Taking Dessert to the Next Level of Awesomeness: How to Make Bacon Beer Cupcakes

created at: 08/14/2013This ManMade guest post was written by Misty Birchall, founder of PubCakes, makers of craft beer-flavored cupcakes.

I have been making craft beer cupcakes for over four years now down in San Diego with my business PubCakes. I design my cupcakes for beer lovers (and I’m talking about the kind of person who drinks beer for the taste, not chugs for the buzz), but these cupcakes are super tasty, even if you don’t crave a sudsy beverage on a hot day.

The base of my cupcakes is PubCakes Craft Beer Cake Mix, which you can find here on my Kickstarter which launched on August 5th. I’ve developed four distinct flavors to choose from, depending on what sort of beer you want to bake with, as well as a bunch of recipes to choose from on my website.

Because I’m guest-blogging for ManMadeDIY, I thought back to the days when I would cook at my boyfriend’s house.  And then I remembered what I was able to find on hand in his kitchen. So, I decided to make my Beer for Breakfast cupcakes using only a wooden spoon…. that’s right, I left my KitchenAid behind.

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Beer for Breakfast Cupcakes

  • 1 package PubCakes Cake Mix – Vanilla Ale Flavor [you can try subbing another cake mix, but they won’t taste as good 😉 ]
  • 1/2 cup AleSmith Wee Heavy (or similar Scotch Ale)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup bacon (cooked and chopped – plus more for topping)

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350ºF, and place cupcake liners in muffin pan (12 regular size or 24 mini). In a small bowl, combine melted butter and beer, mix well.

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In a large bowl, beat egg. Slowly add the beer and butter mixture. Add the cake mix then the crumbled bacon, and mix until combined.

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Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full – I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup (and a lightsaber chopstick… you know, use what you’ve got). Bake for 16 to 20 minutes.

Cupcakes are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from pan, cool to room temperature, frost with maple cream cheese frosting.


Place room temperature butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Beat until smooth… if you couldn’t tell from the pictures, this is a bit of a workout.

Add powdered sugar and maple syrup.  

Continue to whip until the mixture slightly lightens in color and gets a bit fluffy.

To frost the cooled cupcakes, pour the frosting into a freezer bag and snip off the corner.created at: 08/14/2013

Finally top the cupcakes with more bacon crumbles (this is what makes them pretty).

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Now, go you drink that beer you had left in the bottle to enjoy WITH your cupcakes. Because it tastes so much better that way. 😉

Yield: 12 standard size cupcakes, 24 mini cupcakes, or one 9 inch cake round

Photos: Kim Villa – Carrascography

Author: Misty Birchall

PubCakes, San Diego, CA

August 2013