It’s a common view that cupcakes are a girly dessert. You will mostly find girls ooh-ing and aah-ing over a pretty and cutely decorated cupcake.
I know a few guys who actually like cupcakes but run away from the artificially colored and overly decorated cupcake. Most guys are so simple and uncomplicated, they wouldn’t care about a pink rosette or funfetti or sprinkles. Or flowers. Or sparkles. For them (As I have been told by a few friends), it’s about the flavor and the taste. The looks matter, of course. But it should be neat and presentable. Maybe just like they feel about girls?
Yes, I asked. ‘Research’.
Well, Father’s Day is just around the corner and I had to bake something for my Dad – Because that’s my thing, baking special things for special people. And not a cake which is sometimes a pain in the ass to decorate and present. Cupcakes are easy. They bake faster, are a smaller bite, you don’t have to worry about how to decorate this gigantic cake, and torte-ing and leveling and what have you. You don’t have to worry too much about their appearance if you don’t want to you. Even a simple pile up of frosting on top will go a long way.
Well, you couldn’t get anything manlier than Beer. A man’s best friend, to quote a friend of mine. I have a love-hate relationship with the beverage myself. I took a while to develop a taste for it, but I started liking it later. I did stop when I realized the calories it packs on. I still go all ‘Mmmmmm’ when I smell beer, but I have to remind myself of those terrible calories to just not.
It took a lot of searching on Google to find the perfect recipe I wanted to use. I tweaked it a bit, adjusting the amount of beer. The batter seemed a little thick, so I thinned it with some more beer. I also used just regular butter cream with beer added to it. No vanilla added to distract from the glorious beer flavor. When I tasted just the cake without the frosting, the beer flavored was very mild – had almost cooked out. But the butter cream balanced that out perfectly. A beer-loving friend told me a beer like Kingfisher will add a stronger flavor. Notice how I also just plopped the butter cream on top? Uncomplicated. I added crushed Maltesers on top just for a bit of decoration and luckily, they added another delicate dimension to the flavor.
Needless to say, these are adult cupcakes. They would make a good grown-up’s dinner dessert. I think this may be the answer to the question a lot of beer-hating girls keep asking – ‘How can you drink beer? The SMELL!’. If you know someone who has asked you this question, or just hates beer, make these cupcakes for them for a transition phase. I can’t guarantee that they will start drinking beer, but they will sure as hell stop asking you that question.
- For the cupcakes:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup lager beer
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- For the butter cream:
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups, icing sugar
- 4-5 tablespoons lager beer (Can be adjusted to taste)
- 4 tablespoons Heavy cream (Can be adjusted for creaminess)
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line 1 cupcake tin with cupcake liners.In a medium large bowl, cream the butter with sugar until fluffy.
- In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add egg to sugar/butter mixture and beat until incorporated. Add vanilla and beer and mix. Gradually add flour mixture to wet mixture and mix until just combined.
- Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of a way full. Place in preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a knife is inserted and when removed is clean.
- For the butter cream:
- In a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed till soft and creamy. Sift in the icing sugar. Beat at low speed at first to prevent the icing sugar to explode everywhere, then at high, about 5 mins. Add the beer and cream. You can increase the quantity of these little by little, according to what taste and consistency of frosting you like. Add in more sugar, if you plan to pipe the frosting. I had about a cup of frosting leftover.
- Pipe the frosting as desired. If you feel the cupcakes need to be a little more moist or need a stronger beer flavor, poke the cakes with a toothpick and brush some beer on. I didn't because I felt the flavor was fine.