If you follow us on Facebook, you might have seen a small preview of Lucy’s One Year “Happy Hour” Celebration. (My longer post on the whole party is coming soon!) In keeping with the theme, I made cupcakes with Blue Moon Beer and Red Diamond Merlot for the adults. About a year ago, I saw a recipe for Boxed Wine Cupcakes, and then more recently I saw a from-scratch Recipe for Blue Moon cupcakes on Pinterest. I had to modify these recipes a bit to make them work for me, but they still turned out great!
I’m going to give you my versions of those recipes next. But first, check out this beautiful picture taken by my friend, Ruth, of the alcohol-free cupcakes for the birthday girl and her friends, with a one year cupcake topper from our local Hobby Lobby! Aren’t they cute?
While I appreciate homemade baked goods, I always prefer to use a box mix when possible. Since the Blue Moon Cupcakes recipes I found online were from scratch, I adapted the box mix recipes to include beer. Both the Blue Moon and Chocolate Merlot cupcakes turned out AMAZING and were so simple to make!
Chocolate Merlot Cupcakes Recipe
- 1 box Devil’s food cake mix
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup Merlot wine
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup Merlot wine
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make cake batter as directed on box, using cake mix, water, 3/4 cup wine, oil and eggs. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about ½ full).
- Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
- In large bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter, cocoa and salt with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Beat in ½ cup wine. If frosting is too thick, beat in more wine a few drops at a time.
- Frost cupcakes (see my tips below). Garnish with chocolate curls.
When you finish, they’ll look like this:
Blue Moon Cupcakes Recipe
- 1 Yellow Box Mix
- 3/4 blue moon
- 1/2 c water
- 1/2 tsp. Orange zest
- 1/2 c. oil
- 3 eggs
- 6 cups icing
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup Blue Moon beer
- 3 tsp Orange Juice
- Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make cake batter as directed on box, using cake mix, water, ½ cup Blue Moon, orange zest, oil and eggs. Add more or less orange zest, depending on how much orange flavor you desire. Beware, if you like the beer taste, the orange zest overpowers the beer. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about ½ full).
- Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely.
- In large bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter, and orange juice with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Slowly beat in ½ cup beer. If frosting is too thick, beat in more beer a few drops at a time. If too runny, add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar at a time. For more beer flavor, do not add orange juice.
- Frost cupcakes.
Frosting & Decorating the Cupcakes
I like to use a cake decorating bag and designer tips to frost cupcakes. The icing will need to be slightly thicker than if you were icing the cupcakes using a knife. When you insert a knife into the icing, it should form a stiff peak when you remove the knife. That’s how you know it’s the right consistency.
Use the largest tips available – my favorite is the star-like shaped tip, but the crescent or circle tip can also make a pretty design. If you don’t have a cake decorating set, you can also put icing in a ziploc bag and cut off one corner to use instead of the decorating bag.
Top with sprinkles, candies, or candles!
Yum. Is that 3/4 cup of Blue Moon or 3/4 of the bottle (9 oz)? How do they taste with the wine and beer? Better than normal box cupcakes or just different?
Hey Jeff, Its 3/4 cup of Blue Moon. The Merlot cupcakes definitely taste like wine, but the Blue Moon is masked by the orange zest and the cupcake itself. Next time, I will probably replace ALL the water called for in the mix with beer so it tastes like more than a regular cupcake. But both were REALLY REALLY good. 🙂
Beer and Wine, two of my favorite things! thanks for the post.
Those sound delicious! I’m definitely keeping these in mind for my next friend that has a birthday party!
Yay! I just posted a recipe for triple dark chocolate Cabernet cookies! These treats look fab!
How fabulous! I need to make these now!!!
This is probably a dumb question since I think I’ve heard that the alcohol in wine cooks out when cooking on the stove, but do you get a buzz from the either of t hese cupcakes?
Okay, I’m officially embarrassed for asking that, but as I used to tell my students, “no question is a dumb question” so I figured if I wanted to know I had to ask.
For the Merlot cupcake batter, do you use 1/2 cup Merlot or 3/4 cup? The ingredient list says 3/4 but the instructions say 1/2. Thanks!
Jenna, thanks for the catch! Funny that you were the first one since this has been a fairly popular post. lol! its 3/4 c. basically you want equal liquid to the amount called for on the box, so you could do a little more or less wine and adjust the water as desired.
These for sure look like food porn if I’ve ever seem it! I had an additional question for you: I was initially looking for a receipe for a white wine cupcake. Is a white wine interchangeable with the merlot measurements? Either way, I’ll still make them!