Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Star's Favorite Sweets: Blue Moon Cupcakes

The weather is warming up, summer is in full bloom and BBQ season calls for fun recipes!  I'm not normally a beer drinker but I really enjoy a cold Blue Moon this time of year.  When I came across this recipe for Blue Moon Cupcakes on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it!  These little cakes are exactly what they sound like: yummy cupcakes that look and taste like delicious Blue Moon Belgian Ale. The cake has a slight citrus flavor and you can taste a hint of the wheat in the background from the beer.  The frosting is absolutely delicious!  It is light and fluffy, just like the foam on top of the beer.  The frosting truly is my favorite part of the cupcake and I plan to use it for many various types of cupcakes in the future.  This is such a fun recipe - I just had to share it with you!  

I have now taken these cupcakes to a few different events and they are always a crowd pleaser.  They are a great treat to whip up for summer time events and I can guarantee that the men in your life will be in awe!  Make sure you bring along some beers (Blue Moons, of course) to complete the experience!

Isn't this a beautiful cupcake?!  It just begs to be eaten... and washed down with a cold Blue Moon!

Blue Moon Cupcakes
3/4 c unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 c sugar
2 1/2 c flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
2 drops red food coloring
10 drops yellow food coloring
1/2 tsp orange zest
1 c Blue Moon beer
1/4 c milk
Frothy White Frosting [recipe follows]
small orange slices, for garnish

1. Line 24 cupcake trays with liners. [Use white liners if you can, they become translucent during baking and really sell the mini Blue Moon image]. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking power and salt.
2. In a large bowl beat butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar a little bit at a time, beating well. Once it's all added beat for 2 more minutes.
3. Add eggs, beating after each.
4. Add vanilla, food coloring and orange zest and beat.
5. Mix beer and milk in a measuring cup. Alternatively add beer / milk mixture and flour mixture to butter mixture in the large bowl, beating after each. End on the flour mixture.
6. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake for 18 minutes at 375 degrees F until cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
7. Once cool, frost each cupcake with a generous amount of frosting. Just before serving, garnish each with a small orange slice.

Frothy White Frosting
2 egg whites, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp orange juice
1 c sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/3 c 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.

Recipe courtesy of Miss Make

Happy Baking,

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