Blue Moon and Corona Cupcakes

With citrus at its prime this month, these cupcakes are the perfect combination of the seasonal fruit and the upcoming seasonal event – the Super Bowl.  Everyone around here is very excited for the game since Connecticut people tend to be either Patriots or Giants fans, but personally I’m excited because it means the end of football season is near!  Maybe I can actually get Ryan to hang out with me on Sundays again :)  So if your football enthusiasm is anything like mine, consider making these beer-infused cupcakes to celebrate instead.  If I can’t enjoy watching the game, at least I can enjoy the food that surrounds it!

I could have used some Budweiser and Coors Light for these cupcakes if I wanted to be truly Super Bowl-esque, but Corona Light and Blue Moon are my favorite so I went with selfishness instead.  Plus I wanted to incorporate a complimentary fruity frosting, and since Corona is always served with a lime wedge and Blue Moon with an orange, they were the perfect lagers for the job!  I used my favorite cream cheese frosting spiked with some lime and orange zest and juice and it was a great compliment to the boozy cupcakes.  The beer flavor doesn’t always survive the baking process very well, so I just poked some holes in the cupcake tops and brushed a little beer on each to increase the flavor.  Worked out wonderfully in the end, thanks to Miss Make for the inspiration!

Since the beer, zest, and citrus juices are added to the cupcakes at different times throughout the batter-making process, I couldn’t just split the cake batter and mix in Corona/ lime in half and Blue Moon/orange in the other half – it involved a little more work than that.  I actually whipped up the two batters separately, so if you’re looking to save some time just choose one flavor combination to work with.  I was more partial to the Blue Moon and orange combo, but probably because I’ve always favored orange-flavored goodies.  Plus I also love the stark blue and orange contrast and think it pops incredibly.  If you wanted to omit the orange slice and add red sprinkles instead of orange, they’d be perfectly festive for your favored Super Bowl team!

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Blue Moon and Corona Cupcakes

Recipe adapted from Miss Make


for the beer cupcakes:
3/4 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-3/4 cup sugar
2-1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp orange or lime zest
1 cup Blue Moon or Corona beer, plus more for brushing on tops
1/4 cup milk
Orange/lime wedges and sanding sugar for garnish

for the citrus cream cheese frosting:
12 oz cream cheese, cold
6 tbsp butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange/lime juice
1 tsp orange/lime zest
4 cups powdered sugar


for the beer cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add eggs, beating after each addition then add the vanilla and zest.
- Combine milk and beer and alternatively add this mixture and the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture with the mixer on low speed, starting and ending with the flour.
- Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.
- When cupcakes are done, poke holes in the tops of the cupcakes with toothpicks and brush some beer on each while still warm.

for the citrus cream cheese frosting:

- Cream together the cream cheese and butter in an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the citrus juice and zest and gradually add the powdered sugar until well-combined. Beat until smooth for about 2 minutes.
- Load frosting in a piping bag fit with a large star tip and pipe cupcake tops once cooled.
Recipe yields 24 cupcakes.


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180 Responses to “Blue Moon and Corona Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Mal — January 26, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    I love blue moon (it’s one of the few beers I actually like to drink) these look fabulous!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 26, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    I saw blue moon cupcakes awhile ago and kept meaning to make them but other things always got in the way. They look so pretty!

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    Urban Wife — January 26, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    Wow these cupcakes look amazing!

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    Erica | cupcakes and coffee breaks — January 26, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    Those look so pretty! I am totally making those for my boyfriend. Man-cupcakes… haha

    • Anonymous — May 23rd, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

      thats is what I was looking for Man cupcakes …lol

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    buckleyblog — January 26, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    Oh, you’re in CT! Me too. :)

    These are one creative idea. We’ll see if my Superbowl guests get some citrusy, beery goodness in their cupcakes. Thanks for the great recipe. Go Giants!

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    Alysha @Shesontherun — January 26, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    I may be the only one who noticed this, but how do you get your cupcake papers to stay so vibrant? With my experience, it seems like the more pastel the wrapper, the less color you see after it’s baked. Have you ever experienced that? or do you double your liners for the camera?

    LOVE LOVE LOVE you blog!

    • Anonymous — January 29th, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

      I tend to stay away from pastel cupcake liners because they do not show up after baking, and the ones that are paper and foil. I use a lot of vibrant colored cupcake liners. A lot you can find at the supermarket, or cooking stores like Williams-sonoma or Sur la Table, or online at Amazon and the like. Brightly colored cupcake liners that are good quality show thier colors well after baking

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    Maria — January 26, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    Love this recipe- this is a great idea to celebrate the superbowl and Mexican food and recipes all together :)
    If you like Mexican food, you should stop by my blog for all the best recipes and pics! Have a great day! Maria

    You can follow me on @MexFoodRecipes

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    Anonymous — January 27, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    These would be awesome made with Hoegaarden, which is like Blue Moon but has a more spiced flavor. If you like Blue Moon you’d love Hoegaarden.

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    Stefan — January 28, 2012 @ 1:06 am

    Man, cooking with beer is awesome. These look great and now I want to try doing it myself! On a side note, and totally splitting hairs, but blue moon is an ale. Killer job, and thanks for the inspiration.

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    Sara {home is where the cookies are} — January 28, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    Yum! These look great – I LOVE the idea of adding beer. I bet the flavor is awesome. Food is may favorite part of football!!

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    laurenbertrand — January 28, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    i love making cupcakes on my spare time away from school and work. I prefer a buttercream frosting so could you use the same tech. as the cream cheese but make it buttercream…?

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    Erica — January 28, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

    Lauren, buttercream would work well too. Good luck!

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    Devon from Miss Make — January 29, 2012 @ 1:52 am

    glad to see my recipe worked out for you!! nice move with the corona and lime :]

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    Alexandra @ Cho & Me — January 29, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    These are so original!

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    Anonymous — January 31, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    My husband’s favorite beer is blue moon! Mine is corona!!! Jackpot! :) Making these for the superbowl! :) Thanks!

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    Festive Party Girl — January 31, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    What an amazing idea. I love these. They are so perfect for Super Bowl.

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    Mary Ellen — January 31, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    What a great idea! As a beer distributor of Corona and Blue Moon I love recipes with beer.
    Thank you!

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    *Eli — January 31, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    This is awesome! I live in Colorado, so of course a Blue Moon cupcake is very appropriate. Do you have any suggestions for baking these in high altitude?

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    Christi's Chirps — February 1, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    I am dying over these cupcakes! How neat! My hubs and I are MAJOR Blue Moon fans! I’ll definitely be surprising him with these soon!

    Thanks for the great recipe!


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    brooke — February 3, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

    Making the Blue Moon ones for the Superbowl!

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    Jessica — February 4, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    I love this idea, and the recipes. Thank you for the post and the directions! I am not a great baker but I will definitely try to make these tomorrow for the Super Bowl! If I do, I will link you page on my blog! :) Thanks again, Jessica

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    Anonymous — February 4, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    Do these need refridgerated after they are all put together? I’m making them tonight for the Super Bowl tomorrow? I just don’t know the best way to keep them fresh til then. Thank you for the great recipe!

    – Christian

    • Erica — February 4th, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

      Hi Christian! I would suggest storing them in the refrigerator overnight because of the cream cheese in the frosting. I would wait to garnish them with slices of lemon/orange until tomorrow because that can cause the frosting to get watery over a period of time.

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    Anonymous — February 5, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    Hey so I made these today and they are awesome!! But I’m just wondering if they need to be refridgerated for tomorrow? I’m scared the frosting won’t hold up!!

    • Anonymous — February 5th, 2012 @ 12:03 am

      Never mind I just saw the comment above this lol

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    nerdybaker — February 5, 2012 @ 4:15 am

    Going to make these for my Mother in Law at some point. She loves Corona. My Uncle and Cousin love Blue Moon, so thanks for the great idea!

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    Anonymous — February 5, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    My wife was a little nervous because she had never made cupcakes from scratch, but these turned out awesome. The combination of flavors from the ingredients was delicious. My personal favorite was the Corona.

    Great job. We look forward to trying more recipes.


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    Trysha — February 6, 2012 @ 12:12 am

    I just made these today, using Stella Artois. I only got 18 cupcakes, but they are FABULOUS. I used Meyer lemon zest and juice in both the cupcake batter and frosting (for the frosting I used the original PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Frosting recipe because your recipe looked like it would produce way too much for our household)… absolutely SPECTACULAR. Thank you for this recipe!

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    Tina Dare — February 6, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Hey! I made these yesterday, and let me just tell you your directions are AMAZING. I think I’ve made a cake and icing from scratch like…4 or 5 years ago, and I didn’t remember anything, but the cupcakes and icing turned out amazingly! I got exactly 24 per blue moon/corona batch, and the batter was so good and thick, and the icing was light and perfectly shiny! I do have to say, is there anyway to get more of a “beer” flavor in the cupcakes? Everyone at the Superbowl party loved them, but some did say that had they not been told there was beer in the cupcakes, they would have never known! Personally, I loved them, but, is there a way?

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    Anonymous — February 10, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    Oh My Gosh. Just made these for pre-gaming the Band Perry concert and they turned out Incredible! I bake A LOT and have never made such perfectly textured cupcakes in my life. They were not overly sweet and you could definitely taste the beer…just enough to satisfy our 18+ crowd. The lime frosting was o die for…I will definitely be making these again. Thank you for such a creative and well-exicuted recipe!! Cheers!

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    Deb @ Paper Turtle — February 21, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    Mmmmm…saw these on Pinterest and clicked over to enjoy your blog. I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at the lovely photos in your sidebar! Thanks for the recipe – this one’s going on my list of things to try!

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    megan w — February 22, 2012 @ 4:41 am

    These were great! Not one left over, YUM! Thanks!

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    cbp0829 — February 22, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    I made these Super Bowl weekend. Multiple people told me these were the best cupcakes they ever had! Thank you for the recipe!

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    Chad Baker — February 23, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    Great idea. I would suggest trying them with a local, craft beer. The brewery I work makes a wheat beer that blows Blue Moon’s doors off. We also make a stout that a local bakeshop uses in a cupcake and a local gourmet ice cream shoppe uses it in one of their ice creams. The ice cream tastes like the inside of a Whopper or a malted milk ball. Yum. Google craft beer cupcakes and I bet there are some great suggestions for baking. Good work!!

  33. #
    Aidy — February 24, 2012 @ 4:13 am

    These look amazing and made with beer too! Just wonderful!

  34. #
    Anonymous — February 24, 2012 @ 5:01 am

    Just came across these! My MIL loves Corona, so guess what Im making her for her birthday this weekend! Im sure she will LOVE them! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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    Anonymous — March 9, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    My friends and I would love to make these for after our friends tournament this weekend. However, we are poor college students. Would this recipe be ruined if we used a box mix?

    • Erica — March 9th, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

      I don’t think it would be ruined at all – just substitute some of the water for beer and add some lime or orange juice and zest to the mix! Good luck :)

    • Anonymous — March 9th, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so excited to try these. I’ve only heard good things.

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    Anonymous — March 13, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    I made these the other day and they came out great! I only made the blue moon cupcakes though.. still need to try the corona version~

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    Mary — March 17, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    These taste GREAT! And I don’t like beer, but I love these cupcakes! I made them with Corona and lime (no orange). I can’t get over how much I like these despite my distaste for beer. LOL. Thanks for a great recipe. Oh and as a baker, I wondered about the 375° (higher than I use for my other cupcake recipes), but it really was spot on. I just thought I’d throw that out there incase anyone else doubts it like I did. They rounded nicely, cooked thoroughly and didn’t brown, just like your photos! Thanks again.

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    Anonymous — March 20, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    They look/sound amazing! How many eggs do you use?

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    Erica — March 20, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    3 eggs!

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    Anonymous — March 26, 2012 @ 2:15 am

    Has anyone made them with Guiness and are they any good? What kind of icing would or did you use?

    • The Lightning Justice — April 24th, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

      When I make guiness cupcakes, I prefer making a chocolate cupcake rather than a white cake since guiness is so thick and dark.

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    Anonymous — April 6, 2012 @ 4:22 am

    How did you get your frosting so firm? I bended for at least 6 min after all of suger was added and it still kinda marshmellow creamed out on me.

    • Erica — April 6th, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

      How long did you leave the butter out? In my mind, I think of “room temperature butter” as being left on the counter for 30 minutes to an hour. If you use the microwave to speed up the process, sometimes the butter gets softer than desired. Also, was the cream cheese right from the fridge? Those would be my only suspicions – the icing in the photographs was that exact recipe I promise!

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    Kelly — April 19, 2012 @ 1:30 am

    I’m so excited to make these! Do they need to be refrigerated?

    • Erica — April 19th, 2012 @ 1:52 am

      Yes! The cream cheese frosting shouldn’t be left out for too long so I would recommend refrigerated them for as long as possible – good luck!

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    Vanna — April 20, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Salted or unsalted butter?

    • Erica — April 20th, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

      Unsalted! I’ll change that in the recipe above, good luck!

    • Vanna — April 20th, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

      Just wanted to make sure. I used unsalted butter since salt was being added. I made them yesterday and finished the frosting just now. They taste great. Can’t wait to take them to the party tonight :)

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    Anonymous — April 29, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    Made this for a friend’s birthday, they were a huge hit! I made the blue moon cupcakes since blue moon is a favorite of ours. The only thing is maybe I will brush more beer on the tops next time to get the wheat flavor to come through more? The orange flavor is divine. I had a little trouble getting the icing to set.

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    Anonymous — April 29, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    *an addendum to my icing problem: my kitchen is ridiculously hot! So, I put the icing in the fridget while I cleaned. That helped a little bit.

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    Brooke Hudgins — May 1, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    If I split the recipe in half like before it gets mixed would that work to use both beers? I want to make both but the party were having in for a 21st bday and most people tend to focus more on the keg and hunch punch rather then the cupcakes so I dont want to make over 24 cupcakes! Plus living in a house of 7 girls, they would kick my butt if I had 48 cupcakes up for grab in our fridge this week! Haha

    • Erica — May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

      That should work! Good luck :) Sounds fun!

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    Michelle — May 3, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    I made the Corona/Lime recipe and everyone loved them. They came out so tasty and moist. I was wondering if you could convert this recipe into a cake. I’m no a baker, so I’m not sure if I would have to add or subtract any ingrediants. I’d love some advice. Thanks

    • Erica — May 4th, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

      You shouldn’t have to change anything to make it into a cake – just divide the batter into 2 8″ pans or 1 9×13″ pan and increase the baking time for about 10 minutes (and then keep checking with a cake tester to see when it’s done). Good luck!

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    katiegrace1027 — May 6, 2012 @ 5:36 am

    I tried this with Blue Moon and they were great, but I was lazy and didn’t feel like making cream cheese frosting from scratch so I got store bought cream cheese frosting and added the orange juice and zest, they still came out really good. When I tried the Corona version I was even more lazy and got store bought golden cake mix but instead of a cup of water I added a cup of Corona and then lime zest, they were just as good an even easier than making it from scratch. Of course cupcakes from scratch are always the best but the jazzed up cake mix is a good option when you are in a hurry or if you don’t feel like buying a ton of extra baking supplies.

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    Anonymous — May 8, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    If I split the recipe in half and make 12 of each cupcake flavor. should i also cut the beer in half and the lemon and lime also? thanks :)

    • Erica — May 8th, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

      Yes, just half all the ingredients – good luck!

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    Anonymous — May 12, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    Can I substitute the beer for a hard liquor? I was thinking maybe tequila with the lime flavored frosting or cake flavored vodka with a different frosting. I just want to make sure that the substitution will not mess up the batter?

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    Sarah Horwitz — May 24, 2012 @ 12:19 am

    I’m trying these out as I type this! The only changes I made were using Sam Adam’s Summer Ale and lemon zest. I’m hoping these are just as delicious!

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    Anonymous — May 25, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

    Just made these and halfed the recipe…..mistake….they are so good that I want to make more….fantastic Orange taste ..delectibly delicious!!!!

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    Anonymous — June 4, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    You shold add a PIN button to your website. Everyhting looks so good I want to share it!

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    Anonymous — June 12, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    im looking for a heineken cupcake recipe asap

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    Anonymous — June 17, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    Baked these for my husband for father’s day, these cupcakes are absolutely amazing! Tasty frosting and the cupcakes baked well at 375 degrees. I used 1 cup of shock top beer and followed the rest of the directions as listed. Will definitely make these again! Many thanks :)

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    Anonymous — June 19, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    Does the alcohol cook out in these? I’d love to take these to work!

    • Erica — June 20th, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

      Yes most of it cooks out so they’d be perfectly safe for work :)

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    Anonymous — June 24, 2012 @ 2:24 am

    i found your site today and i tried right away the recipe, they’re amazing, the taste it’s amazing, i just change the frosting for a whip cream and i add more corona to it, everebody love them

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    Anonymous — June 26, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    Can you take out the milk and just use all beer to get more of a beer flavor??

    • Erica — June 27th, 2012 @ 2:14 am

      If you want more beer flavor, I would try to brush some on over the tops of the baked cupcakes rather than adding more to the batter – that way you’d be more sure that the beer flavor doesn’t bake out. Good luck!!

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    Anonymous — July 6, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    I love Blue Moon and definitely want to try these. I’m also thinking about using Summer Shandy for a lemony/summer taste. Can’t wait to try!

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    Anonymous — July 11, 2012 @ 1:49 am

    I made these today. I think they are really good, maybe too good. I used Leinenkugel’s Honey Wheat since it’s what I had. You can’t taste the beer very strongly since it’s cooked off, but I think it’s really fun. The frosting is very good and sweet, you don’t need to use very much at all.

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    Catherine Chambers — July 15, 2012 @ 2:12 am

    I just made the Blue Moon cupcakes – half of them are already gone!

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    Anonymous — July 17, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    Thank you for these! I just made these for work and cannot wait to see everyone’s reaction! I got Blue Moon coasters to put them on (instead of plates) and little orange napkins. Really light, cute, appropriate for this meeting, and delicious.

    I overfilled half of the cups, so they’re not pretty enough to serve. Oops! More for me then.

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    Anonymous — July 21, 2012 @ 1:03 am

    By lightly brushing the tops with the beer, does that make the cupcake soggy?

    • Erica — July 23rd, 2012 @ 1:59 am

      Nope, the cupcakes won’t be soggy – just brush them lightly and it might add some moisture, but definitely won’t be soggy.

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    Malynda Barrett — August 3, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    Just made these. Amazing!

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    jinger — August 4, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    Can I use San Mig light beer?

    • Erica — August 6th, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

      Yes, any beer would be fine!

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    Anonymous — August 16, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    I made these last night, for a party today! They stayed very moist and fluffy, and the beer flavor didn’t cook out as much as I thought it would, which I was happy about! One thing I’d suggest, if you do decide to brush the cupcakes with extra beer after they cook, make sure you do it while they’re still warm. (I did not do that with my Corona cupcakes, and they did get a little soggy, unlike the Blue Moon, which I brushed when they were still warm). And do not overfill the cupcakes before baking! I made that mistake with a few of the Coronas as all. Also, my frosting did not come out fluffy at all. It tasted great, but it was more of a glaze. I was a little disappointed, but maybe I didn’t mix it long enough?? Not sure. Also, I waited to put the piece of fruit on the top until today, to keep the frosting & cupcake from getting soggy. Thanks for recipe!

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    elanalauren — September 6, 2012 @ 2:41 am

    Hi Erica! Do you think I could make these with hard cider? And then use apple cider in the cream cheese frosting? thinking about fall!!

    • Erica — September 6th, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

      Yes definitely, and that sounds AMAZING!! Let me know how it turns out :)

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    Kristin — October 15, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    Thanks for the recipe! Some of your recipes use cake flour, which I loved from your other recipes. Does this recipe use cake flour or regular flour, I’m assuming regular flour because you didn’t specify cake flour? Would cake flour be a bad idea for this recipe?

    • Erica — October 16th, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

      I actually think cake flour would be great if you have it. You’ll get a lighter and fluffier cake that would work well with this recipe!

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    Kristen — December 8, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    I just made these for a tailgate I have tomorrow. Let me say…I do not like beer what so ever! I detest it in fact. However, for me to say that these cupcakes were FREAKING AWESOME; is saying a lot. Has just enough of beer for the beer lovers but still tastes like a cupcake and is light and fluffy. I will save this recipe and make these again. I did the blue moon ones as I prefer orange flavor to lime. Thanks Erica! Sharing this recipe with friends.

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    Amy — December 22, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    Hey, I just wanted you to know someone is trying to sell your recipe:

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    stephanie — December 31, 2012 @ 3:21 am

    i just made these (corona) and they came incredible. the frosting was just right with the perfect hint of lime. SO good. bringing them to a new year’s party tomorrow! :)

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    Amanda Deel — February 1, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    I made the Blue Moon cupcakes for my fiance’s birthday. I threw a surprise party and invited all his guy friends. I thought they tasted amazing without frosting and they were great with.

    We’ve added the recipe to our cookbook and my fiance still raves about them. Looking forward to the Corona ones, thanks!

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    Youa — February 6, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    Have you made these into a mini cupcake version? I want to make this but was wondering if I can use a mini cupcake pan instead of a regular cupcake pan. Ideas on much batter to put in and how long to bake it? Thanks!! I love this, idea.

    • Erica — February 7th, 2013 @ 2:51 am

      I haven’t made them as mini’s, but I bet it would work just fine. Fill them 2/3 of the way full, and cut the baking time by about 5 minutes. But depending on your oven it may be more or less- just keep an eye on them and good luck!

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    Youa — February 7, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    Thanks Erica, I am going to try them tonight. Super excited!

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    Lyne — February 7, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    Making these for a birthday party and just wanted to update for people in higher altitude – cut the baking powder by 1/2 to 2/4tsp (dep how high you are) and ONLY FILL LINERS 1/2 FULL! Ask me how I know…

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    Erlinda — February 8, 2013 @ 1:27 am

    I made the cakes and turned out perfect!…. Didn’t have luck with the frosting though… Way too runny to pipe.any suggestions??

    • Erica — February 8th, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

      Was the cream cheese cold when you added it? And the butter just room temperature, not melty? Usually making sure those two things aren’t too soft works for me. And possibly storing the frosting in the fridge for about 20 minutes before piping if necessary. Hope this helps, sorry it didn’t work out!

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    Jennifer — March 6, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    I think you could also use those candies that look like dried fruit dipped in sugar, they come in Lemon, Lime and orange and I think cherry. Instead of the real fruit., than they wouldn’t get soggy. I’m gonna try this.

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    Natalie — March 21, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Made these little babies with my boyfriend’s favorite beer “HalfDome” from Sequia brewing company and he loved them. Topped it off with that delicious frosting and a slice of an orange and they looked picture perfect. This is such a good recipe, and I now look like the world’s best girlfriend to all his friends. Thanks erica! I’m making sure to tell all my sorority sisters where I got this recipe so they can make it for all their guys…

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    Alice — March 22, 2013 @ 2:47 am

    These cupcakes look amazing, just wondering if it would work to use Heineken instead of Blue Moon and Corona? I want to make these for my boyfriends 21st and Heineken is his favourite beer.

    • Erica — March 23rd, 2013 @ 2:29 am

      Yes, Heineken would work well, but it’s up to you if you wanted to do lime or orange frosting!

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    sunny — April 5, 2013 @ 1:34 am

    Making these rt now for my sons 21sr bday! Thanks for the recipes!!!

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    Lindsey — April 14, 2013 @ 3:23 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I made these for my fiancé ‘s birthday today! I did the Blue Moon, but instead of Corona used Leinenkugel Summer Shandy … All of the accents on these I used lemon instead of lime or orange (the beer is brewed with lemonade) … THEY WERE A HUGE HIT!! I have been getting compliments all night! Fabulous directions on how to create these masterpieces!

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    Wendy — April 14, 2013 @ 5:10 am

    Just made the carona cupcakes tonight for my husbands “beer & chili tasting” birthday party and EVERYONE LOVED THEM!!! I was not sure they would turn out since I usually pre-test new recipes, but not this one!! I already have request for next party. LOL….going to try some other flavors others suggested.
    (I did have a problem with the frosting though, followed all suggestions yet it was still not as pipeable as your picture shows. Even after being in fridge for a few hours. Maybe more confection sugar)

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    Rachel — April 17, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    Hi. So does it make 24 cupcakes total? Or 24 Corona and 24 Blue Moon? Thanks :)

    • Erica — April 17th, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

      24 total! Enjoy :)

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    Lilly Sue — April 22, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I love how you took the pictures with the bottle caps in the cupcakes! So cute! I may have to borrow that idea :D

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    Kathy — May 9, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    Has anyone tried this with Wild Blue? It’s a blueberry lager.

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    Esthela — May 27, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    I have these in the oven now! But I used Pacifico beer instead. Let’s hope they turn out great, but I’m pretty sure they will! Thank you for this recipe

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    Nancy — June 16, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    My daughter and I made these for Father’s Day, and used Corona instead of Blue Moon. They’re fabulous! They have just the right amount of beer flavor too. My husband has been wolfing them down ever since we frosted them. We’ll definitely be making these again!

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    SaraNoH — August 7, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    i was wondering if it was possible to use any other beer.

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    Heather Z. — October 19, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Hello! My cupcakes were great especially the icing (did the blue moon cupcakes). However, the cupcake part seemed to be a little dry, any suggestions?? Thanks!

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    Keen — November 10, 2013 @ 2:28 am

    Should the beer be at room temperature ? Coz I know some ingredients make the cake dry when it’s cold.

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    Teresa — November 13, 2013 @ 3:36 am

    I was wondering the same thing…is the beer room temp as well or cold?

    • Erica — November 13th, 2013 @ 3:40 am

      Room temp is ideal but cold should turn out just fine as well!

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    GDS — November 25, 2013 @ 12:36 am

    I actually followed two different recipes this one and a single serve cupcake recipe cause I only wanted to make approx. 5 cupcakes. I Used Bud Light Lime beer! Amazing!

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    Debby — March 3, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    I had some Blue Moon Valencia Amber that I needed to use up – began searching for a chocolate orange cupcake recipe and ended up here. Just changed things around a little adding orange peel and orange juice – my gosh these are some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever made! My husband even likes them and he’s not a sweets person (but he does like a good beer). Can’t wait to try variations with other fruit beers!

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    lauren — March 3, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

    It lookes like these cupcakes are dense. Are they? And if they are is there a way to make them light and fluffly?

    • Erica — March 5th, 2014 @ 12:16 am

      Nope, they were definitely fluffy! Use cake flour if you’re looking for ultimate lightness. Good luck :)

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    Jeterlight — June 10, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

    Does the flour is all purpose flour or self rising??
    Can salted butter be used instead of unsalted and adding the salt?


    • Erica — June 11th, 2014 @ 11:36 am

      All purpose for the flour and yes, you can use salted butter but omit the extra salt in the recipe then. Good luck and enjoy!

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    Laurice O — January 20, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

    Love creative new ideas. In general I don’t like beer and I know that alcohol changes when cooked. What did each taste like?

    • Erica — January 20th, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

      There isn’t a strong beer taste, so if you don’t like beer I think you’ll still like the cupcakes. The citrus flavor is much stronger than the beer flavor. Enjoy!

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    Shaylin Lara — January 27, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

    Hi Erica! Great recipe- was wondering if the cupcake ingredients can be substituted for packaged cupcake mix? I don’t have an electric mixer and want to make sure they turn out!


    • Erica — January 27th, 2015 @ 9:42 pm

      Yes, I think you can definitely use a box mix. Maybe add some citrus zest and substitute some of the liquid in the instructions with beer. Good luck!

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    Amber — May 3, 2015 @ 2:21 pm

    Hi, I know this post is old now but I just wanted to stop by and let you know that this has been my go to recipe for picnics, potlucks, parties etc. for two years, and I get requests for them all the time! Thanks so much for a great recipe!

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    Nicole — May 28, 2015 @ 9:41 am

    Should the beer be cold or room temperature when making these cupcakes?

    • Erica — May 28th, 2015 @ 10:03 am

      Either way! Although room temp might be preferable.

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    Andrea — June 20, 2015 @ 2:19 am

    Do you have any idea of how I can make the frosting look like beer foam? I’m definitely trying this corona recipe out for father’s day!

    • Erica — June 20th, 2015 @ 9:59 pm

      Hmmm maybe just smear it on more rather than pipe it? Look online for some inspiration and enjoy!

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    Andrea — June 21, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

    Hm okay I will thank you! And do you think I can use this recipe for cake pops? What would I change?

    • Erica — June 21st, 2015 @ 10:33 pm

      You can use them for cake pops, just crumble up the cake after it’s baked with some frosting! I don’t think you need to change anything.

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    Liz — May 16, 2016 @ 10:33 pm
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    Nicole — June 16, 2018 @ 2:22 pm

    Hey, thanks so much for this!! I’ve tried beer cupcakes once before and they were much more dry, but these were great! One question– how is your frosting so fluffy? Mine is pretty heavy and kinda melts out of the star shape when I pipe it. Less cream cheese maybe? Should it be colder?

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    Czarina — July 10, 2020 @ 1:30 pm

    Hello… planning to make this tonight for hubby’s bday tomorrow. but i dont have lime or orange on hand, can i use lemon instead? im using corona extra, will it be ok?

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    Gregos — June 21, 2021 @ 1:22 am

    Editor s Note:  Snebbu will be bringing you more of his 100 ways to use beer in food and drinks shortly, but first: a brief holiday interruption. With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, longtime ES reader Pyrles joins us with a holiday recipe that combines two of our favorite things: cupcakes and beer!


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