Today I spent the whole day baking for my very first EVER order from an ACTUAL customer.
Yesterday the scale was a mean scale and told me to get the cupcakes the eff out of the house. So, being a good daughter and sister, I boxed up the remaining reese’s, chocolate, banana, and orange cupcakes and surprised my sister at work with them, and my mom at work with them. My mom has AWESOME co workers who were just in love with the cupcakes. So my mom’s coworker Ronda decided that she wanted to be my first customer. Her son Kyle is turning 21 tomorrow, and she wanted some delicious cupcakes to celebrate. We wanted to do something a little more MANLY than the flavors she had, so we decided on “Hamburger” cupcakes and *drum roll* Blue Moon flavored cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese frosting. YUM. Also, she went ahead and got a half dozen of the reese’s ones because she liked them. 🙂
The hamburger ones turned out pretty cute! All I did was make one batch of chocolate cupcakes, and one batch of vanilla cupcakes. Once the cupcakes had cooled, I used a bread knife and cut the vanilla cupcakes in half, and the chocolate ones in thirds. I discarded the top and bottom thirds of the chocolate ones. (wasteful, i know.)
Then all I did was frost some green “lettuce” on the bottom “bun” of the vanilla cupcake, put the chocolate “meat” in the middle and added some “ketchup and mustard” frosting on top of that. Then I put the top “bun” on, and sprinkled it with sesame seeds, and shoved a toothpick in to keep it all together.
They turned out pretty cute.
Honestly, though, the Blue Moon ones were the ones I was excited about. After waiting around for what seemed like HOURS (oh wait, that’s because it actually WAS hours) for my mom to bring me beer*, I finally was able to get these delicious bad boys all mixed up.
* because I’m an itty bitty baby and I still can’t buy beer. This is actually MORE annoying in situations where I’m just going to COOK with alcohol.
Holy. Crap. THEY ARE DELICIOUS. by the way. I mean, in case you were really going to question whether Blue Moon + Cupcake would in fact = delicious. But really, who would be questioning that? of COURSE they’re delicious.
Anyway, here’s the recipe!
Blue Moon Cupcakes (via The Bitchin’ Kitchen )
- 3/4 a stick/6 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 4 oz buttermilk*
- 6 oz Blue Moon beer*
- 2 tsp vanilla
- zest of one orange
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp baking soda
* Here’s a very important tip that I wish I was someone had thrown out there prior to my diving into the cupcake-making process. Unfortunately, I ended up learning the hard way: 1 shot glass does NOT equal 1 ounce. 1 shot glass actually equals 1.5 ounces. Thankfully I had plenty of buttermilk and Blue Moon beer, so I didn’t need to run to the grocery store when I had to restart my cupcake batter after Step 3.
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Melt butter and set aside to cool down.
3) Whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, beer, vanilla, and orange zest in one bowl, and mix together the sugar, flour, coriander, and baking soda in another. (Here’s another tip: You can make buttermilk by combining 1 tbsp lemon juice and enough milk to add up to 1 cup. So easy!)
4) Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two parts, using a mixer to combine. Add the melted butter and combine.
5) Pour batter into cupcake cups and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool.
Aaaaand, here’s the frosting recipe I went with!
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- Beat cream cheese, butter or margarine, orange peel, and orange juice until creamy. Beat in confectioner’s sugar until blended and smooth.
- Spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons on each cooled cupcake.
- Let icing set 1 to 2 hours. Refrigerate in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers up to 1 week.
Well my fellow foodies, it was just that simple!
Until next time..
love one another.