The southern litmus test: If you’re drooling right now, you must have spent some time in your life below the Mason-Dixon line.

Chicken and waffles (yes, served together) is a southern tradition. And let me tell you, if you want to get your hands on some of the world’s best chicken and waffles, here in Atlanta is the place.

I wanted to pay an homage to this salty-meets-sweet southern dish the best way I know how—with cupcakes.

So here you have it. A waffle-inspired yellow buttermilk cupcake topped with maple syrup buttercream frosting and a mini helping of chicken and waffles.

And just in case that whole deal doesn’t sound amazing enough, let me tell you what else is special about these guys: Each cupcake is infused with a shot of straight-up maple syrup right in the center.

Why? Because I’m just like Buddy the Elf. I try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

I completed my cupcakes with a little help from another Atlanta institution, Chick-fil-A. If you want to fry up your own bite-size bits of chicken for these ‘cakes, more power to you. But I know that I could never top Chick-fil-A’s nuggets. Plus they’re literally the perfect size.

And if you’re wondering how you eat these, I’ll let you in on a little lesser-known culinary secret: Just bite down. Make sure you wrap your teeth around each layer from top to bottom and take a huge bite of everything at once. It’s not called chicken then waffles, it’s chicken and waffles.


Want to get started on your own chicken and waffles cupcakes? Check out the recipe right here: