Craft Beer Cupcakes

ThinkstockPhotos-461897763Some of you might know that I love cooking. But I love cooking with beer even more. So when my husband suggested a 21st birthday party for my stepson where the cake was made with beer, I got excited. The only problem was I made beer cake before and I wanted something just a little bit different. So with the idea in mind I started looking and what I came up with is beer cupcakes! I could make several different kinds and have some fun experimenting with flavors as well as enthralling all types of taste buds. I started hunting the internet for the perfect recipes. I finally settled on 6 different cupcake flavors:

Apple beer cupcakes

Raspberry Frambois cupcakes

Wittikerke cupcakes

Hard Root beer cupcakes

Bacon and beer cupcakes

IPA cupcakes

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I’ll give away one of my secrets here, and one time only… white cake mix! Yep, all it took was white cake mix, 2 eggs and a bottle of beer of your choice. Reserve 1/4 cup of beer for your frosting if you like. Some additions to the cupcakes that I used were as follows.

Apple Beer cupcakes – I used shredded apple about 1 cup added a little apple pie spice.

Framboise cupcakes – I added crushed up fresh raspberries.

Wittikerke – Instead of using the 1/4 cup of leftover beer in the frosting, I used 1/8 of a cup and added just enough fresh orange juice and orange zest to lightly flavor the icing.

Hard Root beer cupcakes – I used a whipped cream icing and instead of beer I flavored a little heavy on the vanilla extract.

Bacon and beer cupcakes – I used a lager and crumbled up pieces of bacon in the batter. For the icing I used a buttercream base with no beer but added maple syrup and a quarter piece of crispy bacon on top.

IPA cupcake – I used an IPA made with citrus hops. For the icing, I made 2 different kinds; one with grapefruit juice and grapefruit zest, one with blood orange juice and blood orange zest in it.

The party was a big hit as were the cupcakes! Not only did I feed my passion for baking with beer and give my stepson an awesome 21st birthday, but I also created a cupcake that seemed to delight (especially the birthday boy, whom I think ate one, if not two, of every kind!)

So whether you’re preparing for a party, looking for something different or just want some yummy cupcakes, give at least one of these a try. The sky is the limit, and your local beer consultant can help you select the perfect flavors suited for you and your family’s palate!

Heather Fassett, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits beer consultant

Follow me on Twitter @abcBeerHeather

3 thoughts on “Craft Beer Cupcakes

    • allies2015 says:

      Hi!

      The author used the following recipe:
      1 box of white cake mix
      2 eggs
      Bottle of Framboise
      Reserve 1/4 cup of beer for frosting if you like

      She also added crushed fresh raspberries to the batter.

      Happy baking, happier drinking!

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