Corona Cupcakes

6 May

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I heard a fun fact about Cinco de Mayo on the radio: More people in the United States celebrate this holiday than people in Mexico. I couldn’t say I was shocked, but it was surprising.

Cinco de Mayo

Case in point was my recipe experimentation for last night: Corona Cupcakes. Corona, a brand of pale lager, was introduced in 1925 in Mexico City, Mexico. It is one of the best-selling beers in Mexico and is one of the top-selling beers worldwide. So the hope of this experiment is that the cupcakes come out delish with the addition of such an unusual ingredient!

Recipe from Sweet Tooth

For the beer cupcakes:

3/4 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature

1-3/4 cup sugar

2-1/2 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3 eggs, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp orange or lime zest

1 cup Blue Moon or Corona beer, plus more for brushing on tops

1/4 cup milk

Orange/lime wedges and sanding sugar for garnish

– Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners.

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

– In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

– Add eggs, beating after each addition then add the vanilla and zest.

– Combine milk and beer and alternatively add this mixture and the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture with the mixer on low speed, starting and ending with the flour.

– Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.

– When cupcakes are done, poke holes in the tops of the cupcakes with toothpicks and brush some beer on each while still warm.

For the citrus cream cheese frosting:

12 oz cream cheese, cold

6 tbsp butter, at room temperature

1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange/lime juice

1 tsp orange/lime zest

4 cups powdered sugar

– Cream together the cream cheese and butter in an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes.

– Add the citrus juice and zest and gradually add the powdered sugar until well-combined.  Beat until smooth for about 2 minutes.

– Load frosting in a piping bag fit with a large star tip and pipe cupcake tops once cooled.

Recipe yields 24 cupcakes.

Final Product:

Cupcake Tray

The cupcakes came out great, melting in your mouth. They were a party hit! My favorite part, aside from the baking was the decoration. How do you set up your creations for an event or party?

2 Responses to “Corona Cupcakes”

  1. Hogger & Co. (@hoggerandco) May 7, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    WHOA!!!LOVE the way you decorated them, so festive – Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    • Elizabeth May 7, 2012 at 9:15 am #

      Thanks! I had so much fun doing it. The green design and presentation was a vision I had for a chic Cinco de Mayo. The set I used it in was found at Michael’s. Did you know they have the greatest supplies an baking items?

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