Cupcakes are a popular dessert that have made their way into our hearts beginning sometime early in childhood. Cupcakes have even made their appearances at more formal gatherings including weddings or black tie parties. Cupcakes can be simple and oftentimes replace a traditional birthday cake at a party because they are easier to serve – no cutting or plating. There are cupcakes for kid parties and cupcakes for adult parties – because who doesn’t love a good cupcake! There are even entire TV shows dedicated to cupcakes and those who make them, which fuels their popularity.

 At home or at a bar, blue-moon Ale is enjoyed by many a beer connoisseur with an orange slice to enhance the flavor of the orange notes in the beer. blue-moon Beer is a medium bodied, unfiltered wheat ale. The brewers add fresh coriander and orange peel. This combination a very different and highly complex tasting beer. blue-moon is also very smooth. Some types of blue-moon have a cloudy appearance because they are unfiltered. The alcohol in the beer does burn off during the cooking process making these cupcakes safe for kids, but they do have a more grown up orange taste that many kids won’t expect from a cupcake.

Many bakers always look for something different to bake. They search and experiment to find a unique recipe. There are few cupcake recipes more unique than blue-moon beer cupcakes. blue-moon Beer cupcakes are the perfect finish to a tailgating party, outdoor get together, sports watching event, barbeques or any casual gathering. Orange cupcakes with blue icing are the hallmark of these wonderfully different cupcakes – even though blue-moon beer isn’t blue – the name evokes the color of the cake and the orange flavors throughout this wonderful beer represent the color of the icing.

blue-moon Cupcake Shopping List

½ cup unsalted, softened butter

1 1/3 cup sugar

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 oranges zested

¾ cup blue-moon Ale

3 tablespoons milk

12 drops yellow food coloring

8 drops red food coloring

Orange Cupcake Icing Shopping List

6 ounces whipped cream cheese

½ cup softened unsalted butter

2 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar

 3 tablespoons orange juice – freshly squeezed

8 to 10 drops blue food coloring

 Making the Cupcakes

 Turn the oven on and set it at 375 degrees Fahrenheit to preheat.
In a large bowl, add 1 2/3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir the dry ingredients until they are well blended.

Place ½ cup softened butter into a second bowl. Use an electric hand mixer to cream the butter.

Add 1 1/3 cups sugar to the butter. Use the hand mixer to thoroughly blend the butter and sugar.

Pour the two beaten eggs into the butter and sugar mixture.

Blend the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture.

Add 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract, 12 drops of yellow food coloring, 8 drops of yellow food coloring and the zest from one orange and lightly mix them into the butter mixture.
In a third bowl, add ¾ blue-moon Ale and 3 tablespoons milk and whip together with a whisk.

Add some of the flour mixture to the beer while mixing with the hand mixer.

Add some of the butter mixture and mix in with a hand mixer.

Continue to alternate adding the dry ingredients, mixing with the electric mixer, add the butter mixture and mix until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed in one bowl.
Place paper cupcake lines into a cupcake pan.

Spoon the blue-moon cupcake batter into the liners until they approximately two-thirds of the way full.
Place the cupcake pan into the 375 degree oven.

Bake for 20 to 24 minutes. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake and pull it out. If the toothpick is clean, the cupcakes are done. If cake sticks to the toothpick, continue to bake for another 2 to 3 minutes at a time until the toothpick comes out of the cupcake clean.

Carefully remove the cupcakes from the cupcake pan and place them on a metal rack to cool.

blue-moon Cupcake Icing

 Add 6 ounces of whipped cream cheese, 8 to 10 drops of blue food coloring and ½ cup of butter to a bowl.

Beat the cream cheese and butter together with the electric hand mixer until well blended.

Pour the 2 ½ cups of confectioner’s sugar into the cream cheese and butter mixture slowly while continuously beating the ingredients until very well blended.

Add 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice and mix it in with a wooden spoon.

Icing the blue-moon Cupcakes

Scoop up the icing with a thin spatula and spread over the cupcakes.

Zest the second orange over the top of the icing.

 Tips, Tricks and Other Stuff

Slice an orange and lay the slices around the cupcakes as a decorative and edible garnish.

Save blue-moon caps, wash them and place them on the serving plate to add a little interest and fun to the serving plate.
 And yet another presentation suggestion – save blue-moon beer bottles, rinse them well and stand them upside down to dry. Lay the bottles here and there around the serving plate.

Adding the food coloring to the cupcake batter and the icing is purely optional – I just think it makes the cupcakes look a lot more fun and festive. You can also make the cupcakes blue and the icing orange – or leave them a vanilla color with white icing – it’s your cupcake party – you decide!

blue-moon is made by the Miller Coors Brewing Company.

Miller Coors began marketing and selling blue-moon in 1995.

If you are a big fan of orange flavoring, you can add more freshly squeezed orange juice to the icing to enhance the flavor, just as if you aren’t a big fan of orange you can skip the orange juice or the orange zest.

Play with the recipe a little to make it your own.