Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blue Moon Cupcakes


Ah, the collision of two wonderful things.

This recipe really doesn't need very much explaining. They're cupcakes that look and taste like little Blue Moons. The cake has that faint citrus and wheat taste, and the frosting is light and airy and barely there, just like the foam on top of a beer.


These would be a great crowd pleaser to bring to a Labor Day barbeque. And if you don't want to make them from scratch, I'd be willing to bet that you could just add some Blue Moon and orange zest to a packaged yellow cake mix. Just get one that uses butter, not oil [otherwise it will be too liquidy] and add 1/2 - 3/4 cup beer and 1/2 tsp of orange zest.


I used a little food coloring in the cake batter because I really wanted that golden orange color of Blue Moon. You can definitely leave it out, your cupcakes will just be a lighter color.

NOTE: I know some of you might not be too into the idea of making icing out of egg whites. If that doesn't sound appealing, or if you're going to store your cupcakes for a little while before eating, you can just make a basic buttercream recipe [like this one] and add the orange zest and juice to it.


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

Directions:
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

Directions:
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.

81 comments:

  1. Pretty sweet cupcake treat! Sure kids would love such delish looking moon cupcakes. This would be perfect for celebration like for kids party. With that frosting on top and a slice of orange, sure is appetizing!

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  2. Oh goodness me, ive never had Blue Moon but i sure do want to try it annndd even more so these gorgeous cupcakes after your description and adorable photos! Sounds absolutely delicious, and that frosting...Spoon? Bowl? please!

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  3. blue moon is good! it's a citrusy wheat beer, similar to a hefeweizen. you could probably use any good hef in its place.

    this was the first time i made 7 minute frosting, it always sounded like too much work [seven WHOLE minutes?!?] but it was so easy. and yes, it was delicious. at one point i was standing in my kitchen not just licking frosting off my finger but actually scooping it out of the bowl with multiple fingers. terrible. but wonderful.

    your name made me laugh! i do the same thing!!

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  4. I found your blog on Pinterest and I am glad I did. My boyfriend LOVES Blue Moons and of course sweets so what an AWESOME way to incorporate both of his favorites for a dessert. I will definitely be visiting your blog and looking forward to some more yummy recipes. :)

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  5. I was looking for a cupcake recipe based on a good white beer! I'm from the Netherlands (close to Belgium and Germany) so I won't have any trouble finding a delicious beer. Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Mmmmm...Blue moon is my beer of choice. Can't wait to try these.

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  7. I also found this on Pinterest and am making them for an "end of the summer" dinner party today! How many cupcakes does this recipe make? Do you think I could turn it into a layer cake instead?

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  8. hi tracy! i made 24 cupcakes, plus i had a little batter left over for maybe 2 more if i had made them. i think it would be great as a layer cake. the frosting recipe definitely makes enough for a cake.

    the cupcakes didn't rise all that much, on the lower end of the spectrum as far as cupcakes go, but they were still fluffy on the inside. so your cake not rise as much as you expect but i think it will still turn out great!

    let me know how it works! :]

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  9. I found your recipe on Pinterest and I just made the cupcakes! Blue Moon is my favorite so I had to try it. They came out great. I'm not a big fan of the icing because it is too frothy (the egg whites) and not enough of the tangy orange juice taste. Maybe I can add a little more orange juice next time. But it did compliment the cupcake well. Great recipe and thanks for sharing!!

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  10. Aimee, so glad to hear from someone that made them!! Yeah the frosting is almost like marshmallow fluff but lighter. If you want it to be more orangey you could also add some zest next time. Or you could make an orange zest buttercream if that's more your thing.

    Glad to hear you tried them and that they turned out well! :)

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  11. Hey!
    Kinda random, but how do you think these would hold up in the mail? A good friend of mine just had a birthday followed by a brake up and I'd love to shower him with his favorite beer in the form of cupcakes! I'm just nervous about sending them...I guess I could always send the icing in a container and make him do some work ( :) ), but would the icing last in the mail? Any thoughts would be much appreciated! Thanks girl

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  12. hi emily,

    i have personally never mailed cupcakes before, but i'd say from the delicate nature of the frosting and the fact that it contains egg whites it's probably not the best thing to mail. it will kind of deflate and break down during the trip, even in a separate container and especially without refrigeration. it's also probably not the best idea food safety wise.

    the best thing to do might be to actually get a can of whipped vanilla frosting, stir in 1/2 tsp of orange zest, and mail it with the cupcakes so he can put it on himself. it will be a lot sweeter than the egg white frosting but will hold up a lot better.

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  13. Thanks so much Devon! I think that's a good idea. Guys eat anything, so I'm sure if they're a little misshapen, he won't care too much! I'm really excited to give this a shot, this is my faaaavorite beer!

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  14. My 2 favorite indulgences!!! Also, Bluemoon was my gateway beer. :) I saw this on Pinterest and have already forwarded the recipe to 2 friends who will hopefully make me a batch! Thanks for posting, your blog is so awesome!

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  15. Oh my, those look fantastic! Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to make them!

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  16. The little bit of orange just makes the difference from these delightful cupcakes to amazing ones! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us!

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  17. My all time favorite! Orange cupcakes are such a treat for me and my kids. They will surely love this and from the looks of it, it will e hard to keep it from them.

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  18. I made these! So yummy. Thanks for the idea! http://selfishlyhappy.blogspot.com/2011/09/recipe-blue-moon-cupckaes.html

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  19. I just made these for co-workers and friends. Easy to make. Everyone LOVED them. The frosting recipe did make more than enough so I'd probably make half that next time. It also didn't rise a whole lot so I filled the cupcake liners a little bit more than I normally would have. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

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  20. I made these last night for all my drunken friends: they were a hit. Seriously, I had one guy who ate six in one setting. Plus they were able to drink all the left over blue moon afterwords.

    Best cupcakes I ever made! Thanks for this. The seven minute frosting was the extra oomph it needed too!

    (I also zested a whole orange. :) )

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  21. I also left out the baking powder and I didn't notice a difference!

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  22. Wow! These caught my eye on Pinterest! Then led me to your Fluffernutter cake shots... ooohhhh my! I'm lost in deliciousness!! :)

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  23. @tehgiantquidd ohhh that's the kind of story i love to hear! thanks for your feedback!! :]

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  24. I just made these today and they taste delicious! I bake with alcohol often enough and it usually provides a subtle flavor..but these actually TASTE like blue moon, glorious!

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  25. made these tonight using hoegaarden instead of blue moon... delicious! my boyfriends says they're the best thing i've ever made! the frosting was a fail though but that's ok as i prefer cupcakes without frosting. so now they are "hoegaarden muffins"!

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  26. hooray courtney and jen! so glad you liked the recipe!!

    jen i like the term muffin better than cupcake anyway...then you can eat a little bit more and not feel quite as guilty, right? ;]

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  27. I just made these! I don't have a mixer so the frosting didn't have quite the same consistency, but it was still amazing. I'm in college, and I posted a picture on Facebook - I had friends messaging me like crazy asking if they could come to my apartment and get one. Thanks for such a great recipe!

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  28. yaaaaaay ashleah that makes me so happy!!!! :] i'm glad you liked them!

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  29. This is a great idea, I think I'll make these with blue moon pumpkin ale for a halloween party! Instead of using orange zest I'll grate a little fresh nutmeg into the batter and grate some on top of the frosting as well!

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  30. I made these this weekend for an Octoberfest/Beer Tasting party. AMAZING! Everyone loved them and they went perfect with the theme. I may never go back to butter cream after tasting this frosting.

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  31. I made these a few days ago and they were absolutely delicious! My only concern was that mine turned out a little more muffin-like than cupcake. I mean, the insides were perfect it was just a little thick on the outsides. That totally could have been my fault (since I don't bake very often), but do you have any tips or tricks to make the cupcakes a little more soft? I plan on making these again soon and would appreciate the input! :)

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  32. hi shannon! i'm glad you liked them. these cupcakes don't rise very much and are a little more on the denser side. i would make sure that all your ingredients are room temperature, especially the eggs. they will whip up better. also maybe reduce your baking time, take them out a few minutes earlier next time and see if a toothpick inserted in the middle of the biggest one comes out clean. maybe your oven is a little hotter and they got a little overdone. hope that help! :]

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  33. i just saw these on pinterest and i am soo happy!! i'm planning to make these for my boyfriends birthday because it is one of his favorite beers and it also national cupcake day :)

    how long can i leave out the frosting? does the frosting need to be in the refrigerator before using it? i am always really nervous about using eggs in frosting

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  34. hi daniella! i totally understand your hesitation with using the raw eggs. it also is a kind of short-lived frosting, after a day it starts to kind of deflate. if you do use it, don't refrigerate it first, just frost it right after making. if you're worried about the eggs i'd say make a basic buttercream frosting instead and add a little orange juice orange zest to it and it would work just fine.

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  35. Thank you so much! Another quick question does the beer need to be room temperature?

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  36. it would definitely be better for the beer [and all your ingredients!] to be room temperature. just let the eggs, butter and beer sit out on the counter for an hour or so before you start baking.

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  37. i found these cupcakes too be too dry for a cupcake. i felt like it was more like a muffin. i also found it strange that there was so baking soda. any reason for that?

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  38. i adapted a the recipe from a yellow cake recipe i've used that doesn't have any baking soda in it. i've always been satisfied with the texture, moistness and density when following this recipe, but you could always add a little baking soda if you want the cake to have a much more open crumb. i would just start with a little, maybe 1/2 tsp, in case it really reacts with the beer.

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  39. i also don't like cupcakes that are really damp or overly sweet, since you're also eating a mouthful of frosting. so maybe we just have different cupcake preferences!

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  40. Looooove these!!! Made them yesterday and will be taking them to my Christmas eve and Christmas day festivities!! I can't wait to show them off, and did I mention they are delicious?!?! Thank you miss make!!!!

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  41. I want to try making these cupcakes with the yellow cake mix! Do I still add the eggs that the box calls for? Or just: cake mix + butter + beer + orange zest

    Thank you! Can't wait to try them!

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  42. I made the cupcakes for a get together with friends, the cupcakes turned out well but the icing for some reason wouldn't get fluffy enough. I had to hand stir it so maybe that's why. But other than that great idea! I will have to try it another time with a real mixer.

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  43. Janelle - yes, follow all the instructions on the box, then just add the zest and beer. you might have to adjust the cooking time a little so just keep an eye on them and toothpick test one of them when you take them out.

    Anna - You do really need an electric mixer to beat the egg whites. You'd need an insane amount of elbow grease to do it by hand. But I'm glad you still liked the cupcakes! :]

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  44. okay i made these tonight! http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/407453_10100335468445725_38420207_44942564_601588670_n.jpg .. i added twice as much beer as it called for and whipped the frosting for about 10 minutes instead of 7. they came out WONDERFUL and were a huge hit!

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  45. These cupcakes were delicious! A hit with my son hmmmm he's a little young to be liking blue moon so much lol A hit with the adults too! The frosting is perfect and will be used on other cakes. Like marshmallow - yummy! Thank you!!! ~ Jennifer

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  46. oh yay vicky and jennifer! so happy to hear they turned out for you.

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  47. Do you have to use orange juice? I'm highly allergic to oranges, could i use lemons or another citrus fruit?

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  48. No, you could use lemon zest and juice instead. Blue Moon naturally tastes orange-ish and is traditionally served with an orange so that's why I went that way. But I think lemon would complement it just fine, it just might not taste very "blue moon."

    Sometimes wheat beers like hefeweizen are actually served with a lemon slice, so you could swap the Blue Moon out for a brighter tasting hefeweizen and make little lemon-hef cupcakes, I think those might be pretty good!

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  49. omg, my two favorite things: BEER and CUPCAKES! unreal. love the idea of doing this with lemon and a hefeweizen too!

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  50. Can anyone let me know if they used the cake mix instead of making from scratch

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  51. Just made these for a Superbowl party...I tried one, they're awesome! I hope they'll be a big hit, I'm sure they will (who doesn't love blue moon & cupcakes??)

    Also I have to thank you doubly...I'm pregnant and have been craving beer like you wouldn't believe! I can happily pretend I'm drinking a blue moon with these cupcakes and they are perfectly safe (minus the icing, I just used regular icing w/orange zest)! Thanks so much for the recipe! :)

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  52. OMG Im so excited to make these this weekend for my friends bday.. they both LOVE blue moon!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this!!!!

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  53. Hi, I am going to make these cupcakes for my boyfriend on valentines day but I have a question. Do you just store these in a tight container and leave out? Or do you store in a tight container in a refrigerator because of the eggs in the frosting?? Thanks :)

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  54. i would store it in a container at room temperature and eat it the same day you make it. you might want to actually leave it a little cracked, the humidity from the cupcakes in a completely sealed container might cause the frosting to break down faster. if you need to make the cupcakes a day in advance, i would make a buttercream icing recipe and just add the zest and juice to that [there's a link in the post above].

    if you have leftover cupcakes i'd definitely stick em in the fridge, but the fluffy white frosting will probably deflate and turn more into a glaze at the colder temperature. hope that helps!

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  55. I just made these cupcakes and was surprised how tasty the batter was. I agree with above comments that these are more muffin than cupcake. A little like the texture of cornbread. But yummy. I added zest to the frosting and liked it. I didn't realize the frosting would break down in the fridge until I just read the above post, but it will probably still taste good. Thanks for the fun recipe!

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  56. Can't wait to make these cupcakes! Do you have the link for making a buttercream frosting and and adding the orange zest to that?

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  57. Nevermind, I see it!

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  58. Made these over the weekend and my first batch burnt at the 375 for 18 mins. I remade them using a yellow cake mix and they turned out great. I just replaced all the water with beer, 1/3 cup oil, 3 eggs and orange zest. They were so delicious. I made some orange cool whip frosting for the tops and they were devoured. Thanks for the recipe!!

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    1. I was wondering what brand cake mix you used and did the recipe for that specific cake mix call for 1/3 cup oil and 3 eggs or did you experiment with those numbers?

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  59. I found this from googling beer cupcakes, and yes I love Blue Moon! I have Hangar 24 Orange Wheat at home so I definitely will try this recipe with the Hanger. I haven't tried the 7 minute frosting, but will see. I might opt with an orange zest buttercream frosting.

    these look yummy :)

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  60. thanks for this. My roommate is about to have a birthday and i'm gonna make this for him, being the blue moon fan he is i hope he'll love it.

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  61. if you dont want to use egg whites for the recipe wilton makes merengue powder that works so well in place of egg whites

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  62. I literally just took mine out of the oven. Sooooo good! I followed the directions exactly yet put them in the oven for 15 instead of 18 minutes. Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely be making these again very soon!!!

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  63. I made these and they turned out really well! They were for my boyfriend and his friends (but there were enough for me to steal a few) and they loved them.

    Also, I think that you could put that frosting on absolutely anything and it would taste delicious.

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  64. I'm curious. Could you use beer instead of water for the frosting or would that make it too heavy/ bitter?

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    1. since the water is part of a chemical reaction when you cook the sugar, i would say don't switch anything out. however you could definitely add beer at the orange juice stage!

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    2. I used beer in place of the water as well as reduced the orange juice by half and replaced the rest with beer. It turned out great!!

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  65. I've made these cupcakes twice now and I absolutely love them (as does everyone that ate them!) The only problem I had is I couldn't get the frosting very fluffy, it came out more liquid both times. I want to use the frosting recipe still, any suggestions on how to make it turn out fluffier/thicker?

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    1. so glad you like the cupcakes! the frosting can be a little temperamental in different kinds of weather, like very humid weather. also if you start with your egg whites straight from the fridge they will be very cold and it will be hard to get them to fluff properly. make sure you let the eggs sit out on the counter for at least an hour before you use them. also make sure your cream of tartar is fresh. hope that helps!

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  66. These look amazing! I'm definitely going to be making these soon. Thanks for sharing. You are quite creative. Hope you don't mind me stealing this to put on my blog http://www.mmmbeerblog.com/2012/07/29/blue-moon-cupcakes/

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    1. Hi Beau! Thank you for asking! I would love for you to talk about my blue moon cupcakes, try the recipe [take pictures!!], and link back to my blog on yours. However I would prefer that you not post my recipe, because then people don't have to visit my site any more to learn how to make them. I hope you understand, again thank you for asking!

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  67. So I made this again, but subbed in Abita Strawberry instead... I really wish I would have read that comment you made about humidity... because I just moved to New Orleans, and the frosting totally is NOT agreeing with the weather here. For the record though, they are still extremely delicious.

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  68. What, if any, adjustments can be made to this recipe for high altitude baking?

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    1. i've actually never done any high altitude baking! i've always lived at low altitudes...hopefully someone else can help you out? or maybe google? :]

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  69. Dumb question, but I just want to make sure... Are these ok for kids to eat?? I have cooked with alcohol before, so I know that the alcohol cooks out and the flavor remains. But I have never baked with alcohol before. I just don't feel like getting my friend's little kids drunk at my daughters 1st birthday party!!

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    1. Hi Christine! Not a dumb question! Since its 1 cup in the recipe, that means each cupcake will have 1/24th of a cup of beer in it, or approx. 2 tsp. A little over half will bake off, meaning there will be less than one tsp worth of alcoholic beer per cupcake. So they won't be getting drunk, but there will be trace amounts. I think it would be fine, but if you're worried you could always use a touch less beer and use more milk, as long as the total amount of liquid stays the same.

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    2. Ah thank you! I think I am just going to do this for the adults, and make maple bacon cupcakes for the little ones. Good to know though!! :)

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    3. Sure thing! Maple bacon cupcakes sound amazing!! :)

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  70. This is by far the best Blue Moon cupcake recipe on the web... and just for giggles, I just used your recipe to make a layer cake. Turned down the heat to 350 and baked two 9" rounds for 30 mins... absolutely PERFECT in texture, flavor, etc- just like the cupcakes! Actually it rose even better than the cupcakes did. 0.0 I also used an orange-flavored buttercream in the middle and frosted the outside with the 7-minute frosting. Wow, just wow. So yes, if anyone else was wondering if you can do layer cakes with the recipe, the answer is a resounding yes!

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