Blue Moon Cupcakes

Blue Moon CupcakesBlue Moon cupcake with orange cream cheese frosting and orange zest. Photo by Michaela Warren.

This weekend was my mom’s birthday, she turned 35*. I decided to make her something special, because I never have before and she deserves it for putting up with me. I got this recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon. It was originally for 24 mini cupcakes, but that is not enough for my family.

Blue Moon Cupcake
Makes 24

1 cup (2 sticks)  unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2  teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (or 2)* orange, zested (plus more for garnish)
1 1/3 cup Blue Moon beer
4 tablespoons whole milk
Orange cream cheese frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar, sifted***
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.
2. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
 Set aside.
3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer, cream butter for 1 minute. Add sugar and cream together with butter for about 3 to 4 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down after each addition.
5. Add vanilla and orange zest and mix until just combined.
6. In a mixing bowl whisk together beer and milk. Alternatively add beer mixture and flour mixture to butter mixture until fully incorporated.
7. Fill cupcake liners 1/2-2/3 full.
8. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
 Transfer cupcakes onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
9. In a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese. With motor running add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until all sugar is added, scraping down sides of the bowl after each cup of sugar. Stir in the orange juice until fully incorporated.
10. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes or spread with an offset spatula and top with fresh orange zest. Serve.
* Age changed.
** I used 1 orange and it was enough flavor, adjust to your liking.
*** If you don’t have a sifter you can use a strainer with small holes.

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