Easy Blue Moon Cupcakes

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.



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  1. Amber says

    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 says

      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.

  2. says

    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. 😮 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!

  3. Jamie says

    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!

  4. says

    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.

  5. Fiona says

    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!

  6. Kait says

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

  7. Amanda says

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

  8. Jessica says

    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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