Beer Cupcakes

Beer Cupcakes


Beer CupcakeFather’s Day is almost here and what better way to celebrate Dad then to make these delicious Ale Mancakes.  Full of beer, peanuts, pretzels and chocolate, you can’t go wrong. All of his favorites in one delicious bite!

Beer Cupcakes

I love cooking with beer. It is my secret ingredient to perfect Crepes and delicious Fish Tacos. In most items the beer flavor cooks out, but not in these cupcakes. In fact, when I pulled them out of the oven my kitchen had an intense beer aroma. I wish someone could bottle up that smell!

Beer Cupcakes

Make sure you use a good craft beer for this recipe, otherwise the flavor will cook out. I think that you can use most any type of lager or ale.

Beer Cupcakes

Hope all you father’s have a wonderful Father’s Day and are celebrated for all that you do. I will be celebrating my husband because he truly is the world’s best father, and quite frankly the better parent!


Beer Cupcakes

Yield: Makes 10 cupcakes

Beer Cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup craft beer
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Frosting
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted peanuts
  • Chocolate Ganache Drizzle
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 1 cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer or a large bowl, combine melted butter and sugar and mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add egg to sugar/butter mixture and beat until incorporated.
  5. Add vanilla and beer and mix.
  6. Gradually add flour mixture to wet mixture mixing until just combined. Do not over mix.
  7. Fill liners 2/3 of a way full.
  8. Place in preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a knife is inserted and when removed is clean.
  9. Frosting
  10. Cream cream cheese and butter together until fluffy.
  11. Turn mixer to low and beat in powdered sugar and milk.
  12. Once combined, beat on high for 5 minutes.
  13. Pipe or spread frosting onto the cupcakes.
  14. Top with crushed pretzels and peanuts.
  15. Ganache
  16. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips, butter, and cream and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave again for 10 second increments until completely melted.
  17. Let cool for a few minutes then place in ziploc bag and snip off the corner.
  18. Drizzle over cupcakes.

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8 Responses to Beer Cupcakes

  1. teacher-chef June 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    This just makes me laugh that you call these “mancakes” because I had a student a few years ago who told me they liked to cook ManCakes, which is just a funny thing to hear a 10 year old say (turns out ManCakes to him were just HUGE pancakes)!

    BUT; these cupcakes look delicious, love how beer and chocolate could go together; how do you think a Guinness would work in here!?

  2. Elizabeth @ June 9, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    Haha, Ale Mancakes! That would be an excellent male stripper name, right? Or even band name? Dibs!!

  3. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting June 10, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Yum. Just yum!

  4. Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite June 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Oh my goodness, these look incredible!

  5. Daniel June 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    I’m going to try these this weekend! Where in the recipe do you incorporate the beer? Do you mix it alternately with the dry goods?

    • theseasidebaker June 12, 2014 at 11:23 am #

      Actually it is added with the vanilla. I updated the recipe. Tell me how they come out 🙂 Thank you!

  6. Daniel June 15, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    I just put the finishing touches on the cupcakes, and they were AMAZING! I was really impressed how the beer flavor came through in spite of using an amber ale. I definitely want to try these cupcakes with other beers. I was so impressed I posted about them!


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