Beer+Cupcakes= Blue Moon Cupcakes

Pinterest quickly became my favorite pass time ever.  I can’t even tell you what a sad day it was when I discovered it was blocked at work.  Now what am I going to do to avoid doing work?  I do all of my pinning from home now, so the frequency has definitely died down but I still find amazing looking cupcakes to add to my cupcake wish list board.  I came across a pin for Blue Moon cupcakes and decided to add them to the wish list since they were a fun idea, but I didn’t think I’d really make them any time soon.

I wanted to make some cupcake this weekend but decided I only wanted to do something new so that I could write about it.  Of course I decided to consult my Pinterest board and found the Blue Moon cupcakes which I had forgotten all about. Boy cupcake likes Blue Moon, so I decided I’ve give them a shot, I mean how bad could beer and a cupcake be?

[Inspired by Miss Make]

Cupcakes (makes 12)

  • 6 Tbsp. softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 Tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tsp. orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Blue Moon beer
  1. Prepare cupcake pan with 12 liners and preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add in eggs one at a time mixing until just incorporated and add in vanilla, orange juice, and orange zest
  4. Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl
  5. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternating with the milk and then beer until everything is mixed together
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown

Frosting

  • 2 egg whites at room tempreture
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 Tsp. orange zest
  • 1/4 Tsp. cream of tarter
  • 1/3 cup water
  1. In a saucepan, mix sugar, water and cream of tartar. Cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites, vanilla and orange juice until soft peaks form. Slowly add hot sugar mixture, beating continuously. Beat for 7 minutes until stiff peaks form.
The smell of Blue Moon while they were baking had me really excited for these.  When they came out of the oven, I brushed them with a little of the leftover beer in the bottle before giving it to Boy Cupcake to drink.  This made them super moist and I think added some more beer flavor since it kind of cooks out.  I frosted these with a crap ton of frosting and there definitely could have been less frosting (I know, that sounds like a crime to say).

These were a win.  The cake was moist but fluffy and the frosting was super light and almost marshmallow-like.  There was a lot of orange flavor in the frosting, which I might tone down next time so that you could taste more of the beer but overall they were “refreshing” according to Susical and “F*ing awesome” according to Boy Cupcake (he’s so eloquent with words).

xoxo,

~CurlyCupcake

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2 thoughts on “Beer+Cupcakes= Blue Moon Cupcakes

  1. You may also try making a Blue Moon reduction to intensify the flavor in the cupcakes. I’ve done it with chocolate stout and it worked pretty well. The smell of simmering beer isn’t always the greatest kitchen aroma, but one of the sacrifices we make I suppose. 🙂

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