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Belgian Ale Banana Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting

3 May

The word is getting out! Yep – I love to bake, and it’s even more fun when those baked goods are packed with booze 😉 This past weekend, my friend recommended my cupcakes for a joint bachelorette & birthday party. The bride-to-be wanted to surprise her sister, who was celebrating a birthday, with beer-infused cupcakes.

As soon as I learned that the birthday girl’s favorite beer is the Belgian Tripel style, I knew what I had to do: bake La Fin Du Monde into a cupcake and smother it with creamy, dreamy dark chocolate ganache frosting and a sprinkling of pink sea salt. For the non-beer lovers out there, La Fin Du Monde is a Belgian ale from Canadian brewery Unibroue. It’s effervescent, sweet, banana-y, clove-y and rather high in alcohol content. Certainly an obvious choice to bake into, and soak onto, cupcakes!

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With that flavor profile in mind, I packed these treats with fresh bananas and ground clove. I view the frosting almost as a pairing – like what you’d get at a good beer bar. And what goes better with banana than dark chocolate? So of course, I had to frost these cakes with my simple yet indulgent dark chocolate ganache frosting. Whipped to perfection, this frosting is piped on and sprinkled lightly with sea salt, to bring out the natural sweetness of the chocolate.

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The end result? Let’s just say I could SMELL the beer in these goodies as they baked in the oven. The cakes are sweet, with hints of banana and clove, and you can absolutely taste the inclusion of the beer. Especially because I employ the “poke and soak” method post-baking: poke each cupcake with a skewer or chopstick and soak 1/2 tsp beer right on top. It really provides that extra punch, which is just to die for. Which is good, considering that La Fin Du Monde is French for “end of the world.”

Buy a bottle of Belgian ale, bake these cupcakes, and impress everyone at your next party!

Belgian Ale Banana Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Makes 24 cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting:

  • 1-1/4 C heavy whipping cream
  • 15 oz dark baking chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp flaked sea salt

Heat heavy cream in a pan on medium heat until it comes to a boil.

Remove from heat and stir in the chopped baking chocolate until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.

Transfer the chocolate to the bowl of your stand mixer and allow to cool in the refrigerator for one hour. Bake the cupcakes while this chills.

Belgian Ale Banana Cupcakes:

  • ¾ C butter, room temperature
  • 1 C white sugar
  • ¾ C brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C La Fin du Monde Belgian Tripel beer + more to soak
  • ¼ C milk
  • 2 medium bananas

Preheat oven to 350. Line two muffin tins with paper liners.

Beat butter with sugars until creamy.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and ground clove.

In another bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the eggs with vanilla, beer, milk, and mashed bananas.

Alternate adding the dry and the wet ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture. Beat until just combined.

Scoop batter into 24 lined muffin tins.

Reduce the oven temperature to 325 and bake for 18-23 minutes, rotating the tins halfway through baking. Let cool completely before frosting. TIP: speed this up by popping the cupcakes, still in the baking tins, straight into the freezer for 15 minutes.

Poke four holes into the top of each cupcake using a skewer or chopstick. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon additional beer on top and allow to soak in.

While the cupcakes cool and soak, whip up the ganache frosting.

Use the paddle attachment with your stand mixer and beat the ganache for 5 minutes on medium speed, or until it starts to create stiff peaks. Scoop the whipped ganache into a piping bag fitted with a tip of your choice. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with flaked sea salt. Refrigerate until ready to serve, allowing 30 minutes out of the fridge before enjoying.

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Witbier Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

15 Mar

If yesterday’s cupcakes were for the chocoholics and dark beer lovers, these cupcakes are all about being refreshing, citrusy and bright. Door County’s Little Sister witbier has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s light, drinkable, and so easy to enjoy, regardless the temps outside. And when I needed another cupcake flavor to offset the decadent chocolate porter cakes, this one sprang to mind immediately.

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These cupcakes are lightly spiced for a hint of something different – coriander enhances the earthy tones of this witbier, and fresh orange zest deepens the citrus flavor everyone associates with this beer style. To make them creamy and delicious, they’re topped with orange cream cheese frosting.

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Photo courtesy of Kelly Planter

And let me tell you, this frosting steals the show. I dare you to not lick up the leftovers, straight off the spoon, or better yet: dip some fresh strawberries into the extra frosting and prepare for sweet happiness. Before frosting the cakes, don’t forget to poke & soak – a spoonful of extra beer on top makes them super moist and irresistible.

Ring in the spring and bake up a batch of these witbier cupcakes soon!

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Posing with my creation! Photo courtesy of Kelly Planter.

Witbier Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting, adapted from Erica’s Sweet Tooth

Makes 24 cupcakes

For the witbier cupcakes:

  • 3/4 C unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1-3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 2-1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 12 oz bottle witbier, divided
  • 1/4 C milk

Preheat oven to 325 and line two muffin tins with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs, beating after each addition, then add vanilla and zest.

Combine milk and one cup of witbier in a small bowl. A little at a time, add the liquid and flour mixtures to the butter/sugar mixture, on low power.

Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins. Bake for 18 minutes, turning tins halfway through for even baking. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes in the tins, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Poke about 4 holes into each cupcake. Use the remaining beer and spoon a little onto the tops, to soak in and make the cupcakes super moist. Allow the cupcakes to soak while you make the frosting.

For the orange cream cheese frosting:

  • 12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 4 C powdered sugar

Use the paddle attachment with your stand mixer. Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth, about 3 minutes.Add the citrus juice and zest and gradually add the powdered sugar until well-combined. Beat until smooth for about 2 minutes.

Add the orange juice and zest and add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until combined. Continue to beat the frosting another 2 minutes.

Let the frosting chill in the fridge until you’re ready to pipe onto the cupcakes.

To assemble: 

Fit a piping bag with a wide round decorating tip and fill with the cooled frosting. Pipe frosting onto each cupcake. Serve and enjoy! Note: if you’re making these ahead, store in the fridge until an hour before serving.

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Cupcake towers are my favorite. And how cute are those pink beer cap fondant decorations!? The GPO founder, Maggie, handmade them! Photo courtesy of Kelly Planter.

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