This is a hunk of a cake that is a showstopper. The salty sweet candied bacon makes this a crazy-delicious sensation but you can make this cake minus the bacon and you will still be worshipped. Maple Cookie Crust is one option here (or ginger snaps if you like or the usual graham) or you can go the distance with the alternate, easy, secret crust. This is a celebration cake like no other. If you don’t make it for Thanksgiving, December 17th is National Bacon Day or July lst is National Cheesecake Day. Don’t freak out with this recipe: it’s essentially candied bacon (oven takes care of that), cheesecake, some add-ins, and an addictive maple bourbon caramel sauce. If you’re a guess at Thanksgiving and not knocked-out with the regular menu, show up with this cake. No one will forget you.