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