Sunday, April 1, 2012

Beer is awesome! | Corona (cup)cake

Something you guys might know about me is that I never was a big lover of beer.
I always loved wine in all varieties,
I loved tea and coffee
I loved bubbles and  coctails.

But until recently I simply didn't like the taste of beer.

I'm from Belgium.
I'm not ashamed to admit this stuff.}

Then, something changed: 

I made a list with challenges I set for myself in this upcoming year. One of those challenges is to drink 13 different kinds of beer
{In the course of  a full year, mother. Not on one night, Jeez louise!}

So this is what happened:

Beer 1: Yuk. Gross.
Beer 2: Err. Yeah. Whatev'
Beer 3: This one is actually not that bad.
Beer 4: Such a rich and very complex aroma...
Beer 5: Beer = good!

And this is what happened next:

Corona cupcake

Corona (cup)cakes
recipe adapted from spoonforkbacon
yields about 12 cupcakes or 1 big cake.

Corona cake

100 g unsalted butter, softened [1/2 cup]
270 g granulated sugar [1 1/4 cup]
250 g all purpose flour [1 2/3 cup]
2 t baking powder
1/4 t* salt
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 lime, zested (plus more for garnish)
160 ml Corona [2/3 cup]
2 T* milk

optional: green coloring

one: preheat oven to 375 °F/ 190 °C and line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners OR butter the cake form.
two: in a medium-sized bowl; whisk together the  flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
three: cream the butter with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Rub the lime zest into the granulated sugar and add to the butter. Cream together {yes, with the mixer} for another 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
four: add eggs one at a time; beating after each addition.
five: in a mixing bowl whisk together beer and milk. Now; alternatively add beer mixture and flour mixture to butter mixture until fully incorporated. Make sure you begin and end with the dry mixture.
six: fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. OR fill the cake form 2/3 full and bake for 50 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
seven: allow cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.

Lime cream cheese frosting

250 g philadelpia, softened [8 ounces]
100 g unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup
800 g powdered sugar, sifted [ ~ 4 cups]
2 T* freshly squeezed lime juice 
2 t* lime zest

one: cream together the cream cheese and butter in an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. About 2 minutes.
two: slowly add powdered sugar, juice and zest until well-combined.
three: pipe frosting onto cupcakes once cooled {or spread with a spatula if you can't find your frosting bag; like me}. Top with a thin, fresh slice of lime.

* t = teaspoon.
T = tablespoon


  1. Very unusual, but I will need to try this. The recipes I have of baked goods with beer have turned out wonderfully and I am sure this will be the same. Glad you posted this one-thanks!

  2. Thank you, Tina! this is, ofcourse a completely different kind of beer than most recipes ask for so it does have a very different taste too. But I really like it, it tastes like spring, fresh grass under my feet and gardenparties... I hope you enjoy it too... :)

  3. I made the cupcake version of this for a party and everyone fell in love with them! Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. Oh, Anonymous! I'm soooo glad you and your friends liked them. Thank YOU for coming back and saying these kind words! They totally just bright up this rainy day.

  5. i sorta think you made these cupcakes just for me :) Corona is my FAVORITE beer and that lime cream cheese frosting? Oh man! I could bathe in that stuff. Looks awesome :)

  6. Thank you, Sally! Bathing in frosting is like the best idea ever! I think it would be a great cure for a dry skin. :)

  7. hello there....The recipe seems interesting. Planning to try it this weekend... thanks for posting it up...i have tried making stout choc cake and it was a hit among my frends!! so i believe this one will be too... :) :)

  8. I hope you liked the recipe and your friends weren't dissapointed! :)

  9. great recipe, i used lemon zest and lemon juice instead - tasted great!

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