Easy Blue Moon Cupcakes

by Brittany on January 1, 2013

in Booze, lowercase b, Recipes

I’ve seen them pinned and repinned across Pinterest, and it’s hard not to drool. I mean, Blue Moon cupcakes? LET’S GET DRUNK AND EAT CAKE, Y’ALL!

But, like most things I pin, I never get around to making them, because I don’t bake. Like, I don’t even own baking type supplies…. like flour and measuring spoons and stuff.

Related: We should start measuring things using shot glasses and Nyquil cups.

I found a couple really great recipes, but all of them required making everything from scratch, and I was about 2 hours away from our New Years Eve party with not a supply in sight.

Plus, after reading lots of comments and reviews, it seems the general consensus was that all the cupcakes were coming out more MUFFINY and less CUPCAKEY. No bueno.

I had boxed cake mix, beer, a bag of oranges my in-laws sent me from Florida, and some powdered sugar, so I took some inspiration from the internet and developed my recipe in an easier, way lazier fashion.

Easy Blue Moon Cupcakes with Vodka Infused Oranges

Easy Blue Moon Cupcakes

Cake Supplies:
1 Boxed Cake Mix (Yellow or White, making it per instructions may require you to also have oil and eggs on hand)
1 Bottle Blue Moon
1 tsp Orange Zest
Cupcake Liners

5 cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup Butter, soft/melted
4 tbsp Beer
2 tbsp Orange Juice

1 Orange
1/2 cup Citrus Vodka (I used Absolut Mandrin)

Tip: You’re going to prepare the boxed cake mix exactly like the directions on the box, the difference being you are going to substitute the water with beer.

1. Open two bottles of beer. Drink one, and let the other one sit. It’s best to work with when it’s a little less foamy.

2. Pre-heat the oven per the cake box instructions.

3. Prep garnish. Slice the orange into small slices, place in a bowl and cover with Mandrin Vodka.

4. Mix the cake batter, replacing the water with beer and add in 1 tsp of orange zest. Fill the cupcake liners just under 3/4 full. These cupcakes will rise.

5. Bake to the low end up the box baking instructions, I baked mine for 15 minutes at 325 degrees.

6. Assemble the frosting: mix the powdered sugar and melted butter in a large mixing bowl (use a spoon at first, not your mixer, or the sugar will fly everywhere and you’ll look like a coke addict).

7. In a small bowl mix the 2 tbsp orange juice and 4 tbsp beer, and slowly add that to the sugar while mixing on low until you get your desired frosting consistency.

8. When the cupcakes are done, let them cool before frosting. Garnish with the vodka infused orange slices.

Remember, don’t cupcake and drive.



{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

meleahrebeccah January 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

OMG. *drool*


Amber January 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I’ve read the directions on Pinterest and thought “eh, too much work”. But this seems right up my lazy ally. Can’t wait to try!


Brittany January 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Seriously, it’s just altering boxed mix, and if you want to get super lazy, buy some vanilla whipped frosting in a can, add some orange zest and beer, mix, and boom. Probably tastes awesome as well.


Denise2Teach January 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I think doctored cake mixes are always the best bet! Once I was in line at the grocery and the dude behind me had an entire cartful of box cake mixes. I asked him if he was jonesing for some cake and he told me it was for a local bakery. :o Even they use the box.

Booze in place of water is great. Coffee in place of water in chocolate is great too.

They look really pretty and I bet they were delish!


Jamie January 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I used a box mix last night too, adding beer instead of water and adding orange zest. But for the frosting I used Pillsbury buttercream frosting and added a splash of beer and oj to it before frosting. Never though to infuse the orange slices!


Kimberly Smith January 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm

These are going on my dinner party recipe list. Good thing I have boozey friends.


Audra January 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm

How were they??????


Brittany January 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm

They were actually amazing. Super light and moist!


Gween January 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm

My favorite blue moon….and cake???
This is kismet.


LouisianaMeredith January 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

This is a keeper!


Nuala Reilly January 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm

You should come here around holiday time…any holiday time. I LOVE baking and I go a little nuts with it.
AND my oldest wants to be a proffessional baker and he makes this chocolate cake (from scratch) that will make you want to bitch slap someone in happiness.

I’m gonna have to try this recipe. Hope your holidays were great.


Jen@whenpigsfly January 2, 2013 at 7:47 am

Very cool! See, you are a baker and didn’t know it.


Kim January 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Do they have an alcohol taste? They look awesome!


Dawn January 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Those look delicious! Going to have to bring those to Bunko next time!! Thanks for sharing!


Lyndsey January 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm

How long do you soak the orange slices?


Fiona January 6, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I was just all, “I should totally make these for a fun dessert tonight!” and then realized I have exactly two of the needed ingredients: beer and butter. Guess I need to go shopping!


Crystal January 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

These cupcakes look deelish, and you, chica, are hilarious. Approval all around!


Kait January 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Ah excited! I made the ones from pinterest and kind of decided it was glorified cornbread… so I will definitely be trying this!!


Amanda March 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I love how easy they are!! I made then for a “beer tasting” party and they were a huge hit.. Thanks..


Krissy June 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Very delicious! Couldn’t really taste too much of the beer, has anyone tried upping the amount? Or doing more beer/less oil?


Gina-Marie June 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

These were a big hit!! The cake was light and moist, but I made Grand Marnier frosting instead and it was delightful. Thanks so much for the great idea. Here’s a photo: http://twitter.com/#!/morphiaflow/status/351072535477108738


Jessica March 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

These were a huge hit.. Light moist and delightful.. What I did was poke holes in my cupcakes and soak it with the bear sort of like u would do a tres leche cake… And the frosting was a hit.. I soaked my oranges for 24hrs in vodka.. Those were awesome alone..


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