press and locally roasted coffee snob (I originally typo’d snot, which may be more accurate) and am more than a bit skeptical of the pods.

  67. Jill

    I WANT this!! I love coffee, lattes, espressos, cappuccinos. You name it, I want it. So, yeah, I like them all. 🙂

  68. Erin Crowley

    I have just moved to the west coast and being taught all about Americanos. I try one in every new coffee shop I try. Really curious about the Africanos though…

  69. Rachel

    I’m a fan of both on FB 🙂 I so need to win this, I’m a student & live on coffee, but struggling to afford it from that big US owned coffee company every day!!

  70. Lisa Peterson

    I am a fan of both on FB. I like my cappucinno with lots of cream, no sugar. I always laugh and say that’s the only thing not southern about me, no sugar in tea or coffee. I am making this pound cake for tomorrow. Yummy!

  71. Patty

    I was already a fan of yours, and you’ve inspired me to become a fan of Nespresso. I have been stalking the Nespresso at Williams Sonoma for months! It’s so pretty and perfect.

    I love cappuccino first thing in the morning, and then a shot of espresso in the afternoon to get me over the afternoon hump.

  72. Angelle Tibbets

    Have had the Nespresso Citiz since I moved back from Rome!! It may be on its last leg! Love being a coffee snob! I like mine straight up or as a cappuccino! I have been a fan of Nespresso for two years and yours for a few weeks. I put the contest in my FB status! Thanks!

  73. Sarah Williams

    Amazing giveaway! I have been drooling over this machine for a while now! I just love espresso all the ways!

  74. Amy Aguilar

    I discovered you on Pinterest and have been a fan since. I favorited both pages on Facebook.
    I long for a good, inexpensive cup of coffee at home. Would love to try Nespresso!

  75. Jessica

    I love vanilla almond or soy milk with my espresso. And putting it in baked goods like you show above, of course!

  76. Sherry

    Sounds like an AMAZING machine! I’m a latte girl — espresso with loads of cream and sugar but I could be a cappuccino convert! A fan of yours on Facebook and now Nespresso!

  77. Emily

    I love my espresso in Vanilla Lattes! I’m still a slave to Starbucks, so I’ll be happy if I can make my own at home!

  78. Steve @ Grocery Alerts Canada


    I love this brand! I take my espresso black usually – if it is made correctly. I also enjoy my lattes!

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