Friday, June 29, 2012

Desserts for Dudes: Cupcakes-on-Tap...yep, beer cupakes

For the last Desserts for Dudes post this year, I'm rolling out the cupcakes. cupcakes! ::: bake at 350 blog
Cupcakes are not traditionally considered "dude food" around here. Too dainty, too swirly, too sprinkle-y. cupcakes! ::: bake at 350 blog
These, though, these are BEER cupcakes.  Beer is in the cake and the frosting.  And we don't pipe on the frosting,'s plopped.  Very manly.

To top them off: chocolate-covered pretzels.

For the beer, I used Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter.
I'll was 10:00am, and I had a few sips before using it in the recipe.  Let me just say, I know what my beverage of choice will be  tonight.  

The recipe is adapted from The Butch Bakery Cookbook.  As I went to put it in my Amazon cart, I noticed they provided a recipe on the page.  So, this is that recipe...adapted just a bit. cupcakes! ::: bake at 350 blog
After trying it, I'm buying the book.  The cupcakes are deep, rich, and not one bit dry.  The frosting?  C'mon...BEER FROSTING?!?  It is divine. They're not overly beer-y either, just rich and delectable.


{adapted from The Butch Bakery Cookbook}

for the cupcakes:
12 tablespoons (1 & 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup dutch-process cocoa powder
3/4 cup porter or stout beer, poured and settled before you measure
2 large eggs
1/2 cup full-fat sour cream
1 & 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 & 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

for the frosting & topping:
(feel free to use all butter instead of a mix of butter & shortening)

8 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
7-8 cups powdered sugar, sifted
6 TBSP porter or stout, poured and settled before you measure
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
Pinch kosher salt
1 & 1/2 cups coarsely chopped chocolate-covered pretzels

to make the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350.  Line 24 muffin cups with liners.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.  Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa until smooth.  Stir in the beer and set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes.

With an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sour cream until smooth.  Add in the cooled chocolate mixture and beat until combined.
{Chocolate + Butter + Beer.  Now, tell me you don't want to bathe in that.}

Add the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt and beat on medium speed until combined.  Scrape down the bottom and side of bowl as needed.

Divide the batter into the cups, filling about 2/3rd full.  Bake for 15 minutes or until the cupcakes bounce back when lightly pressed with a finger or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool in the pans for 5 minutes then remove and place on wire cooling racks to cool completely.

To make the frosting:
Use the paddle attachment of a stand mixer and beat the butter and shortening on medium until combined and fluffy.  Add the powdered sugar, beer, vanilla and salt, mix on low until incorporated, then beat on medium-high for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. cupcakes! ::: bake at 350 blog
Use a cookie or ice cream scoop to dollop the frosting onto each cupcake.  Remember....these are manly piping. :)  Top with the chopped pretzels. cupcakes! ::: bake at 350 blog

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  1. OMG, you've put so many things I love all in one concoction. Amazing!!

    Pretzels, beer, cupcakes, and cards. Euchre here I come, with a big snack right next to me.

  2. Whoa! You've totally gone and done it now. :)

  3. these look so good, Bridget! I don't even like beer, I know, I'm the only one probably. But I want one of these. The flavor is probably so rich and awesome and love the frosting!

  4. Bridget, i LOVE these cupcakes. My boyfriend would love them. He used to live in Breckenridge, CO so he'd appreciate the porter in the recipe. Plus, I like that you plopped on the frosting rather than piped. So much easier that way! My bf loved my recent Snickers chocolate mousse cupcakes. I just linked them. Thanks Bridget!

  5. Nothing better than plopped frosting. And beer. And cupcakes. And plopped frosting.

  6. These cupcakes sound amazing! I'm not a dude, but I do enjoy beer (and chocolate and frosting, ha!). Definitely making these sooner rather than later! Also, that vanilla beer?! Sounds amazing!

  7. Beer frosting? Oh Sweet Lord! Too bad I'm leaving the country tomorrow because these sound like heaven.

  8. Wow! Those look and sound amazing.

  9. "And we don't pipe on the frosting,'s plopped."

    Hahaha. Thank you for that. :D

    I've never used beer in frosting as I don't really like it (although I love cheddar bacon beer bread) but this looks amazing!

  10. Beer in a chocolate cake makes it so moist and delicious! I love the plopped frosting and the chocolate covered pretzel on top. This recipe is sure to please the men and the ladies!

  11. Beer in chocolate cupcakes... my husband would soo love that!

  12. It always feels awkward when I cook with alcohol in the middle of the day. It seems like it should be OK to have a sample...but then I have the wee ones running around. It would be just my luck to have to make an emergency trip to the pediatrician right then. HA!

    That frosting, in particular, sounds amazing!

    And I made baklava for my hubs for Father's Day. I don't know how "masculine" that is, but it's his favorite. Now he claims to be in "baklava withdrawal"...but he's just going to have to tough out the detox period. He won't be getting any more for a while. ;)

  13. Love these! I like how the frosting looks like kind of like the foam on a glass of beer. :)

    *sigh* I miss beer. :) Saving these for after the baby comes!

  14. LOOOOOVING THIS! I'm not a porter fan but I can agree, this beer is probably your best bet for the tastiest beer cupcake. My boyfriend, however, has a Porter blood-type and would love this stuff. I must make these for him! Beautiful, Bridget! (errr, manly!!) :)

  15. I love that you did not pipe the frosting! These sound and look fantastic.

  16. As a Canadian I have to say that is one girly looking beer bottle !!! LOL I think you may have started a new trend, I love the plopped look icing! Can't wait to try, thanks!

  17. I made beer cupcakes, too! Then I used them to make ice cream cupcake parfaits. :) Will have to try your recipe, too. My dude will love it!

  18. Those are great looking cupcakes! I have to make them for my husband sometime! Thank you for the party too :)

  19. Hi! I know I'm really more of a quiet follower but I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog, and just nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award over on mine!

  20. I'm eating boy food, and I dare you to stop me. I love the idea of the beer in the frosting!

  21. How cool are these?! You are sooo creative!

  22. I have just loved this series, Bridget! But really, do I have to give these all to the dudes? :)

  23. Mmmm - I love the idea of just scooping the frosting on! I made a Guinness cake for a friend's birthday last month, but I ended off wishing I would've done cupcakes instead. I made pistachio creme brulee for a nice dessert for my guy and me because we're both pistachio addicts!

    - Lindsay

  24. These look great. Another must try recipe.

  25. Really? Beer in Cupcakes? This is so original! Have to try this out! By the way, the pictures are really nice!

  26. I know a certain husband who would love this. I'd better save the recipe!!!

  27. I love this series. These cupcakes are a perfect way to cap off another year. Can hardly wait to see what you create next year. This one is going to be hard to top but I know without a doubt that you will.

    Any chance of getting Kiddo back in the kitchen for a few special *Kiddo in the Kitchen* posts. We do miss him ;:)

  28. i pretty much want dessert for dudes everyday of my life. DYING over these.

  29. SO MANLY :D You executed these perfectly; I don't know one man (or woman!) that would turn these down! Beautiful. :)

  30. Um, vanilla porter???? I think that will be my drink of choice, too, once I find it! Yum!

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  32. Yes, that vanilla porter sounds amazing (and it's from Colorado!)....and these cupcakes, omg - I want to crawl through this computer screen. Love it.

  33. That porter sounds so good! I'm not a big beer fan, personally, but it has vanilla in it...hello?! yum!

    These cupcakes sound wonderful! I love chocolate covered pretzels, so that's reason enough for me to make these. :)

  34. Well Done! (From the author of The Butch Bakery Cookbook, David Arrick)

  35. Yum! I want one with my cofee this morning!

  36. Ooh, pinning this as soon as I get home from work :-)

  37. All of the beer cooks right out of these, right? Please? I am totally craving these cupcakes now, but I guess I may have to wait until after the baby arrives. In the meantime, I will return to this recipe once a week and pout! :)

  38. On a recent episode of Cupcake Wars, a team made a chocolate beer cupcake too - pretty unique flavor combination. It was topped with peanut butter buttercream frosting and caramel corn (their twist on a ball game cupcake).

  39. .thanks for sharing

  40. Hi! I want to make these but non-chocolate, is that possible? Do I just remove the cocoa powder or do I have to substitute it with flour?
    Thank you so much!!

  41. Thanks so much for the recipe - made them this weekend for a buddy of my husband's 40th b-day. They were a hit! The guys devoured them! May have had one or 2 myself!
    Thanks again!

  42. Following trying dog carrier, I am acquiring the publication. The cupcakes are deep, rich, and not a single touch dried out. The actual icing? C'mon...Ale Icing?!? It can be mind-blowing. They are not excessively beer-y both dog collar, only prosperous along with truly delicious.

  43. Hi! My cupcakes came out perfectly moist, but I just can't seem to get the frosting right. I've tried twice, both times using only butter, and the frosting looks like it's separating after it sits for about 5 minutes. I wonder if you think going with half-shortening would fix this? I also only add about half the powdered sugar (can't handle the sweet!) so that might make a difference.

    1. I made this with all butter and the frosting was fine. You can't cut back on the powdered sugar. I think that's why you had a problem. I don't like super sweet either but everyone else does - these were gone in 10 minutes at a party I was at recently.

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  45. I have been curious about making beer cupcakes for a while now, and I was having my husband's coworkers over for a movie night, so I decided why not!! I had served 24 cupcakes to 5 people. They were gone in under an hour. When I went to his work Christmas party last weekend, I was cornered by many of his employees begging me to send them to work with him, as the few people who came went back raving!! These are a MUST HAVE at any party, or function!! The only thing I changed, I didn't have the port recommended, so I used Molsen Canadian and added vanilla extract to sweeted the batter.

  46. one word- amazing. That frosting is eat-from-the-bowl good! :)


  47. oh I like that cupcakes
    i love eating that's why im too fat now :)
    but most of the time what i eat are any kind of chocolates
    like milk chocolate ,French macarons, and macarons london and so on.
    well anyway that cupcake recipe above is interesting i wanna try that at home.

  48. I couldn't find anything but a smoked vanilla porter... so I went with a chocolate porter instead. Hope it comes out okay...

  49. These look so amazing.....Yummy!!!

  50. These look great! Probably making them for Father's Day :) But would the recipe work with lager beer?

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  52. Beer cupcakes? What a concept. I reckon this could be enough to get men into the cupcake trend, that's for sure!


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